In the 1970s, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) had a problem: an almost all-male orchestra. This trend also happened to show up in the other top orchestras in the United States at the time. In an experimental process, the BSO implemented blind auditions, placing a curtain between the musician and the judging panel. They even ensured the floors were carpeted to dull the sound of high heels, which might give away an auditioner’s gender.
If you’re a recent college graduate, things are looking up for you—much better than your Millennial predecessors. The U.S. unemployment rate is back down to pre-recession levels. The economy has been recovering year-by-year and the job market is strong. More employers are looking to fill roles as technology changes the way we work and specialized skills become highly sought after. For the Class of 2017, the future is bright.
It's time for another HR Roundup of the latest HR news and trends. This month, we review the Trump administration's rule to stabilize the ACA marketplace and New Jersey Senator's reintroduced Fair Chance Act, also known as the "Ban the Box" rule. We also take a look at the controversy surrounding the GOP's Working Families Flexibility Act and the latest Snapchat trend to hit HR and hiring.
A job application is the first contact many companies will have with potential future employees or, in some cases, customers. That’s one reason it’s so critical to handle the recruiting process with finesse. Bad recruiting experiences negatively impact a brand’s reputation, and can undo goodwill earned by strong products or good customer service.
But some organizations are stuck in the past, repeating the same actions that turn off potentially great employees from applying for other positions or from buying their products in the future. How can you avoid falling into that trap? Take a look at your recruiting and hiring practices for the following worst practices:
There’s nothing dull about Human Resources these days. This fall has boasted a lot of change and proposed legislation—some passed, others stalled or overturned. Rules are changing, deadlines are changing, technology is changing. And HR has to keep up. Good thing you’re here to get the updates on all-things-HR.
Not long before summer’s start, the DOL announced the final rule for overtime and white-collar exemptions. But that isn’t the end of the changes for the FLSA. This summer will bring higher penalties for employer violations—along with other big news for the workforce. What’s happening in the world of HR lately?
Finding the right talent for your company is a challenge even in the best of times. But with the job market growing ever more competitive, and the skills gap looming large, it’s getting trickier to fill positions with highly-qualified candidates. For savvy and strategic recruiters, it doesn’t have to be an impossible task, though. Here are a few best practices to help you sharpen your recruiting and staffing processes so that you can find and attract the strongest candidates: