Your New Hire Failed a Background Check, Now What?

You’ve found the perfect job candidate. You’re so excited that you issue an offer even as you run through the final stages of your due diligence. Then, you hit a major snag: a failed background check. Now what? Do you rescind the offer? Hire them anyway? These questions don’t have an easy answer. It largely depends on the situation. You have to take the results of background checks seriously, even while you weigh the particular circumstances. Background checks represent a common part of the recruiting process. Statistics indicate that nearly three quarters of employers (72%) run them as they consider… Read more »

Create a More Inclusive Workplace

Encouraging inclusion and diversity leads to many business benefits. However, these can be hard to achieve. As a result, you need to take active steps to create a more inclusive workplace. Unfortunately, many employers struggle to implement this kind of inclusion. As an example, look at how men and women perceive their workplaces. A study conducted by Culture Amp showed a gap between how comfortable men and women feel about sharing their professional opinions. Just look at the data. Of men surveyed, 79% felt they could “voice a contrary opinion without fear of negative consequences.” The figure for women? Only… Read more »

How Many Warnings Before You Should Fire Someone

2 male employees having a disagreement in a warehouse

It’s a frustrating situation. You have one team member who always falls behind or who always delivers low-quality work. You’ve tried talking to them, but it hasn’t helped. How long until you should consider an extreme approach? In other words, how many warnings should you give before you fire someone? Making the right choice represents a major responsibility. Letting someone go means taking away their livelihood. At the same time, you can’t let a terrible employee hold back the rest of the company. You need to weigh the decision carefully. There are steps you can take that will increase your… Read more »

Clever Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them

You might think of saying “thank you” as just a matter of simple politeness. Sure, that’s true. But it also represents good business. Finding clever ways to show your employees you appreciate them will help build team spirit and ultimately boost your bottom line. Employees want to feel valued for their contribution. Doing so leads to improved retention and productivity. This, in turn, will bolster profitability and encourage innovation. Just look at the numbers. For instance, one study showed that appreciation can keep your top contributors from developing a roving eye. The survey, prepared by SurveyMonkey and Bonusly, indicated that… Read more »

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Employees Feel Appreciated

Thank you. I appreciate it. I value you so much. That’s not so hard, is it?    Of course, making your employees feel appreciated isn’t quite as easy as just saying it out loud. That tactic for spreading good vibes is easy (and free). But, in a professional environment, the process can get more complex.   Still, it’s essential to figure out a way to send that message. One study suggested that providing a sense of gratitude boosted productivity by 50%. That’s a significant gain from a little appreciation.   So how do you do it? How do you impart that thankful feeling, beyond just… Read more »

Learn How to Embrace Change in the Workplace

Manager showing 2 industrial employees a tablet

Business success requires constant improvement. If you need proof, just look at a picture of the cell phone you were using 7 years ago. (It’s a wonder you could even function.) But this relentless drive for progress can sometimes become unsettling. It’s important to ease the path by learning how to embrace change in the workplace.   In biology, evolution comes about as a result of a natural process. In business, progress requires more thought. It takes planning and execution to position your company for the next stage of market development. In other words, you need everyone on board in order… Read more »

5 Tips for Conducting Virtual Interviews

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2020 has changed the way we think about many things, from masks to social gatherings to toilet paper inventories. In the recruiting world, this reassessment has had the most dramatic impact on the way companies gather information from job candidates. Suddenly, good HR efforts are defined by how well they conduct virtual interviews.    The spread of COVID has accelerated a move toward virtual interviews. One study indicated that 86% of organizations are using the technique in their hiring process. Clearly, this method of talking to candidates has become a central part of every HR toolkit.   Even as virtual interviews rise in popularity,… Read more »

Social Distancing In The Warehouse – How To Keep Your Team Healthy in 2020

Team of warehouse workers wearing face masks at a meeting with a supervisor

Conducting business during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a re-evaluation of many safety procedures involving the spread of disease. Nowhere is this more apparent than in warehouses – a section of most facilities where social distancing is often particularly difficult. Despite the challenges, it’s important to set the highest possible standards of infection management. Maintaining strict policies in the warehouse provides a crucial step in keeping your team healthy in 2020 and beyond.   Enacting effective social-distancing policies in a warehouse poses a daunting problem. When things are working right, a warehouse becomes a buzzing hive of activity. Inventory moves where… Read more »

Too Good to be True? Ways to Spot Lies on a Resume

It’s the workplace version of catfishing. You receive a resume that looks amazing. You schedule an interview, full of optimism and excitement. Then: the letdown. When you finally meet the candidate, you realize the resume was full of lies.   It can lead to significant losses. On a basic level, you waste valuable interview time uncovering a scam. Beyond that, though, you incur a high opportunity cost. There’s another qualified candidate out there that you didn’t invite to an interview because you gave a liar the opportunity.   There are ways to avoid this trap. You can create systems within your recruitment… Read more »

Pranks and Practical Jokes – Don’t be a Fool

April Fools’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to relieve stress and inject some humor into a potentially tedious office environment. However, there are limits. Taken too far, pranks and practical jokes, even when conceived as harmless fun, can create serious issues.    It’s essential to loosen up at the office from time to time. Studies show that encouraging fun in the workplace can lead to concrete business benefits. For instance, a survey conducted by Robert Half International showed that 84% of executives associate a good sense of humor with good job performance. Meanwhile, 91% of respondents view humor as helpful for career advancement.  … Read more »