How to Be a Great HR Leader

“U.S. companies invested $2 billion into HR technologies last year.” Technology has transformed pretty much everything about HR. With automation replacing many traditional roles and processes, HR has been freed up to concentrate on such long term, high-level tasks like data-driven analysis of people’s on the job performance and strategizing innovative ways to create an open and supportive culture of success. With the rapid pace of change that HR is experiencing, an important question to consider is: what skills do today’s HR professionals need to excel? According to thought leader…

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2019: Where HR’s Going, and Where You Need to Be

In 2018, one word said it all: engagement. With the rise of a millennial-driven workforce and the push for greater transparency that’s being made possible by HR digitization, an enjoyable work experience is no longer a bonus: it’s a must-have. In 2019, engagement will evolve and expand into employee experience. In the year ahead, robust and effective HR teams are likely to be those that successfully fuse engagement, culture and talent management into a workplace that chronic job hoppers will never want to leave. Here’s what your HR team can…

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Perfecting the Candidate and Employee Experience

Last week we were lucky to host a packed event for HR professionals in London on how to create great candidate experiences from the very first point of contact between a candidate and a company.   [embed]https://youtu.be/xid5H0gbKgs[/embed] It was a joint event sponsored by bob, Teamtailor and Talentful and featured talent experts from the tech space Ruth Penfold (VP of People at Onfido), Jessica Hayes (Group Head of Talent at McCann Worldgroup), Michael Kenway (Recruitment Manager at Box), and Anna Roe (Global Head of People at Airsorted). The panelists did…

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How to Keep Your Remote Workers Connected

No doubt about it: we’re right in the middle of what’s being called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution.’ In this time of rapid change and increasing automation, mobile workers will “play more of a key role than people realize,” according to Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work.   With 43% of people saying that they work remotely at least some of the time, HR professionals have a major challenge on their hands: keeping off-site workers engaged…

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The True Cost of Employee Turnover

You’ve probably heard that it’s cheaper to keep an existing customer than to attract a new one, which can be up to 5 times more expensive than retaining one. If you’re already applying this strategy to sales and marketing in your business, that’s great! And here’s some news: it turns out that the same is also true of employees. It’s far more efficient for your company to keep existing employees than to hire new ones. A high turnover rate can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, while…

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Five Tips You Can Use Today to Close a Top Candidate

The research is conclusive: today’s job market is 90% candidate driven. What this means is that recruiters aren’t picking talent, the talent out there is picking who to work for. Because the best-qualified people have so much leverage, the price tag for using a recruiter can be anywhere from 15 to 25% of the employee’s annual salary. And one report found that companies pay an average of over $16,000 for each job placement.   With so much being invested in recruitment, is there anything recruiters can do to boost their…

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7 Best ways to boost employer branding

Companies with positive reputations get more job applications from top-notch candidates and hold on to their best and brightest people, who tend to be more productive and save their organizations money over the long term. A strong employer brand also creates its own momentum, since happier, more productive employees become their employers’ good will ambassadors, a powerfully effective way to promote your company. But getting employer branding right is based on planning and putting certain proven strategies into place: Know yourself: The first step to successfully branding your company is…

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Five Best Ways HR Professionals Can Influence Their CEOs

Today’s C-level executives are realizing that they can’t regard HR merely as a back-office function anymore. The world of work is evolving and we’ve come to realize that when human resources is included in the strategic aspects of an organization, company-wide progress is much more likely to be fast-tracked.   Below, are the parts of an HR department’s role and responsibilities that can best promote the CEO’s main goal, to achieve runaway success for the organization.   Doing it with data: An HR team can prove its value to the…

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How to Put Real Value into Your Employer Branding

In September, we were the proud hosts of an event in London looking at how companies can develop an employer branding strategy that truly reflects their values. The meetup featured four highly respected experts: Dave Hazlehurst, director at Ph. Creative, Francesca Campalani, head of attraction & employer branding at Deloitte UK, Natalie Brock, head of talent acquisition & employer branding at Gympass, and Jenny Tillgren, employer branding strategist at Applied.   The night was full of insightful discussion - here are our top takeaways.   What is employer branding? And…

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The importance of a good onboarding process

At its best, onboarding gives a lot of important information about the values and culture of a company that someone has just joined. Everything from benefits to the organization’s financial status and future prospects can be a part of the onboarding process. A well thought out onboarding program can go further, and teach new hires about the department they’ve joined, and their role within it. When done right, the onboarding process helps new employees quickly figure out how they fit into their new company’s big picture. It makes sense. But…

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4 KPIs that Every HR Department Must Have

The competition for talent is heating up just as the workforce is shrinking. In today’s talent-driven economy, staying on top of your people data is more important than ever. Effective metrics and KPIs can help HR teams flag areas of trouble early and make the necessary adjustments quickly. There are many metrics that go into workforce analysis. Below, are four KPIs that every HR department should include to get the most out of their recruiting processes, workplace culture, employee programs and other aspects of people management. Turnover rate: Too many…

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Four Ways to Know Whether Your Teams Have Enough Autonomy

As a manager, you’re focused on achieving and facilitating the best results for your team. To do this you need to create a workplace culture where team members are motivated to give their best while also supporting their colleagues’ efforts. Getting the most out of your teams depends on keeping team members engaged, and this can only happen when they feel free to make important job-related decisions. It’s all about choice, but how much autonomy should your teams have?   Too much choice? Having complete autonomy can make it difficult…

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Are You Accidentally Dismissing Good Job Candidates?

I’ve never met someone who enjoys going to a job interview. My first full-time job interview after graduating from university was a superday. If this is a new term for you, a superday is the final round of a hiring process that consists of up to 20 interviews in a day, group discussions, presentations and testing.   I was nervous but excited as I walked into the huge New York City office. After a day of intense interviews, I walked out exhausted. One of the other candidates turned to me…

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How America Works: Six HR Trends for 2018

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday, meaning that millions of Americans will get four full days to celebrate with fireworks, parades, and barbecues. With Independence Day being the unofficial start of America’s vacation season, this seems like a good time to look back over the first half of 2018 and the HR trends that have bubbled to the surface.   Upskilling: America’s shift to a service-based economy over the last three decades has led to a serious skills gap. Currently, there are 6.2 million job openings in…

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How to Harness Company Values into Effective Employer Branding

The HR, Talent & Culture meetup group invites you to join us for a timely discussion: How to Harness Company Values into Effective Employer Branding.   Recruitment is estimated to be a $400 billion industry, with employees today only staying 1-2 years at a company. Meanwhile, more and more people are freelancing, as opposed to being employed at a full-time job. These trends along with the growth of a global job market have created a generation of top talent that is harder to attract and retain.   As such, employer…

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