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Commuter Benefits

We all recognize how much benefits impact our efforts to recruit, hire and retain top talent. Here's one benefit you may not have considered: helping employees with commuting costs.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

CRMs are only for managing the customer lifecycle, right? Then why are talent teams using CRMs to manage the employment candidate relationship? Read on to learn how CRM software can benefit your organization as a whole and your hiring efforts in particular.

Candidate Net Promoter Score

Do you ever wonder why you’re not getting the “right” talent applying to your job postings? Is your company well-armed for the “war for talent?” How is your company thought of in the marketplace? Answers to those questions may lie in your candidate net promoter score. Read on to learn about this key recruiting metric.

Candidate Correspondence

We've all had the experience of applying for a job and never hearing any response. It doesn't feel respectful, does it? How you communicate with job applicants can make or break a great candidate experience. Read on for tips to improve your correspondence and increase candidate engagement.

Counteroffer

We have all heard the term “war on talent,” which refers to the competitive challenge of attracting and retaining talent. A counteroffer may be part of your organization’s answer to this challenge. Read on to learn more.

Candidate Pool

Your company will need new employees at some point as turnover naturally occurs. How will you fill those spots? Your first step is to create a well-stocked candidate pool filled with qualified potential employees that can help your company grow for the future.

Company History

Your company history is a narrative recreation of the events that shaped the organization’s values and characteristics. From its foundation to the current state of the organization, your company history should include key events and milestones throughout its existence.

Continue reading to learn what a company history is, the importance of company history, what to include when writing your company history and strong examples of existing company histories.

Compensation Analyst

Employees who feel that there is clear communication about compensation and perceive their compensation to be fair are more engaged in their work. A compensation analyst can do just that: communicate clearly, advise management, and keep pay fair. Read on to learn more about a compensation analyst and their job duties.

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

The future is unpredictable, but what we know for certain is that prices on housing, services and goods are likely to increase. Employers often account for inflation through Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA). Let’s explore what a COLA is, when you might consider making one, and how to make that decision.

Company Personality

What is your favorite person like? Traits such as a good sense of humor, honesty, and reliability likely come to mind. Now, what happens when we apply those human characteristics to your brand? Take a look at what a company personality is and how to build one that evokes that same kind of “favorite person” feelings.

Competency-Based Interview

Have you ever hired someone that you ”just knew” would be the perfect fit? They looked and sounded the part; they gleefully accepted the job offer; then they promptly failed. Learn how to use competency-based interviews to avoid bad hiring decisions.

Commission Plan

Building a strong sales team requires a strategic commission plan. Let's look at how to create an attractive, clear, successful commission plan.

Candidate Persona

Some applicants look perfect on paper, but end up not working out for one reason or another. Why? The act of hiring the best fit is more complex and abstract than an application or resume has the capacity to convey. Using a candidate persona as a tool to make the abstract parts of this process measurable can help make a hiring decision more well-rounded and comprehensive.

Contract to Hire

There are many different kinds of hires and it is important to understand each one. In this article we will explain what a contract to hire is and their pros and cons.

Contingent Workers

Is your company struggling to find and retain talent? Do you have budget limitations that prevent you from filling all critical open positions? One alternative to fill a talent gap is to use non-traditional staffing methods. Contingent workers can help.

Candidate Feedback Survey

You had the best interview of your career with a candidate and you're ready to make them an offer when suddenly, they let you know they will not be moving forward with your company. What happened? Where did you go wrong? It’s time for a candidate feedback survey.

Case Interview

Do you ever wish you could see how a candidate works before you hire them? Case interviews get you close to that by providing an opportunity to see how the candidate thinks and solves problems. Read on to learn more about what a case interview is, the pros and cons, and how to successfully conduct one.

Code of Conduct

Wouldn’t it be easier if we all had the same code of ethics for handling situations? While this may not be possible in everyday life, you can at least establish this for your company through the code of conduct policy. Read on to learn how!

Campus Recruiter

University campuses are one of the largest pools of potential candidates for a company. Having a meaningful presence on campuses can lead to higher quality employees and more business. Although it is important, there are certain skills and steps that need to be taken to have success.

Culture Acclimation

If you’ve ever had to pop your ears on a flight, you’ve experienced altitude acclimation: how your body adjusts to drastic changes to its environment. When we apply this concept to new employees adjusting to workplace culture, we can influence this process for the better. Here’s what you need to know to help your new hires avoid cultural “altitude sickness.”

Candidate Disposition

The hiring journey can be as lengthy as it is confusing. To tighten up your company’s hiring process, having a candidate dispositioning process gives structure and definitive steps. When it comes time to reject an applicant, are you doing so consistently or is there room for a discriminatory gray area? Here are actionable steps to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Candidate Journey

If you're lost in an unfamiliar city, what do you do? You probably ask for directions, all the while wishing you had some kind of guide. We should look at our candidates' journey in the same way. If you're prepared, you can hand the candidate a carefully mapped out route so they arrive at their destination and even enjoy the journey.

Crossboarding

When a vacant position will not be filled with a new employee, that work still needs to get done. The process of distributing those responsibilities is called crossboarding, and we're here to share best practices for it.

Compensable Factors

An exceptional employee regularly outperforms other team members but is paid less than those who have more seniority in the company. How can companies reward employees more equitably for their contributions? Perhaps re-evaluating compensable factors is a good starting place.

Competitive Pay

At the end of the day, employees work for money. While a passion for their job is important and welcomed, without being able to pay bills or save for experiences they desire, employees will not stick around for long. Let’s talk about how to create competitive pay for your employees.

Candidate Withdrawal

You’ve done the required due diligence, evaluated qualified candidates, interviewed and shortlisted your best when suddenly a candidate withdraws! How can you stop this from happening? What do you say to this candidate? Read on for these answers and more when it comes to the dreaded candidate withdrawal.

Compa-Ratio

You are tasked with analyzing your company’s pay practices and making recommendations to ensure everyone is being paid equitably and competitively. Where do you begin? Consider starting with a compa-ratio analysis.

Cybervetting

Have you ever wanted to learn more about job candidates’ personal brand and how they will fit into your organization? Cybervetting is a tool to accomplish just that in 15 minutes or less.

Company Labor Day Celebration

As your head is spinning with the millions of things on your plate, it becomes so easy to keep it simple: give them a half day, have a meal catered, or maybe even have the managers BBQ for their team (if they can be bothered that is). If this day is specifically geared towards the celebration of Laborers, how can you ensure your workers' labor does not get glossed over by "just another" potluck?

Company Purpose

A company's purpose answers what the business is trying to achieve and why. Popular companies such as Ford, Airbnb, and ESPN have strong purposes that have driven their decisions for years. Here we will explain what a company's purpose is, why it is important and how to create your own.

Corporate Culture

Maybe your current organization does not put much emphasis on culture or you may wonder if you even have a culture at all. Read on to see the value of a strong, positive culture and how to create that right now, no matter the current stage of your organization.

Company Halloween Party

So you’re throwing a Halloween party, but having some trouble getting everything together. Don’t worry! We can figure this out together.

Cover Letters

The controversial cover letter! Is this additional work really worth it? Should you skip applying for jobs that require one? As an organization, should you ask for one or avoid it all together? Read on to decide!

Company Veteran’s Day Celebration

Celebrating Veterans today can seem difficult to do without unintentionally sparking painful memories for or triggering an employee's PTSD. How can you celebrate veterans appropriately? Can you continually celebrate them throughout the year as they deserve? Read on to learn more.

Culture Discrimination

Discrimination is harmful to your business and attracting top talent. Have you reviewed how culture discrimination impacts your business and identified how to prevent it? Read on as we cover these topics and more.

COBRA

When you hear the term COBRA, you can’t help but think of a big snake. Most employees and employers do not know how this insurance law works until it’s time to elect for coverage after termination. In the stress of employment separation, COBRA can seem confusing, but it is simply the continuation of insurance at the cost of the former employee.

Company April Fool’s Day Party

If you're looking for a fun way to engage your employees and boost morale, you may want to consider hosting a company April Fools' Day party. This can be a great opportunity for retention and employee engagement. In this article, we will discuss some of the most important aspects of planning such an event. We'll also share some ideas for HR professionals who are looking to create an unforgettable party experience.

Creator Economy

What is the creator economy, and how is it impacting your ability to recruit and retain quality employees? It is arguably one of the largest factors disrupting the talent market and has far-reaching consequences to every industry’s talent strategy.

Company Goals

Company goal setting is an important part of bringing your vision to life by creating actionable steps toward your company’s mission. If you find yourself wanting things done for your business but haven’t been able to make them happen, then this is the goal-setting article for you.

Company Independence Day Celebration

It’s almost Independence Day, and your organization could use a little boost, so it’s time to plan a celebration. Now comes the hard part: coming up with creative ideas and implementing them company-wide. Read on to see how to throw a great company Independence Day celebration.

Culture Committee

Culture is a big deal, but who “owns” it in a company? Can culture truly change or be “fixed”? Just how does culture change? If you’ve ever wondered about or struggled with issues around organizational culture, your company may benefit from a culture committee. Read on to learn more.

Change Management

Change is coming! There is no need to stress if your change management plan is ready to implement and leadership can support those impacted by the change.

Company Diversity

You Matter. Your candidates matter and your company needs you to keep going. I know you’ve spent the last two years buried in Covid, tracking tests, reviewing religious accommodations, etc. Your company, prospective candidates, and current employees are relying on you to understand and support your company’s diversity initiatives. I know you’re tired, but they need you to keep going, and we’re here to guide you.

Carryover (PTO)

You know for yourself how important time off is to your health and happiness at work. Your PTO policies are important for employee wellness. Read on to see how carrying over paid time off into the next year can be a hit or a miss for employees and company alike.

Company Events

Is your company missing out on great opportunities to raise awareness and build excitement around your brand by not hosting corporate events? The many types and reasons to sponsor such events are all outlined here.

Company Christmas Party

As the holidays roll around, it can lead to employee burnout. One thing that can help with this, and give employees something to look forward to, is hosting a company Christmas party. This article will outline the pros and cons of hosting a company Christmas party.

Company Valentine’s Day Party

Company parties can be a lot of fun. They can increase employee engagement, provide a break from the stresses of the workday, and contribute to your company culture. Want to put together a fun Valentine’s Day party for your employees? Read on for party ideas and other considerations.

Compensatory Leave

How do you pay people who work overtime: in wages or in comp time? How about an employee who asks to earn comp time? What seems like a casual arrangement at your company may be breaking the law. Continue reading to learn more about compensatory leave and the circumstances in which it can be used to benefit both employees and employers.

Company Culture Change

In today’s hiring world, it can be hard for companies to differentiate from other companies or to stand out among them. One of the biggest ways to stand out is through company culture. Having a great company culture can help attract the best talent and retain more of your employees. It is important to understand how to change company culture and the impact your company culture has on your company.

Career Coach

How do you make your company stand out to the best candidates? One out-of-the-box benefit option that has significant potential is career coaching. Candidates are interested in companies using innovative methods to develop their employees. In this article, we will discuss the advantages of adding career coaching as an employee benefit and some of the services career coaches can provide.

Cost per Hire

How much does it cost you to hire a person, and why is that helpful to track? Cost Per Hire (CPH) is a commonly used metric that helps you understand how you align to similar organizations and how you might improve your recruiting strategy. Read on for more details about why this is an effective metric for determining the productivity of your recruiting process.

Culture Interview

A culture interview can be a helpful tool to focus on how a candidate will be compatible with and add to the culture at your company. Keep reading to find out how culture interviews are beneficial, how to conduct one, and potential interview questions.

Contingency Recruiting

This article will take a quick glance at contingency recruiting to better understand the stigmas that are placed on this industry. This article will explore whether or not contingency recruitment is worth it.

Culture Audit

Are you missing something when it comes to reaching your employees and can’t figure out what it is? You’ve implemented employee engagement programs, you’ve given them more time off, it feels like you’ve tried everything, but still something seems off? It’s time for a company culture audit! Read on to see if this is the tool you’re looking for!

Company Vision

What impact do you want your company to have on the world and what will it take to get there? This desired future is your company vision. Having a vision guides your company and your employees toward your imagined future. Continue reading to find out why it’s important to have a vision statement, what the characteristics are of a good vision statement and how to create your own!

Candidate

Making the right hires is crucial to your organization's success, so it stands to reason that sourcing and managing your pool of candidates is critical as well. Here's an overview of how to find, choose, and hire great candidates, with links to more in-depth articles so you can find out more.

Company Core Values

Do companies really adhere to their stated core values? What’s the purpose of creating core values if no one takes them seriously? Skepticism about company core values is reflected in questions like these, but research shows that the most successful companies embrace the concept of creating and aligning behaviors to their core values.

Culture Add

For years, finding employees who will be great “culture fits” has been the ongoing goal of many recruiting and leadership teams. This emphasis has been beneficial in many ways, particularly where it has helped organizations focus on bringing in people who they believe will not only do great work (the “what”), but who will do it in a positive manner that aligns with the rest of the organization’s culture (the “how”). However, the dark side of “culture fit” as a recruitment focus has been discussed more in recent years, and “culture add” has become a popular replacement for many teams. This article will explain why the concept of culture add is an improvement on culture fit and provide insight on how to hire based on this guideline.

Co-Employment

You may have heard the term "co-employment" in ways that gave it a negative connotation, but it extends many possible benefits. Find out what co-employment is and why it makes people nervous, why it might suit your company, and how to manage any associated risks.

Culture Fit

There is a lot of conversation questioning the continued relevance of hiring for culture fit. The new buzzword popping up is culture add. Read this article to understand the difference between these two terms and ultimately decide if culture fit has a place in the future.

Company Mission

“TED: Spread ideas” and “PayPal: To build the web’s most convenient, secure, cost-effective payment solution,” are two of many well-known statements associated with an organization. These two examples describe what these companies do and are examples of strong mission statements.

CV

“What’s a CV?” is a question job seekers and those new to HR and recruiting may find themselves asking. In this article, we’ll learn what a CV is, the differences between a CV and a resume and how to evaluate a CV.

Career Gap

More often than not in today’s culture, we as HR professionals are running across career gaps that could span from months to years. It can be hard to put aside our bias about the candidate before evaluating them further. What on earth have they been doing for three years without a job? Did they get fired and cannot find something else? Are they just globetrotting? It is our job to ask ourselves: How do we find out about a gap without crossing a line? Based on the rest of the application, is it worth finding out at all? Keep reading for some additional career gap knowledge, tips and ways to evaluate the career gaps without bias.

Candidate Pipeline

Imagine there’s an urgent need to hire someone as quickly as possible—and you already have three great candidates on file. Sounds like a dream, right? Building a candidate pipeline can make this dream come true.

Campus Recruitment

Recruiting on college campuses can be more time and labor intensive, but it can also have a great payout. College campuses provide a vast talent pool and can be a reliable talent pipeline as you establish a company brand and presence among the students.

Cross Training

You've heard about cross-training, but should you implement or recommend it, and why or why not? Cross-training increases employee flexibility and allows you to adapt to unexpected changes. Read on to learn about benefits, drawbacks, and how to get started cross-training employees.

Careers Page

Considering creating or revamping your organization’s online careers page? Read this article to help you get rolling! Below, you’ll find the main reasons to invest in an improved online presence, elements of an effective careers page, examples of great careers pages you might model your own after, and software tools to consider using to build it.

Contrast Effect

It hides in plain sight and you won’t see the impact until after the fact. The contrast effect is a seemingly normal mindset with regards to recruiting, performance management and leadership development. Nevertheless, the impacts of this bias can result in poor data and poor decision-making. Read on to learn the definition of contrast effect, examples of this bias, and how to prevent it in recruiting for your organization.

Co-Op Program

Are you looking to create new ways to bring awesome students and entry-level professionals into your organization? One option is a co-op program. Skim through our overview of co-ops, including the main differences between co-ops and internships, possible reasons to consider building a co-op program at your company, and questions to answer if you do.

Compensation Philosophy

Your compensation philosophy is the organization’s position and approach to rewarding employees for their work. The compensation philosophy will help inform your more specific compensation strategy and define your position within the competitive market.

Continue reading to learn what a compensation philosophy is, why it’s important to define one, how to develop a compensation philosophy and how to write a compensation philosophy statement.

Compensation

Today, the world of compensation is more diverse than ever before. Companies no longer create compensation plans that scream dollar signs and long work days. They’re creating plans that send a new message—one that says, “We care about your work-life balance, personal goals and health.”

So what can you really include in a compensation plan? Today, we’re answering that question. Spoiler alert: it’s not just money, insurance and retirement.

Company Reporting Structure

How do you know who reports to whom and the responsibilities of each person in your company? Sometimes the structure grows organically, but it actually needs to be intentional and documented—and sometimes changed or adjusted.

Choosing the right company reporting structure can be a difficult process, and the transition can be long and complicated. But choosing the best structure for your company will help you build a better company culture and execute your business strategy with ease. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help.

Compensable Time

Compensable time includes any hours that an employee is required to work or be on company premises. It is regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Not all work-related activities are compensable, but incorrectly compensating employees can result in legal penalties.

Continue reading to learn what compensable time is, what activities you must compensate employees for, what activities you don’t have to pay employees for and what the penalties are for incorrectly compensating your employees.

Compensation Strategy

A compensation strategy is how your company approaches employee compensation. When developing a compensation strategy, it’s important to consider how competitors compensate their employees and where you want your organization to sit in the competitive field. A strong compensation strategy is required if you want to recruit, attract and retain top talent.

Continue reading to learn what a compensation strategy is, why one is important, types of compensation strategies and how to develop a compensation strategy for your company.

Candidate Experience

You've found a candidate you're excited to hire: congratulations! But you're aware that they are interviewing with other companies, and you don't want to lose them.

Candidate experience can make or break your recruitment strategy. While a positive candidate experience can help you win them over, a poor candidate experience can just as easily cause you to lose them—even if you’re offering the highest salary. In this article, we’ll help you get started on creating a great candidate experience—no matter your budget.
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