Graduates can put down their shades for now, because the future doesn't look as bright as that old song promises.
You need skilled, dedicated employees to build your business. Attracting human capital is essential to positioning your company for growth and success.
It seems the old sales adage, "ABC—Always Be Closing," is top-of-mind with lots of Americans; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail sales is the largest single occupation in the United States, accounting for more than 4.3 million jobs. That's about a million more than the second largest occupation—cashier—which rings in at approximately 3.3 million jobs.
Conventional wisdom may have you thinking the best way to fill your open positions is by advertising. And while career sites and job boards certainly have their place, it turns out that employee referrals may be your most effective play when it comes to hiring top candidates.
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.
Today marks the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. According to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. King’s nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s achieved legal equality for African-Americans in the United States, and his actions contributed to the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race or color (as well as religion, national origin, or sex) when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
Even though the Civil Rights Act is almost 50 years old, race and color discrimination continues to exist in the workplace. In fact, racial discrimination is one of the most frequently filed claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), second only to retaliation charges in FY 2011.
An employee handbook is an important tool you can use to effectively communicate information regarding your company's policies, practices, and employee benefits. A well-written handbook sets forth your expectations for your employees, and describes what they can expect from your company.
Veterans Day is observed each year on November 11th as a time to honor and thank all those who served in the United States Armed Forces. As we honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice, it's also a good time to consider how employers can support our nation's veterans as they transition out of the services and pursue civilian careers.
Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme of this year’s campaign is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"
ODEP offers a number of ways employers can affirm their commitment to employees with disabilities during NDEAM including:
Review Policies. NDEAM is an opportune time to review your company's policies to ensure they convey a commitment to an inclusive workplace culture.
Train Supervisors. Supervisors are the individuals closest to an organization's workforce. As part of NDEAM, consider conducting training to ensure they understand their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture.
Educate Employees. It is critical that companies committed to disability inclusion effectively and regularly reinforce that commitment to employees. NDEAM offers an opportunity to do this through disability training or informal educational events such as brown-bag lunch discussions.
New employee orientation (also called onboarding) introduces newly hired employees to the workplace and familiarizes them with some of the company's basic practices. In addition to helping new employees understand your company's operating procedures, a thoughtful and well-designed orientation program also serves to set expectations and can help new employees be more productive team members at a faster pace.