Feeling agile? Crystal ball gazers are predicting more employers soon will answer that question with a robust “yes.” According to a new study from staffing firm Randstad US, both employers and employees see the world of work turning to “agile” work—scenarios in which traditional full-time permanent workers increasingly share duties with contractors, consultants, temporary, and [...]
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When employees decide to leave a job and move on with their careers, they may think their last look at their old employer will be in the rearview mirror. But more and more, their goodbyes are morphing into hellos. A new study from staffing company Spherion shows a rise in the number of “boomerang” employees—people [...]
Expensive, important investments typically send people to the internet. House hunters turn to websites and social media platforms to help them find the right home in the right neighborhood at the right price. Car buyers, too, take to the internet to find just the right vehicle. So if digital tools are vital for consumers making [...]
When work piles up, it’s tempting to find somebody—anybody—to bring on board. But many times bringing on the wrong person is worse than going shorthanded. Employers can reduce the risk, however, but it takes patience—a quality an overworked employer may have trouble mustering.
Monster Worldwide, Inc. in May announced results of a survey showing that [...]
It’s a familiar lament coming from employers: They struggle to hire people with the skills they need even when jobseekers line up at their doors. The skills gap has been a worry for years, and employers, educators, workers, and government officials have long touted apprenticeship as at least part of the solution.
But the concept [...]
by Katrina Messier
While I can’t say that I didn’t see this layoff coming, I didn’t think it would happen as soon as it did. I was laid off October 31, 2015, from a job in the restaurant industry where I was the V.P. of Human Resources for more than 16 years. What I didn’t realize [...]
Employers once considered a gap in employment as justification for tossing a résumé on the rejection heap. Workers deciding to leave promising careers were thought to lack drive. Plus, while they were on a break, the workplace was changing, leaving them out of the loop and behind the times. But a growing number of employers [...]
No workers want to get hurt on the job, and most are trained on how to prevent injuries. But preventable injuries still occur. What can the human resources department do about that? Just communicating the importance of safety procedures and working with supervisors and management on effective ways to promote safety make a good start. [...]
Employers are generally willing, even eager, to invest time, energy, and money into bringing on a superstar employee. They’re confident the payoff that comes from hiring a star will make the effort worth it. But what if the employer also has a toxic employee? Will a strong hire counteract the damage?
A recent Harvard Business [...]
Checking references has a way of putting employers in a pickle. When they want information about a potential new hire, they’re often frustrated when references divulge no more than dates of employment, position held, and pay rate. That “name, rank, and serial number” response can be frustrating. But when the employer is on the receiving [...]