In the current competitive job market, you can lose top candidates if you’re not willing to negotiate beyond salary. In a new survey, nearly half (43%) of workers say they have lost interest in a position when the company wasn’t willing to negotiate perks beyond salary. Even though 21% say they’ve never negotiated after receiving a job offer, you should be prepared to have these conversations. It’s important to realize that if you’re not willing to negotiate with job candidates, you are in the minority and more likely to lose out to the competition. Nearly all (98%) of finance executives interviewed for this survey say that their companies are open to some back-and-forth with candidates on job offers. About two-thirds (63%) say they’re willing to talk about compensation. Elsewhere, … [Read more...] about Are You Ready To Win When Candidates Want to Bargain?
Culture & Leadership
A new report suggests that companies have made progress in supporting and empowering female leaders; but it also shows that significant gender gaps remain. There are 24% more women at the C-suite level of companies than there were four years ago, according to Women in the Workplace 2019. However, before you boast, “Mission accomplished,” consider that the report also shows that there is 5% less representation of women at the manager level and that women still feel that gender is a barrier to advancement. … [Read more...] about We’ve Come a Long Way: Or Have We?
While caring for residents is top priority, your workers need support, guidance, resources when a fire hits. With a little effort, you can have a big impact. As wildfires rage in northern California, you may think that you’re immune. However, accidents, industrial explosions, and other disasters could contribute to dangerous, life-threatening blazes anywhere. You have plans in place to ensure the safety of residents, but be sure to take some steps to help your employees through a fire disaster. … [Read more...] about Take the Heat Off Employees If Fires Hit
According to a new survey, companies need employees with critical thinking, creative problem-solving skills, but most college grads don’t stack up. Companies want job candidates with soft as well as hard skills, but are having trouble finding candidates who fit the bill. Particularly among recent college grads, a new survey says, employers say that there is a lack of critical thinking and other skills they need workers to have. In fact, 73% of employers describe finding qualified, capable job applicants as “very or somewhat difficult.” … [Read more...] about Candidates with Key Soft Skills Are Hard to Find, Say Employers
They may fly under the radar, but these people have knowledge, influence, skills, and power that you should be seeking to harness. It’s a classic win-win. Look around your organization. You are likely to observe people who self-identify as agents of positive change, but they may not see themselves as leaders. It is important to identify those individuals who have leadership potential and help them grow and thrive. This requires seeking out those people who may not have management or supervisory titles but who are informal leaders. These individuals are seen by others as experts, and they have knowledge to share. They have strong social skills, and they inspire others to go along with them. They have internal qualities that others respect and admire. These are the people you go to when you want to find out what is really happening. … [Read more...] about Informal Leaders: An Overlooked Treasure Trove
Despite growing awareness, bullying presents a danger to the physical and emotional wellbeing of workers. Take these steps to ensure the workplace is a safe space. Bullying in the workplace is escalating, with up to half of U.S. workers saying they’ve either been a target of or a witness to abusive behavior. It can be challenging to identify instances of bullying and to encourage/enable employees to report problems. However, if HR and other leaders have a better understanding of bullying, they can maximize their ability to keep workers safe, happy, and productive. … [Read more...] about Break the Cycle of Bullying
Hiring discrimination is more common than you think, but you can leap to new bias-free heights with a few small steps. According to at least one study, diversity makes a company more innovative. However, even with the best of intentions, bias can sneak into the hiring process; and this can negatively impact diversity. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate bias, there are several steps you can take to minimize … [Read more...] about Bias Busting Made Easy
A new survey suggests that many companies aren’t ready to handle opioid problems in the workplace; and HR and workers have very different perspectives on the issue. As the opioid crisis in this country grows, most organizations are still unsure how to handle issues such as what to do for workers under the influence of these drugs. In fact, according to one survey, only 13% of organizations are confident about spotting signs of opioid misuse, and 76% don’t provide educational programs or information to address this problem. Understanding rules and regs around testing and how you can help employees is essential to take charge of this growing concern. … [Read more...] about The Opioid Crisis Isn’t Going Away: What You’ve Done to Prepare Probably Isn’t Enough
Understanding how your employees learn can help you make the most of your training and education investments. One quality that most of the world’s most successful people share is a commitment to lifelong learning. To maximize your organization’s productivity and excellence, as well as employee engagement and loyalty, it’s essential to promote learning. Now a new report with insights into how people learn can help you make the most of your education and training investments. … [Read more...] about Want Highly Skilled Workers? Know How They Learn
Old ideas could be dragging down your culture and hurting engagement, retention, productivity, and morale. Are there elements of your culture that are sabotaging the health of your organization, costing good employees, and hurting productivity? Some of these may be leftovers from 10 or 20 years ago when they were considered acceptable, maybe even essential. However, the move to a more person-centered, tech-savvy workplace has rendered these ideas obsolete and, in some cases, dangerous. Read on to see what “landmines” your culture may be hiding. … [Read more...] about Is the Past Keeping You from Thriving in the Future?