An employee’s first day can be exciting and stressful at the same time. The goal of their employer should be to assist them in transitioning and settling in as smoothly as possible, and below are some tips that will help you do exactly that.
How does company culture work, and why is it needed? The term involves key factors, such as leadership and the behavior of employees, but also includes systems, habits, beliefs, language, values and vision. Every successful small business has developed their own culture, and below are some ways to establish it within your enterprise.
While HR consulting will benefit most companies, there are a number of indications that an institution seriously needs it. This consultation can go a long way to make your HR department and operations more effective.
Research shows that about six out of each 100 employees you have will moonlight, or work for another employer. The practice has become common due to the high cost of living in some areas, which require some to work two jobs just to make enough to get ahead. While it has its benefits, it also presents challenges, both for employers as well as their employees. Below are some steps for effectively managing moonlighting employees.
A growing number of employees, particularly millennials and members of Generation Z, are using social media to find jobs. It is therefore important for large and small employers to utilize this medium in order to recruit employees, but there are specific practices which should be used to get the best results.
2018 is here, and with it are trends which will shape the human resources landscape. Every business, irrespective of industry, should want to keep abreast of these new developments, and below are the hottest HR trends which you should expect and prepare for this year and beyond. Read More
Questions from behavioral interviews are designed to get you to reveal how you responded to certain past scenarios. The answers you give will inform Human Resources as to how you might behave in the future if similar situations occur. Giving the wrong answer on such interviews could cost you the position, so below are some common questions asked during these interviews and how to respond to them.
Some holiday gifts are appropriate to give to your colleagues at the workplace, while others are not. Giving a gift which is inappropriate could result in an awkward moment, or even cause tension between departments. Here are some best practices for ensuring that this doesn’t happen.
The most challenging aspect of workplace gift giving is ensuring the gifts you provide are in accordance with the tastes of the recipient. A common mistake which is made by those who purchase gifts is selecting items based on their tastes as opposed of those of the recipient. This is a losing scenario for you and the recipient, as you’re wasting money on something they will end up not using or possibly even tossing in the trash.
If your boss gives you a gift during the holidays, rather than going out and buying them one in return, write up a nice thank you letter which acknowledges you have received it and show your gratitude. The trouble with buying your boss a gift is that you might not know what they want and you could appear to be “sucking up” which is never a good impression.
Favoritism is not a trait you want to demonstrate, especially during the holidays. Everyone has colleagues that they prefer over others, but you should never make it too obvious. So, if you decide to buy a Christmas gift for one person, you should ideally buy one for everyone in the department, and if your budget won’t allow it, then it’s probably best not to buy any gifts at all, as you don’t want to create hard feelings among others.
A gift which is appropriate for a colleague that works in a large business like Apple might not be appropriate for a colleague that works at a smaller business. Before shopping for gifts, you should carefully examine the culture of your company. Generally speaking, the more relaxing the company environment, the wider range you will have in the gifts you select. Learn the hobbies of your co-workers and listen to them during conversations to find out what interests them and what items they’d like to buy.
You should also purchase and distribute the gifts in advance since your co-workers will do their own Christmas shopping and may inadvertently buy the same things that you’ve already purchased. Distributing gifts to co-workers and especially your boss is a gesture that is personal, and it must be done in the right way, otherwise the feelings of one or both sides could be hurt, which won’t help company morale. Remember, you’re spending your hard-earned money on gifts with the expectation that those who receive them will be gracious, and following these tips will ensure they are!
Advancements in both robotics and artificial intelligence are set to change the way many industries operate, disrupting and overturning existing methods and processes in favor of new ones. While both small businesses and large businesses will benefit handsomely from these upcoming changes, others who fail to adapt will be left behind. Below are some ways HR can ensure robotics and AI works for them instead of against them.
A growing trend among millennial workers is the preference for office space which is flexible in design. Such spaces encourage social interaction while also supporting a variety of different work styles. Ultimately, employers aim to use it to attract and retain millennials. There are a number of factors which have led to this preference, and we will explore some of them in this post.