HR 101: Tips for Growing Companies

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Attracting top talent is tough before your brand and reputation are established. Good people always have choices, and it’s hard to attract and find the ones each of us want. After nearly a decade in the hiring business, we’ve decided to share what we know. Welcome to our Hiring 101 Series, a set of great lessons developed for growing companies who need to attract, and hire, great people.

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Internships: To Pay or Not to Pay?

July 13 2018

Thinking of getting an intern next month when college kids go back to school? Internship programs are a great way to find and train great entry level talent, but if improperly managed, they can be a real hassle. One of the biggest questions you’ll have to answer is whether you’re going to pay your interns. Here are some facts you should know before you make your decision:

Are Thank You Notes a Thing of the Past?

July 05 2018

Hiring has changed and we’re seeing fewer thank you notes and emails from applicants. Why is this practice losing its popularity, and does it matter? We think the increase in casual working environments is largely to blame, but we also feel that expressing gratitude, communicating effectively, and going the extra mile are traits that matter more than ever to employers. Here are 4 things to consider when debating on whether to hire someone who didn’t send a thank you note:

A Hiring Checklist that Will Save You Time & Money

June 21 2018

hiring checklistHiring is a challenge because there is typically a high sense of urgency, combined with a low number of applicants who are a fit from both a qualifications and cultural perspective. Before you jump in to the deep end of costly job boards and mediocre results, educate yourself. We’ve made that easier for you with a hiring checklist to help you see more successful results from your next search:

Job Board Frustrations…And How to Get Better Results

June 07 2018

frustrated womanThe job boards are full of appealing data points and big promises when it comes to recruiting. It’s easy to get reeled in, but the results you see are often disappointing and require a LOT more work that you originally envisioned. Here are some common job board frustrations and suggestions to help you see better results:

I-9 Audits Are Coming! Are You Ready?

May 31 2018

audit signIt’s official! Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a statement saying I-9 audits are happening in full force this summer. While ICE remains hyperfocused on criminal activity and deporting people who are working in the U.S. illegally, the fact remains that audits are on the rise and your company could be next. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), there are already more open workplace investigations in 2018 than there were in the entire year of 2017—and it’s not even officially summer yet. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for an I-9 audit:

5 Perks of Hiring a Veteran

May 25 2018

Veteran holding Help Wanted signThere are thousands of veterans discharged from active service every year and one of them could be the next member of your team. With a plethora of valuable skills and an incredible work ethic, former members of the U.S. Military make great employees. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire a veteran:

What Are Departing Employees Allowed to Take Home?

May 14 2018

man leaving his jobWhen employees leave, (either from a termination or voluntary resignation) what they take with them is often overlooked by employers and HR managers. This is a time when vigilance and consistency are important. While it would be lovely if all departing employees had the best intentions and displayed a high degree of professionalism, the reality is—this doesn’t always happen. Here is a quick cheat sheet that will help you know what to watch out for when parting ways with an employee:

How Outdated is Your Company’s PTO Policy?

April 27 2018

Time off is a huge perk, but it’s one that many people aren't taking full advantage of. Why is this? Do we think we’re too busy? Do we feel guilty leaving our team with a heavier workload? Are we afraid someone will swoop in and take over our job? Or are we just so used to being “plugged in” 24/7 that the idea of a true vacation seems so 20th century? Here are a few interesting bits of trivia around modern PTO plans:

Can You Fire People for Openly Discussing Salaries?

April 12 2018

There has been a longstanding taboo around open salary discussion at most companies. Many employers have had policies in place to discourage this behavior, but the fact is—it would be very difficult for an employer to successfully terminate an employee simply for sharing salary information with colleagues. Why is this so? Read on to find out:

Would Your Company Pass an I-9 Audit?

March 23 2018

Red Audit ButtonDid you know approximately 70% of I-9’s contain at least one error? As immigration legislation changes and new policies are enforced, the likelihood that your company will face an I-9 audit is expected to increase. With penalties on the rise, I-9 compliance is something all business owners need to know about. Here are 3 tips to help you minimize I-9 risk and avoid costly penalties:

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