What’s the first thing you do before you buy a new piece of furniture? Visit a new restaurant? Book a room at a hotel? If you’re like 93 percent of consumers, according to data from Podium, you turn to online reviews to inform your purchase decisions.
When it comes to making a choice, people are more likely to seek out and trust insight from their peers as opposed to the information shared by the businesses themselves. And as it turns out, people rely on word-of-mouth whether they’re buying a pair of shoes or applying for a job.
In fact, job seekers read an average of six reviews before applying for a job opening, according to Glassdoor. And 69 percent of people say brand strength is either important or very important when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer, according to an MRI Network study.
As an HR manager, this can sometimes be frustrating. While you work hard to foster a healthy employer reputation by enhancing the workplace culture, even just one negative review can repel potential applicants. And the more negative reviews you earn, the harder it becomes to redeem your reputation, attract top talent and keep your organization thriving.
Here are a few tips to help you better manage your employer reputation and overcome negative reviews:
As an HR expert, your hiring decisions often hinge on a candidate’s performance in their job interview — especially when they’re applying for a leadership position. However, when it comes to your own career advancement, it can be challenging to determine what to say.
But, as you know, taking the time to research popular interview questions and rehearse thoughtful responses ahead of time can increase your chances of earning a coveted leadership position.
Whether you’re currently interviewing for a new role or simply considering pursuing new opportunities in the future, here are several popular HR manager interview questions and tips for formulating the best responses:
Happy New Year! As you’re putting together a list of resolutions, boosting your career as an HR leader may be one of your biggest priorities. However, becoming the best HR manager you can be takes time and commitment. One way to establish your reputation and help guide your career is to join associations and groups. Another is to immerse yourself in the work of thought leaders and influencers who can inspire, educate, and motivate you.
The holiday season can be a tricky time for HR professionals and company leaders. Everyone on your staff is likely to feel the crunch of additional professional and personal obligations at the end of the year, and mass burnout may always feel imminent. Throwing a fun holiday party to show appreciation for your staff is a good idea, but it can also be a logistical nightmare. And while hiring additional seasonal staff can help increase productivity, it may also cause confusion about compliance with employment laws.
But fear not! We’ve pulled together a few pointers to help you make the holiday season as smooth as possible in your workplace this year.
Don’t you love the beginning of another new year, with a blank calendar full of potential? By now you’ve probably had your fill of articles telling you how to improve your health or organize your home in the coming year. You may have even hit the gym or bought some organizational tools to help you become a better, healthier version of your 2017 self.
Setting personal goals is really important, but have you had much time to think about how to become more effective and efficient at work in 2018? If you haven’t taken a few minutes to set goals for your professional life, we have a few suggestions to help you start the year off on the right foot:
This time of year, there’s an extremely contagious little bug that gets around in crowded places, but it’s especially common in offices. It’s not the cold or flu, but something a little more insidious: employee burnout.
Burnout happens when employees have completely spent their physical, intellectual, and emotional stores, and are still pushed (by themselves, their families, their managers, or any combination of parties) to give more. It’s both easy to catch and really tough to cure.
Since 1919, several allied countries who participated in World War I have observed November 11—the day the armistice that ended the war was signed—as a day to honor the contribution of military veterans. This day was initially called Armistice Day, but within several years, it was renamed Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day (or informally, Poppy Day) in the Commonwealth.
In the U.S., Veterans Day is a federal holiday, meaning all non-essential government offices are closed. Employees who are required to work are generally given another day off, or receive additional compensation for working on a federal holiday. Private employers, however, are not required to provide the day off for their employees; according to a SHRM survey in 2010, only about 21% of private employers planned to give their employees the day off to observe.
Company leaders are (rightly) preoccupied with the buzzy concept of “corporate culture” these days. While highly-funded tech companies provide splashy benefits packages, it can be tough for smaller organizations or companies in traditional industries to even think of how to compete.
But it turns out that wild getaway parties and beer taps aren’t the key to a healthy, thriving company culture. Your employees (particularly millennials and the newly-graduating Generation Z) aren’t looking for what you can give them; they’re looking for how they can help give back.
That’s why one of the strongest ways to improve your engagement and retention rates is also one of the simplest: providing volunteer opportunities in the workplace.
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, prohibiting employers, schools, and public places from discriminating against anyone on the basis of their disabilities, and requiring them to provide reasonable accommodations.
However, even after nearly 30 years with this law in place, many employers still don’t understand their obligations, and often carry misconceptions about hiring workers with disabilities. Let’s take a look at some common myths about hiring employees with disabilities, and whether there’s any truth to them.
Most employers have experienced how challenging it can be to keep employees engaged in the long term. Without clear direction, goals, and connection to the company, employees will often leave for greener pastures. Worse, they may burn out and stay, bringing negative energy and apathy to work every day.
Business leaders use some common tools to try to combat these problems, like employee recognition programs, regular feedback, or access to more training. These are all great solutions. But they don’t address one crucial factor in employee engagement: a feeling of belonging and importance in the organization.