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5 Tips to Attract the Right Culture Fit in 2017

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

5 Tips to Attract the Right Culture Fit

Contributed by LaSalle Network
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In LaSalle Network’s recently published white paper, the company surveyed over 6,000 professionals to gather insights about hiring trends and challenges.
They found second biggest challenge companies identified, just after finding skilled candidates, was hiring candidates who fit the culture.

It’s now more important than ever to make sure the right people are exposed to your brand and understand what it’s all about.
If you can attract the right people to apply for positions, it makes the hiring process a lot easier.
Here are 5 tips to do just that:

1. Inject the company personality into job descriptions

It’s the first impression. The companies that successfully find ways to express the company culture in their job postings are the ones that stand out.
Use words or phrases that will resonate with the type of person you’re trying to attract. Be clear with the job requirements and expectations,
but remember that generic job descriptions will often attract generic candidates.

2. Design a “work for us” web page that portrays your brand and culture

Make it exciting. Use images and quotes from real employees. Give candidates an authentic insight into what it’s like to work in your office.
There’s no better way to help someone understand your culture than people who are living it every day.

3. Encourage employees to share company social media posts

It shows high employee engagement, one of the defining characteristics of great companies.
It communicates that employees are proud of what the company is doing and excited to share it with their friends.
Who doesn’t want to work somewhere people are personally invested in the company’s success?

4. Create an employee referral program

Encourage your staff to recommend talent. Good people tend to know other good people.
Moreover, employees that work with friends are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work, according to Harvard Business Review.

5. Attend job fairs at universities

It’s a gold mine for up-and-coming talent and a great opportunity to showcase your brand.
Show students what’s authentic and unique to your company, and when it resonates, you’ll know you’re attracting the right person.

For more information on 2017 hiring trends and challenges, download the LaSalle Network white paper report here.

Tags:  HR  HR West 2017  recruiting  retention  talent acquisition 

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End the Year on a Grateful, Not Hateful, Note

Posted By Editor, Laurie, Thursday, December 22, 2016

Contributed by Michael Papay
The CEO and cofounder of Waggl will present his session,
The Power of Listening, at


March 6-8, 2017 - Register today

End the Year on a Grateful, Not Hateful, Note

Let’s be honest: 2016 has been a heavy year. For starters, we lost several admired cultural icons (David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and Sharon Jones,
to name just a few). We also experienced what is widely regarded as one of the most contentious and divisive elections in history.

No matter what political side you found yourself on, you would have to agree that the negativity has seeped into even our most sacred spaces and taken an
emotional toll on most Americans.

Take a look at social media networks, which have morphed from safe places to exchange experiences and pleasantries into cesspools of anger and vitriol.
Our relationships have been strained. Turn on any news channel, and you can practically feel the toxicity pour into your living room.
Attend a local debate or any kind of gathering to see just how fractured our communities have become.

We now find ourselves in a holiday season meant to help us reflect, recharge, and celebrate new beginnings. We kicked things off with Thanksgiving –
my favorite holiday, because it revolves around the granddaddy of all meals, and more importantly, offers a time when we can reconnect with loved ones
and express our gratitude for our family, friendships, health, and freedom. Then came the Winter Solstice, and now, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa
are right around the corner. All of these holidays offer us the opportunity to reconnect spiritually and experience the magic of giving.

Finally, we end our holiday season with New Year’s Day, a time when we can reset our dreams and create goals designed to take us to new and exciting places.

We have the next two weeks to let gratitude, giving, and goals guide us back to feeling like human beings again. This is a noble opportunity. Let’s not waste it.
We can use this focus at home and at work.

My company, Waggl, offers a solution designed to help organizations pulse questions and create two-way dialogues with their employees. We are fortunate to have the opportunity each and every day to learn from our customers, who value their employees as their most important stakeholders and are actively and transparently
managing their organizations to create amazing workplaces.

Think of a Work Experience That Made You Feel Grateful

armsWaggl utilizes short questions (“pulses”) that you send out to employees.
Last week, one of our clients offered a simple and actionable question to help set a positive and impactful tone in their workplace:

“Think of a time when you experienced an interaction with a colleague or client that made you feel grateful to be part of the family. Please share your story.”

This pulse was received like water in the desert and resulted in one of the highest response rates ever at that particular company.

We have since shared this Waggl question with all of our customers and the results have been uplifting.

The opportunity for employees to share their stories has helped people realize that within all of our companies and communities, incredible acts of kindness and decency happen each and every day.

Too often, good news goes uncelebrated. We’re busy closing out fiscal years. We’re running from meeting to meeting.
Who has time to find the silver lining when it feels like we’re always under a cloud?

When we get caught up in measuring things through polls and surveys, we forget that there are people behind those numbers – people with incredible insights to share and stories that can resonate with us in many meaningful ways. Clear narratives cut through the distraction that is everywhere in our daily lives. Coupled with techniques like “appreciative inquiry,” which focuses the discussion on celebrating the positive instead of wallowing in the negative, these narratives can re-inspire all of us.

Carry It Forward

We can spend the next couple of weeks rebuilding together by listening to one another and celebrating all the positive things we are achieving. We are blessed to live in a country that is built on centuries of sacrifice and grit. Our economy thrives as a result of its incredible diversity. Throughout most of business history, the best companies and ideas have come from those with opposing viewpoints.

This year, instead of hitting your employees with another 60-question survey that will take months to process, ask one question that will have immediate, meaningful impact.
It won’t solve all of the world’s problems, but it’s a wonderful place to start.

After all, according to Marcus Tullius Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  
A version of this article originally appeared on Waggl’s blog.

Michael Papay is CEO and cofounder of Waggl, a real-time feedback platform that helps organizations source authentic feedback.

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Judge blocks rule increasing salary for workers exempt from overtime

Posted By Editor, Thursday, December 15, 2016

Contributed by Karen Davis - Senior Employment Attorney, Vigilant.
Vigilant is a sponsor of

Judge blocks rule increasing salary for workers exempt from overtime 

A federal district court has temporarily blocked a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that would have taken effect on December 1, 2016, and raised the minimum salary for workers who are exempt from overtime. The ruling applies nationwide. The judge’s action buys more time for the parties to argue whether the rule should be permanently placed on hold. We don’t know yet how long that will take, but it’s reasonable to expect it will occur after the change in administration on January 20, 2017. The incoming Trump administration could voluntarily withdraw from defending the lawsuit, and thus leave the existing salary levels in place. This is still speculation at this point, though.

Here’s why the court decided to temporarily block the implementation of the DOL’s regulation. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that “any employee employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity” is exempt from overtime. Congress focused purely on workers’ duties, and didn’t establish a minimum salary. The DOL came up with the idea of a minimum salary for these exempt “white collar” workers. That salary is currently $455 per week and was scheduled to rise to $913 per week on December 1, 2016. (See our
5/18/16 Alert when the DOL published its new rules.) The court said the DOL exceeded its authority by establishing a salary that was so high that it overrode the “duties” test for the overtime exemption (State of Nevada v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, ED Tex, Nov. 22, 2016).

If an employer has already announced salary increases to employees who otherwise would have lost their exemption from overtime on December 1, 2016, the employer needs to decide how to proceed. If the increases were rolled into performance reviews, merit increases, or promotions, any reduction could create employee relations challenges. Any employer that communicated the increases purely as a legal compliance issue may be in a better position to explain why it won’t be implementing them. However, because workers may have been relying on any announced increases in planning their personal budgets, employers should proceed with caution. Also, keep in mind that any wage reductions cannot be done retroactively; employees must receive the full wage that was in effect at the time they performed the work. Stay tuned to see what happens with these overtime rules. We don’t know for certain what the court’s final ruling will ultimately be, or whether the new administration will continue to defend the lawsuit.

Karen Davis is an employment law attorney with significant experience providing advice and counsel to employers. She works with companies of all sizes, as a staff attorney for an employers' association. Connect with Karen Davis on Linkedin.

 

Tags:  DOL  employee  employment law  HR West 2017  minimum wage  Vigilant 

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People Analytics: A New Way to Make Decisions in the Workplace

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Contributed by
Opening Keynote Jacob Morgan

 


In the past we have always depended on humans and their ideas, intuitions, and feelings to figure out certain issues in our companies such as how to build teams, work on projects and carry out performance evaluations. Now, we have an increase in devices and ways to collect data in the workplace so we are able to track anything and everything. With this move towards data collection and technology we have a new field emerging, people analytics. 

With this new field we are able to add in data and science alongside of our intuitions to help our companies function as successfully as possible. Data can help us figure out things such as, what the most successful leaders in organizations do, what the key qualities are that make up an amazing team or how the best customer service professionals talk to their customers (and for how long).

I don’t think that we will ever completely remove the human aspect, but I believe that by combining data with human ideas, intuition and feelings companies will be able to make better, more informed decisions. This truly is an exciting and fascinating time. Successful businesses should make an investment in people analytics. Use #AskTheFuturist on Twitter to share your thoughts on this subject on Twitter, @jacobm.

Get inspired to innovate during the opening HR West 2017 keynote presentation by Jacob Morgan, Futurist, Best-Selling Author, and Founder of The Future of Work Community, on Monday, March 6th at 10:45a.m.

Morgan's new book, The Employee Experience Advantage (Wiley, March 2017) analyzes over 250 global organizations to understand how to create a place where people genuinely want to show up to work. Subscribe to his newsletter or visit TheFutureOrganization.

Find out more about HR West 2017 sessions here: 
http://hrwest.org/sessions/.
Register for HR West 2017 here: http://hrwest.org/register/.

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Thankful for HR West 2017 and YOU!

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

HR West 2017As we near the end of another successful year, we are beginning preparation for more amazing NCHRA events and conferences that will take place in 2017. Most importantly, we are busy preparing for HR West 2017 - at the Oakland Convention Center (just a little over 3 months from now) March 6-8!

In the spirit of this Thanksgiving holiday, we are grateful for all the that HR West offers:

  • Hotel. Conference. Parking - all under one roof! Book your room now!
  • A unique, in-depth meeting-place to connect with other HR professionals who have dealt with what you're dealing with!
  • Credits. Credits. Credits. Attendees can earn up to 14.75 recertification credits with over 85 concurrent sessions!
  • Parties and receptions - fun ways to get social, unwind and network after jam-packed day of information and education!
  • A super-local and exciting Bay Area Event! Not too far to travel for some and an exciting place to get-away to for others!
  • Easy to register (why not relax and get it done over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend)!
  • HR in the most innovative place on earth!

Above all, we are grateful to have the continued opportunity to serve and work with our wonderful -- and truly innovative -- NCHRA members, vendors and sponsors!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!


 

 

 

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