Office Space Design: Q&A with Anne Regan

The environment around you can greatly affect your mood and productivity. Think about days when you wake up to gray skies and endless rain. You have zero motivation to get out of bed. By contrast, when you wake up to the sun and 70 degrees, you have all the motivation in the world to get up and get moving. This translates to your work environment as well. You hear about new office spaces – like Facebook or Google – that ...

Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: A Primer for the Modern Recruiter – Tips to Rethink your Role

This week’s Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup features a primer for the modern recruiter and includes articles that cover tips to rethink your role as a recruiter. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of doing things the way you always have. Face it, today’s recruiting challenges are different from yesterday’s challenges, and hopefully these tips will highlight some new approaches. 1) 5 Ways To Reinvent Your Recruiting Strategy from Forbes.com “I’ve seen this happen before: even the very best in-your-face, ...

Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: How to Engage Employees

Everyone has heard of the nebulous term “engagement” when it comes to employees. We all know that engagement is relatively low across the board, so now what? You want to jump to action and bring that engagement level up. Below are some articles on how to engage employees and take this vague term and turn it into tangible action. 1) Recognize, Reward And Engage Your Multi-Generational Workforce from Forbes “Many leaders and HR pros are struggling to find a way to ...

Using Vacation Policy to Promote Your Culture & Brand

Your company culture and your employer brand can be pulled through to any part of your organization that touches your employees, including a vacation policy. A company’s vacation policy, and how you promote it, can say a lot about your culture and brand.  The spectrum is broad – from no vacation for the first year of employment to unlimited vacation. Some industries – such as the financial industry – require two weeks (to be taken all at once) for legal ...

The Gap: Increasing Employee Retention through Increasing Its Minimmum Wage

As part of my morning routine, I was sifting through emails on my iPhone today when I came across an email from Gap Inc. with the subject line, “Gap is doing more…” I normally delete these sorts of promotional emails, but this subject line was catchy enough to get me to click through. I assumed it was some sort of corporate social responsibility effort, like reusing waste products from the supply chain or partnering with a non-profit. I was pleasantly surprised ...

Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Tips and Must-haves for Developing HR Policies and Writing Policy Manuals

No matter how small you are, HR Policies and Manuals are an important part of your organization. They reflect your culture and the type of business you want to operate, as well as protect your company should a legal issue occur with an employee. Below are some tips and must-haves for developing HR policies and writing policy manuals. 1) Checklist: Essential Items for Employee Handbook from HR World “One of the most important features of any successful business is a ...

“And the Winner Is”…One Way to Create Employer Brand Awareness

Last night millions of Americans tuned into the Oscars to find out who the most talented people are in show business. Why do these awards matter to us so much that we even broke Twitter from excessive retweeting? Awards mean credibility. It’s a way for industries to call out excellence and inform the public of the best of the best. The actors, writers, and directors who were nominated and won last night worked hard to get to that point. The ...

The Value of Culture and Employer Brand in High Turnover Industries

Over the weekend, I was explaining what I do to a few friends. In describing what we do, I emphasized the need for strong company culture, employer brand, and talent strategy because these elements of a business affect the bottom line in the long run. By not caring about these things, companies risk high turnover, among other consequences. Costing between 25% and 250% of a single employee’s annual salary, high turnover has a profound effect on the bottom line.  While ...

Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Best Reads for Recruiters

There’s a whole lot of content out there for recruiters. Some good, some not so good. If you’re looking for some of the best reads for recruiters, we’ve sifted through recent content that’s out there and highlighted some of our favorites below. And please share anything you have come across in recent months in the comments below. 1) Recruiting: Darwinism or Creationism? from Recruiting Blogs “Baby I Was Born This Way: Uh, no you weren’t. You were in a really ...

TALENT AND HR NEWS WEEKLY ROUNDUP: BEST PRACTICES IN VETERAN RECRUITING

Serving in the military is incredibly honorable. Service members learn so many useful skills and have the ability to perform well under intense pressure. Transitioning to civilian life can be an adjustment though. Veterans may have picked up desirable skills along the way, but it’s not always easy to understand how to transfer them to a “normal” job. This week’s talent and HR news weekly roundup features best practices in veteran recruiting – organizations and industries who are focused on ...