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Rethinking Performance Reviews Part 1: How to Have Hard Conversations

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Businesses across the nation are breaking the rules when it comes to performance reviews, with some executives throwing the traditional review systems out the window. In the HR industry, it has been common for companies to use the standard method of quarterly and/or annual written reviews, but professionals are now seeing that these methods might not be effective enough. New Approach: Having Hard Conversations.

Continuous Feedback: Never Stop Talking to Your Team

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There is no doubt that continuous feedback in the workplace is a foundational strategy to boost the success of the company. This system can affect promotion decisions, compensation, and employee satisfaction. But, you need to be sure that you have a defined system in place to manage the feedback and to support your team. One common mistake is providing feedback to an employee, and then never following-up with a conversation to discuss changes or progress.

Rethinking Performance Reviews Part 2: How to Develop Strengths

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In our previous blog post, we discussed strategies to change performance review systems by maintaining ongoing communication with employees. It is essential that managers can initiate difficult conversations, helping to shed light on potential problems or gaps in the employee’s performance. As you maintain these conversations, it is natural to find areas where the employee needs to strengthen their skill set.

How to Retain Top Talent Without Breaking the Bank

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It is easy for employers to get stuck in the idea that the best way to retain good employees is by increasing their pay. While salary levels are important, many studies have found that real and true job satisfaction isn’t necessarily found in the size of a paycheck. Money isn’t the only motivator!

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Verified First, Our Background Screening Partner, Wins HRO Today Competition

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Here at Agile HR, we partner with the top companies that can provide value to our clients. Here’s exciting news about how Verified First, our background screening partner, is providing new features to improve the hiring process: We’re proud to announce that our background screening partner, Verified First, was named the winner at HRO Today’s 2018 iTalent competition.

What you need to Know about the Proposed Pay Equity for All Act of 2016

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Late last year, the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 (H.R.6030) was introduced in the House of Representatives. Even though this bill hasn’t yet been passed, it is essential that all employers are familiar with the potential changes that could happen in the workforce.

How Does Company Culture Motivate Your Employees?

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There is no doubt that happy employees are an integral part of a successful business. Most managers and business owners will agree with the fact that they need to boost company culture to improve performance. But, company culture is often a big mystery when it is time to implement changes in the organization. Providing Meaningful Tasks for Employees. When employees feel like their duties are meaningful to a greater effort, then their performance will increase.

What are the Most Outrageous Answers to Your Interview Questions?

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Interviewing is a tedious and necessary part of the hiring process, giving you the opportunity to evaluate potential candidates and choose the best match for the job opening. Recruiters design these questions to learn more about the applicants and identify if the person is a good fit for the company. Even if you are careful about crafting a list of good interview questions, there are still random answers that might catch you off guard during the interview.

Performance Review Transformation: How to Design a System to Support Employees and Improve Results

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Business owners will often agree that they are checking the boxes with performance reviews, but don’t seem to be getting the desired results from these efforts. The old methods of annual or quarterly reviews are outdated. Often managers and employees are just “jumping through the hoops” for review requirements… if the reviews are completed at all. Some companies are choosing to implement smaller, ongoing reviews in an attempt to maintain ongoing conversations.

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

Performance Conversations that Matter

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How often does it happen that a manager sits down with an employee regarding a performance evaluation, but the conversation doesn’t change the behavior of the employee? Performance reviews and systems are designed to support the employee in growth and career development. But, too often these practices are implemented without the real intent behind the system. Are you planning to have a performance conversation with an employee?

Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know

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Insurance coverage has been a hot topic this year with the new president in office. There has been a lot of discussions related to the potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even though efforts have been made to change the law, many of the ACA mandates are still in place. Time will tell whether upcoming laws will alter requirements for business owners and employee coverage. The GOP tried to pass a new health care law earlier this year, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

Peer Reviews: Are You Doing It Right?

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Building a strong, team-oriented workplace is essential if your business is going to thrive. So, you should be looking to implement systems where employees and managers can work together for the higher good of the company. Managers can oversee the daily activities to identify the slackers and the productive employees. But, the real information needs to come from the trenches: coworkers see the interactions and activities that are completed each day.

4 Employment Pay Trends to Consider

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The business world is moving faster than ever! Technology has opened up opportunities and transformed the way many companies are doing business. Are you keeping up with these changes in your business? Today, we are going to look at some of the pay trends in 2017 and how you might benefit from these options. Trend #1: Employee vs. Contractor Flexibility. The freelancing world is booming, and many companies are choosing to outsource certain services.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

Setting Employment Goals that Matter

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Setting employment goals can be a challenging activity for both the employee and the employer. It is important that these goals are supportive of the individual’s interests and skills, without sacrificing the mission and results that are needed for the company. Unfortunately, workplace goals often fall to the backburner when employees are focused on the daily grind of immediate tasks that need to be addressed.

The Team Behind the Team | Why Onboarding an Employee is so Important

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HR experts have found that an effective onboarding program is one of the best ways to improve performance and job satisfaction for new employees. People start a job with optimism, but can quickly slide into a negative mindset if they aren’t treated respectfully during the first few days of work. A cohesive, productive team is the most important thing that you can develop to boost the future success of the company.

The Team Behind the Team | Why Onboarding an Employee is so Important

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HR experts have found that an effective onboarding program is one of the best ways to improve performance and job satisfaction for new employees. People start a job with optimism, but can quickly slide into a negative mindset if they aren’t treated respectfully during the first few days of work. A cohesive, productive team is the most important thing that you can develop to boost the future success of the company.

Shameful Resume Lies!

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With the high levels of competition in the workplace, some candidates are frantically looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. They know that a recruiter could have a stack of hundreds of resumes, and a boring application will quickly get lost in a pile. Unfortunately, this situation sometimes leads people to fabricate resume details to get a job. Desperate times call for desperate measures! In fact, HireRight.com reported that 34% of applicants lie on their resumes.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

PTO Trends: Do Sick Days Matter?

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For many years, it has been normal for business owners to offer employees one or two weeks of Paid Time Off as a standard practice. But, the nuances of a PTO program can vary widely from one company to the next. Some employers offer paid vacation leave in addition to paid sick leave, while other companies group all days off in the same category. Now, the tables are turning, and forward-thinking businesses are looking for ways to attract the best talent.

Passion Over Pay: Is it All About the Money?

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Ask yourself an important question: what is the best way to motivate your employees to improve productivity? Many employers assume that their team is driven by the size of their paychecks. But, research studies have found that passion is a bigger influence than money. If a person doesn’t enjoy their work, then they won’t put in the extra effort to excel in their career. Money Demotivates Employees.

HR… Get to Know Your Hiring Managers!

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Does your company have strong communication between HR, hiring managers, and other departments? If you want to improve retention and streamline the hiring process, make sure that your recruiters are staying in contact with hiring managers and other people on the team. Understanding the Roles of HR, Hiring Managers, and Recruiters. To help you see the importance of this communication, it is important that you take a look at the responsibilities of each person.

Best Interview Questions EVERYONE Should Ask

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As a recruiter, you only have a short time to talk to the candidates and understand more about their skills and attributes. This interview time is valuable so that you can sort through the options to identify the best match for your company. So, it is essential that you are selective about your interview questions, to be sure that you can uncover the information that is needed to shed light on each candidate.

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

Agile HR was Recently Recognized as a Top Applicant Tracking Software

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Is your company considering options to upgrade your applicant tracking system or get started with new software? The system that you use can make a difference to optimize your efforts and streamline the processes in your company. But, if you want to get the results that you desire, then you need to be sure that you are using software designed to match your needs. Don’t make the mistake of cutting corners to save a few bucks!

Expanding Company Culture to Open the Door for Remote Employees

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Digital communication has opened the door in many aspects of business, making it easier than ever for employees, clients, and business associates to stay connected. As these methods of communication have opened up, many companies are jumping on board with the concept of work-from-home solutions for their employees. There are many benefits available by employing remote employees, and companies often find that this working relationship is beneficial for both the company and the employee.

5 Reasons You are Losing Great Employees

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It is a frustrating situation to see good employees leaving your company, especially when you feel like you are unable to fill the positions quickly enough to keep up with work flow. Have you been losing good employees, and you can’t identify a reason for the turnover? Here are five common reasons why you might be losing your top talent: 1. Career Opportunities. Are you providing growth and development opportunities to your employees?

Why Networking Should Be the Foundation of Recruiting

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Recruiters are looking for alternative methods to connect with potential candidates, because they know that the traditional methods of newspaper ads and job fairs just won’t cut it any more. Many industries are experiencing a talent shortage, making it more difficult for you to find candidates that are a good match to fill your open position.

Applicant Tracking System Vendor Comparison Matrix

Trying to decide which ATS is right for your company? Newton is the only ATS built by recruiters, for recruiters. Download the comparison matrix to see how Newton compares to other ATS vendors.

Decreasing Workplace Stress to Improve Employee Satisfaction

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Workplace stress might seem like a normal part of employment, but the truth is that high levels of stress might be contributing to employee satisfaction levels. When employees are always feeling the burden of stress, they are often less satisfied with their employment. In fact, these high levels of stress can at times contribute to high turnover rates.

4 Things HR Can Learn from the Sales Department

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Business owners often find that departments within the company tend to stay secluded from each other. Every department knows their duties, and they take care of their work without paying attention to what is going on with other teams in the building. But, this separate approach can be detrimental to long-term success, and there are some benefits when departments learn from the strengths within other areas of the company.

3 Common Recruiting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Do you feel like it is impossible to build a team of strong, capable employees? If you are having problems with your current employees, then you need to consider how these people were hired in the first place. Your recruiting methods are the foundation to creating a good team, so you need to assess how you are recruiting new employees if you want to build a better team. Here are three of the most common recruiting mistakes: 1. Rushing the Hiring Process.

How Office Organization Impacts Employee Productivity

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Every business owner should be focused on boosting employee productivity, because productive employees can improve the success of the business. The problem is that many business owners are getting it all wrong with their attempts to improve productivity. So, it is important to consider your systems and programs to assess how they are actually impacting employee engagement.

Dice's 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Report

A vital step to becoming more inclusive is first understanding how inclusive your culture is right now. Dice’s Diversity and Inclusion Report highlights how tech pros currently gauge their industry’s progress – and how frequently they've experienced discrimination based on gender, sexuality, age and political affiliation.

Why Social Media Will Make-or-Break Your Recruiting Efforts

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There is no doubt that social media plays a big role in modern day recruiting, especially because many job-seekers rely heavily on the internet during their job search. If you aren’t using social media in your recruiting efforts, then you need to take immediate action to look for ways that you can integrate it into your plan. Without social media, it is likely that you are missing out on many qualified candidates. Why Social Media is so Important.