Employee Engagement Ideas: Creating a Magnetic Culture

Posted by Guest Post on November 1, 2016

What is great company culture? Free food? Extra vacation? Flexible hours?

Employers spend more than $720 million on employee engagement ideas every year, yet only 30 percent of the workforce is actively engaged.

That’s because it takes more than “stuff” to truly engage team members.

PeopleMatter recently partnered with workplace culture guru, Laurie Ruettimann, who is also an HR strategist, writer and published author, for a webinar to talk about what it takes to build and develop a culture that helps you find and keep happy, passionate and loyal people.

Laurie says creating a magnetic culture really boils down to six key employee engagement ideas:

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Recruiting Software: The Ultimate List (90+ Awesome Tools)

Posted by Will Zimmerman on October 18, 2016

There is a lot of hiring and recruiting software out there.

And, if you’ve ever tried to find recruiting software to make your hiring process easier, you’ve probably noticed there are thousands of different tools to pick from.

Furthermore, there are many different types and classes of recruiting software. Do you need an applicant tracking system? A job board? A careers page builder? Or one of the many others?

It can be confusing, which is a shame because the right recruiting software can save you tons of time, money and can help you find great employees.

Fortunately, today you’re in luck!

We did the research and broke down over 90 of the most popular recruiting tools for small business employers so that you can find the recruiting tool you need to hire effectively.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to an Effective Recruitment Strategy

Posted by Guest Post on October 4, 2016

Recruiting managers face a lot of challenges.

From looking for the right talent, to ensuring that they stay put, it is a lot of planning and implementation. But what is most nerve-racking is  planning a replacement strategy for talent loss.

Often, the immediate response to someone resigning is to frantically start looking for a replacement, all within the notice period. But it is difficult to find people who can match the skill sets of your best talent.

How can one easily find the same talent with the same set of experiences? 

Attrition rates are only going up now that millennials are forming a major part of the workforce. Millennials are beginning to be known as the job-hopping generation.

One way to get out of such a situation is by devising an effective recruitment strategy, a strategy that helps hiring managers  tackle high churn rate. But again, this is no piece of cake!

There is no rulebook to blindly follow here, as every organization is different and so are its needs for talent. Adding to this, the job market also keeps changing, and so do the preferences of candidates. The recruiting process depends on a variety of factors, each of which will affect your practices as a hiring manager.

To help you get started, here is a cheat sheet of the most effective and successful recruiting tactics:

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Free Job Posting Sites: 30+ Best Places to Hire on a Budget

Posted by Sean Falconer on September 20, 2016

Not all of us have can afford recruiters and high-priced job boards. 

Even if we can, no one wants to waste money investing in a new job posting site without at least testing it to make sure the it is going to deliver.

That's why we have put together this awesome list of the best free job posting sites.

All of these job boards and hiring tools are either completely free, have free tiers or have a free trial.

Use the filters below to find the right combination that suits your hiring needs!

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Illegal Interview Questions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on September 13, 2016

When interviewing applicants, always avoid asking illegal interview questions.  

What constitutes an illegal question, you ask?  

Anything on the subject of an  applicant's age, race, origin, gender, marital status or sexual orientation are included in a list of no-no questions and should be avoided at all costs.

Check them out in this infographic!

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How To Write A Job Description [Infographic]

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on September 7, 2016

The job description is likely the first hurdle in jumpstarting your hiring process.

Some managers nab a job description template, hit copy and paste, throw the job out on a few job boards and call it a day.

Not surprisingly, those tend to be the managers that find themselves hiring for the same positions six months down the line. Tsk tsk!

Knowing how to write a job description that will inspire job seekers can be tricky business.

The perfect job description will be a mixture of essential information (responsibilities, requirements, description of position), character (infusing company culture, using colloquial language) and a few tips and tricks to make it stand out in a search.

We created this infographic to help you through the process of taking your job description and transforming it into the perfect job ad to bring in only the best candidates.

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How to Write Amazing Job Ads (27 Awesome Tricks That Work)

Posted by Sean Falconer on August 23, 2016

Let's face it, hiring is competitive.

Every time you need to fill a new position, you are competing with tons of similar companies, posting similar job ads and all recruiting from the same pool of candidates.

Candidates on average only spend about 49.7 seconds assessing the fit of a job ad, just enough time to read and process about 150 words.

With only 3-5% click-through rates on sites like Indeed, there's a good chance the best candidates are completely missing the existence of your job.

If you want to have a competitive edge, your job title and description is extremely important.

That’s a lot of pressure.

But don't worry...

I've put together 27 awesome tips that will give you an edge so that you get more and better applicants for every job your post online.

Check it out:

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How to Stay Awake at Work: 45+ Ways to Stay Alert All Day

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on August 9, 2016

It’s 2:30pm and your eyelids are very, very heavy. You swore hours passed since the last time you glanced at the clock at 2:15pm.

How are you ever going to stay awake at work?

We have all been there, in the afternoon slump when your forehead seems like it is magnetized to your desk and you just… cannot…. stay… awake.

Fortunately, we have help for you.  

Whether you are falling asleep right this moment, have regular trouble with drowsiness or you simply want to be more energized at work, we have solutions for you!

Follow these tried and true tips for getting great sleep, energizing your body (and your mind!) and staying awake at work.

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Employee Retention: 5 Ways to Keep Employees from Jumping Ship

Posted by Guest Post on August 2, 2016

Gone are the days when employees spent the better part of their careers (say, 30+ years) with one company.

Today's workers—especially those in the younger generation—are quick to jump ship (as much as four times in 10 years) if they feel their employer isn't meeting their needs.

And employers are not blind to the rising problem of employee turnover.

Employee retention and employee wellbeing are the top concerns for human resources professionals today.

HR leaders know it's hard to build a strong team and maintain a high level of productivity when a company is constantly filling vacant positions and getting new employees up to speed.

So how do companies keep employees on board and avoid the time and money suck often associated with high employee turnover?

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Job Posting Tips: Insider Tips to Make Your Job Ad Stand Out

Posted by Guest Post on July 28, 2016

This article is brought to you by Kim Costa of Snagajob.

With over 70 million job seekers registered on Snagajob, America's largest network for hourly-paid employment, we spend a lot of time studying job seeker behavior and know what you should-and shouldn't-be including in your job posting.

How your job postings appear online is obviously very important. With the unemployment rate declining, it's more important than ever to make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure your posting is getting seen from the right candidates.

In this article, we outline a few specific job posting tips to keep in mind the next time you post a job.

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