More and more organizations are focusing on the importance of employee health, which includes encouraging employees to take paid time off (PTO) for vacation. From increased productivity at work to decreased health care costs, there are a number of positive impacts of taking time away from work. In this month’s update, we’ve curated five articles to help you understand what PTO policy is best for your organization and how to best encourage your employees to take time off to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
As a team that helps client organizations find and keep talent who will thrive inside their cultures, it’s important that we do the same for our company. Being a fully remote team is a unique structure and it takes a special person to embrace how we work. It takes organization, self-discipline, motivation, and being intentional. And we found all of this in our newest hire!
Time off is a luxury for many of us. Not because we don’t get vacation days, but because we don’t take them. According to Project: Time Off, Americans left over 700 million vacation days on the table last year. In 2017, over 50% ended the year with unused vacation days.
Employer brand. To our team of experts, employer brand is more than just a talent acquisition or human resources project or initiative. It’s how an employer (just like yours) messages, markets, and brings to life its full employment experience, both externally to candidates and internally to employees.
And your employer brand doesn’t need to attract everyone.
Summer is here and internship programs are in full swing. Understanding how interns benefit your business and how to engage Generation Z is key to recruiting and retaining talent for the future. In this month’s round-up, we’ve curated five articles with insights into interns and the newest generation in the workplace.
When I landed in San Diego for the Employer Branding Strategies Conference, I wasn’t sure what I was going to walk into. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I’d be in for a whirlwind of networking, breakout sessions, snacks, and vendor giveaways – I have been to plenty of corporate events before. However, walking into the conference center on the first morning, I could tell this conference would be different.
Regardless of your industry or the size of your team, allocating budget to attend conferences can be sparse. So, whether you’re considering attending #EBrandCon 2019 or researching employer branding conferences in general, I hope you find my perspective on the event beneficial and insightful.
Did you know that May is Healthy Vision Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, and Mental Health Month? With so much focus on how we feel, it’s no wonder that corporate health and wellness programs have been on the rise! Over the last few years more and more organizations are realizing the benefits of encouraging employees to be healthy -- physically, emotionally, and mentally.
How does a magnet attract? It’s magnetism, defined as “a physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects.” Take any magnet and a paperclip from your desk, and it will stick. What makes magnets equally interesting is not everything sticks -- brass, copper, and lead. Magnets are only attracted to what are considered to be “strong” metals.
For an organization to shape its future, it must attract individuals who will thrive in its unique culture. Your employer brands needs to be magnetic. It does not need to attract everyone. It needs to attract people who have the potential to thrive in your culture, who will be motivated by what you do, and be productive by the way work gets done.
Working at exaqueo is different. Our company is completely virtual and team members see each other more conducting client work than at a company headquarters. To support our clients, we structure our schedules to be available while still balancing life priorities when we need to. With our client list growing and the increased focus companies are putting on their employer brands, it’s also time for our team to grow.
Here at exaqueo we understand that employees bring their whole selves to work, meaning that what happens at home may be just as important as what happens at work. In recognition of this, this month’s update is focused on work-life balance and how employees can do their best work when they are happy at work. We’ve hand-selected six articles on how to increase the focus on happiness and ensure that your employees are enjoying work-life balance, too.
I’ve been lucky to find jobs that truly make me happy. From my first job at 16 as a parks and recreation playground leader, to helping workers in rural areas reskill after the economic downturn in 2008, to my current role as a Brand Strategist with exaqueo. My passion, energy, and enthusiasm have served me well over the past 10 years, and in turn have lead to a very happy and successful career.
I’m not naive, nor unrealistic. Of course, my career has never been full of 100% happy moments, but overall I look back fondly and know that I have been intentionally happy at work. When you “choose happy,” your perspective changes - in life and at work. When you look at your career choice with intention, I truly believe that it reflects who we are, or what we want to become. I understand a career provides fundamental needs, however - it doesn’t mean you have to be miserable doing it. You can be happy at work, seriously. Who would have thought? Choose a role that inspires you, and then look around your workplace. You’ll find the happy, if you choose to look for it.
Their soft cries wake me up. It’s poop, pee, and then feeding. I grab a coffee between laps as I chase them around the house while picking up their toys. I settle them down for a morning nap and I log on to my virtual workspace. This is how I start almost every day －I’m a working Mom, a working Dog Mom.
When Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) decided to go down the path of a corporate brand overhaul, leaders in the Human Resources department saw an opportunity to discover who they are as a company. As the corporate brand began to take shape, so did the Olympus employer value proposition (EVP).
Recently, the exaqueo team had the opportunity to partner with Therese Beck, Olympus’ director of employee experience. Together, we worked to connect the company’s new EVP to both the employee and candidate experience, thereby, helping Olympus to stay true to who they are as a company and to their employees. I had the pleasure of talking with Therese about the journey the company is on.
Tax time and candidate experience have something in common! Well, that’s a stretch but I’ll show you the connection. It can be challenging to continue to keep candidates engaged and build those relationships, let alone be proactive and personalize a process. But it will set you apart.
Learn how to keep an eye out for potential candidates and find a way to captivate them before they even apply.
As a woman-owned business, we are especially proud to celebrate this month. Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day remind us of how lucky we are to be led by such a strong, entrepreneurial, intelligent woman, and to work alongside them everyday. As we admire our female colleagues, mentors, and role models, we have no doubt that the world could benefit from a few more female voices in the workforce. So for this month’s roundup, #teamexaqueo curated five articles on women in the workforce and on the progress that still needs to be made.
On March 8, 2018, we will participate in International Women’s Day (IWD2018) and recognize the achievements of women -- in our company and our lives, and within society at large. Need a few last-minute ideas for how your organization can join the celebration and the conversation?
What happens if you ignore your candidate experience?
That is a question the recently released 2017 North American Candidate Experience research report sheds some light on. At a high level, ignoring your candidate experience (or creating a negative experience) will create a ripple effect that will impact your organization’s ability to find and hire qualified talent. Period.
Confucius once said: “choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life." Here at exaqueo, we love what we do and strive to help others discover careers that are their best fit. Additionally, we are thrilled to hear about what you are doing in this space! Highlighting each other helps us all learn and grow as EB professionals.
That’s why for Valentine’s Day this year, we are highlighting peers and organizations who are doing love-noteworthy things in the employer brand industry. We hope to send appreciation, create new dialogues and inspire others in employer branding.
As talent acquisition and human resources professionals, we are often caught up in the process of work that we forget it’s people who are at the heart of what we do. Here at exaqueo, we believe it’s time to rethink the candidate and employee experience. Here are five articles curated to help you do just that.
As talent acquisition and human resources professionals, we are often caught up in the business-side of hiring; we forget it’s people at the heart of our work. We look at recruiting as a process and reviewing applications as a task we can’t wait to cross off our to-do list.
I think it’s time to rethink recruiting and infuse more meaningful, human moments back into the candidate experience.