Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: Trends for Recruiting Functions & Challenges

Hard to stay on top of the latest trends in recruiting? We've got you covered. This week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup features trends for recruiting functions and challenges for a myriad of sources. Enjoy!

1) Recruiting Isn’t Enough Anymore; Business Advising is the New Norm for Corporate Recruiters from ERE

"Most recruiting leaders have had coffee-shop or happy-hour conversations with each other about “having a seat at the table” or being a “more strategic partner” to the business. There is no doubt these clichés are played out (and there’s a good chance you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of reading another article about this). The truth is, there are talent-acquisition departments that talk about having a seat at the table; heck, they might even lobby so hard to get to this “table” they get a pity invite."

2) Recruit, Set, Match! from SHRM

"Maybe you’ve seen him on TV, relaxing with couples who’ve met on his popular dating site, eHarmony.com. Founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren says the dating game is a lucrative one: 44 million people use the site, and 1.2 million people he’s matched since 2000 have walked down the aisle—more marriages than any other online dating service, according to a 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Now he and others are ready to take on a different kind of matchmaking: pairing job seekers and jobs. But can they do for recruiting what they’ve done for dating?"

3) Turning Your Biggest Recruiting Challenge Into Your Biggest Asset from TLNT

"Wow, HR is focused on bringing the right talent into their organizations, and the single biggest obstacle is not skills shortages, candidate supply or qualifications — it’s their internal business partners. This challenge is hurting recruiting efforts. Respondents told us that 10 percent of new hires don’t complete their first year. And it’s at the nine-month mark that employees begin to feel disenchanted with their new role. Think about that for a moment: Three months before their first annual review and they’re already losing interest. They also told us that, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of the time, when a new hire doesn’t work out, skills are not the cause. So what is the cause? Unfortunately, we didn’t ask that specific question; however, if you consider the commonly held belief that two-thirds of people quit their boss and not their job or company, evidence starts to build."

4) What Are the Most Common Human Resources Issues? from wiseGEEK

"Human resources (HR) issues commonly experienced by employers include establishing productivity, recruiting employees, arranging and carrying out training, and preventing discrimination. Workers in personnel management also face challenges such as resolving conflicts and keeping workers safe. Establishing and distributing benefits, encouraging and maintaining diversity, and handling outsourcing are major concerns as well. How each business deals with its specific human resources issues depends on the HR manager or director as well as company policy. No matter what approach a business takes, addressing these issues usually is an ongoing process."

5) Detroit Needs Talented People...and It's Getting Them from Forbes

"Detroit’s unique challenges have given rise to bold policy prescriptions and created a hotbed of opportunities. Marc Andreessen recently suggested making drones legal to help turn the city into a policy and industrial innovation zone. Michael Bloomberg proposed providing a direct path to U.S. citizenship for immigrants who migrate to Detroit and contribute to the community for seven years. And a plan to raze and remove the city’s 40,000 abandoned buildings has gained considerable support and momentum, not to mention $450 million funding. It could help start making Detroit look like a verdant park in coming years. Last year, I asked an audience in San Francisco, “What would happen if everyone in the Bay Area were to move to Detroit?” Think about that for a second. After a bit of back and forth, we agreed that there would be a rush of startup activity out of the Motor City, including personal warming devices and other innovations. Even if the people of Silicon Valley weren’t allowed to bring money with them, investors would follow, and 8 Mile would become the new Sand Hill Road almost overnight."

6) Top 10 Toughest Questions Asked and Answered from about.com

"Regular emails from readers ask hundreds of questions each year. Patterns emerge about the toughest situations you face in your organizations. These are the ten toughest, but most frequent, questions you send my way. I've written a how-to piece to answer each question you’ve asked. These articles address and answer your toughest questions."

7) New Survey Reveals 4 out of 10 Public Sector Human Resource Professionals Say Their Agencies Will Lose 20 Percent of Employees in the Next 5 Years from North Fork View

"The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) releases its 2014 Benchmarking Survey Results on talent management. This year, the areas of focus for the research tackles succession planning, veteran, national guard and military reservist recruitment and retention, as well as millennial recruitment and retention. A critical finding from the study reveals that 4 out of 10 public sector human resource professionals expect their agencies to lose 20 percent or more of their employees through retirement in the next 5 years. However, only a little more than a quarter (27.4 percent) of the survey respondents has a succession plan in place, creating a major concern for a much talked about 'silver tsunami.'"

Lexi Gordon is a Lead Consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps organizations build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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