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.
Maintaining a good relationship with your vendors is important. The company will benefit by having someone that will provide an affordable delivery cost and enhanced service levels. The human resources department will benefit since the vendor’s solution won’t generate extra or distinct payroll work with regard to the delivery model. Below are some ways in which a stronger relationship with vendors can be fomented:
There are three teams whose input is essential for strong relationships with vendors, and these three teams are executive steering, service implementation and delivery, and relationship management. Executive steering is responsible for creating and strengthening the strategic direction of thelarge business, and will provide various assets while managing relationships with clients. Some of their assets consist of equipment or consultants, along with employees.
The implementation and service delivery team is responsible for daily procedures, and will monitor change initiatives while evaluating performance. This team will communicate with vendors regarding updates that need to be made as well as how they should be implemented. Prior to implementation, the client and vendor will need to perform a product overview and create flow charts to show how improvements will occur.
It is also important for clients and vendors to have trust, respect and mutual benefit in working together. Any relationship where these three components are not present will not last. Trust should be considered the foundation of the relationship, and mutual benefit involves the advantages that each party gains by working with the other. Vendors are notorious for over promising and under delivering, so this is something that every business has to consider when deciding if it wants to collaborate with them.
Both parties will need to establish an agreement so that the services which will be rendered can be defined. It is also important to note the time period which the agreement covers. The agreement must designate a specific service level which is agreed to by both parties, and it should identify every fee to be incurred as well as the responsibilities of both groups.
A good agreement will always consist of a provision for disaster recovery. It should be kept up to date and receive the approval of an external auditor, and should include a provision which specifies how sensitive information will be handled in the event of the termination of the agreement. It can be helpful for the vendor and client to establish an advisory board which is comprised of a consortium of clients who will be responsible for giving support and guidance on key issues.
A good advisory board could consist of approximately 5 to 10 people who would serve terms of two years each. It isn’t necessary to have a board which is even numbered since it is the client who would have the final say.
One of the hottest trends in information technology today is mobile HR. It is very attractive to millennials in particular which means that small businesses that adapt to it have the greatest chance of recruiting the best and brightest from this generation. Below are some reasons mobile HR is changing the payroll and IT landscape.
Requesting a pay raise is always a sensitive topic, both for employers and employees. Employers, especially those who run small businesses, naturally want to pay their employees the bare minimum, while employees want to earn the maximum. The two sides will typically settle on an amount which is acceptable to both.
Advances in computer and networking technology have drastically changed the employment landscape. It has allowed for the growth of a remote workforce which can complete complex projects over vast distances without being in the same building, city or even country. While the majority of employees throughout the world must still be physically present in most industries, the remote workforce is seen by many as being the wave of the future. Below are some benefits you’ll gain by using it.
The U.S. is comprised of 50 states which each have its own rules and local employment regulations, some of which can differ widely from one area to another. Therefore, companies new to a jurisdiction or which plan to expand into another state must ensure they are compliant with the local employment laws. Below are some tips for doing this.
Both the workplace and market are in a constant state of flux, requiring managers to overcome multiple challenges while striving to stay competitive. They depend heavily on human resources, and below are some tips that will help managers capitalize on HR in a manner that will maximize their efforts.