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New Employee Orientation or Onboarding [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Aug 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM

New employee orientation—also known as onboarding—is the process by which you introduce a new employee to your staff and management, as well as to the workplace environment. 

Your goal is to familiarize your new employee with the company and create a positive first impression. Employee orientation can also be used for employees who are promoted within your company and need a similar type of program.

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Topics: Onboarding, New Employee

How To Conduct an Interview [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The most important tasks in conducting job interviews are preparing questions and evaluating candidates' answers. However, there are other key things you can do to ensure a successful interview process.

First, create a comfortable environment for the candidate…

  • Conduct the interview in a neat, quiet area such as an office or conference room

  • Offer the candidate a beverage
  • Minimize distractions-- that means not taking or responding to calls, emails or texts
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Topics: Recruitment and Hiring, Interview

Secrets to Successful Hiring [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Jul 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Today we’re talking about the secrets to successful hiring. Let’s face it… if recruiting were simple, it wouldn’t be such a valued expertise within the human resources field.

4 Must-Haves for Recruiting

First, let’s take a look at your overall recruiting process. You need to have a system in place that allows you to:

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Topics: Recruitment and Hiring, Hiring Process

How To Write a Good Job Description [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Jul 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM

We are discussing how to write a good job description. If you're just getting started, these tips can help you understand the essential steps for how to write a good job description. And if you already have job descriptions in place, now is a great time to review them in light of these guidelines–you may discover it's time for some revisions!

Job descriptions are an essential part of hiring and managing employees. In addition to helping you recruit and hire the right candidates, these written summaries serve as a key basis for outlining employees' performance expectations, job training, job evaluation, and career advancement.

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Topics: Hiring Process, Job Description

Post-Termination Employer Issues and Responsibilities [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Jun 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The discharge of an employee does not necessarily end the employer’s relationship with…or obligations to… the employee.  Benefits provided by the employer as well as benefits mandated by law may in fact cause that relationship to continue. 

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Topics: Termination

How to Keep Your Employees Motivated and Productive [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Jun 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

We're discussing tips on keeping your employees feeling upbeat and productive, and how your workplace--and even the season of the year--can impact your employees in a positive or negative way.

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Topics: Employee Health and Wellness

How to Hire Top Talent for Your Business - Part 2 [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on May 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Before we discuss ways to improve your corporate culture, let’s summarize 5 components to consider in your compensation and benefits package:

  1. Make sure your salaries are competitive in your marketplace

  2. Consider bonus or incentive programs

  3. Talk to your insurance broker about cost effective ways you can improve and enhance your health and life insurance benefits

  4. Offer a retirement plan like a 401(k) or Simple IRA

  5. Consider other types of perks and benefits, like a gym membership or free lunch Fridays

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Topics: Recruitment and Hiring

How to Hire Top Talent for Your Business - Part 1 [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on May 11, 2016 7:00:00 AM

We all know you need skilled and dedicated employees to build and grow your business. Attracting the right people is essential to positioning your company for growth and success, but establishing your company as a destination for top talent takes effort.

You've got to lead the competition on two fronts by: (1) offering an attractive compensation and benefits package, and (2) showcasing a corporate brand and culture that both excites and motivates candidates.

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Topics: Human Resources, Recruitment and Hiring

7 Tips for Creating an Effective Cell Phone Policy for Your Workplace

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Apr 27, 2016 9:59:08 AM

It's likely that most, if not all, of your employees bring a personal cell phone to the office. Determining when it is acceptable for your employees to use their personal cell phones in the workplace, and when it is not, requires a careful balancing act.

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Topics: Cell Phone Policy

5 Must-Do's for Checking References [Video Blog]

Posted by Tom Ceconi on Apr 14, 2016 11:58:06 AM

Your final step in making the decision to hire a candidate is to check his or her references. All too often, this is treated as a formality—a last box to check before extending an offer of employment. However, reference checks play a key role in the hiring process. In addition to verifying information provided by the candidate about his or her work and performance history, reference checks can also help you gain additional knowledge that may better predict the candidate's on-the-job success.  

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Topics: Checking References

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