How to Improve Employee Engagement

How to improve employee engagement has certainly become a hot topic that many organizations are talking about these days.  It’s not just about having happy employees.  It’s a key ingredient to success and accomplishing employee engagement can pay dividends for your business. Studies have shown that when employees are engaged, organizations reap these benefits:

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Tips for Performing Reference Checks

All too often, companies and hiring managers are enamored with a candidate based on a resume and an interview but breeze through reference checks as a formality.  Checking references is a critical part of the hiring process that shouldn’t be glossed over and it’s more than just checking boxes.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Employer Brand

In the age of digital and social media, making efforts to improve employer brand have become an important endeavor.  What people think of your company’s culture significantly impacts your ability to attract and retain a quality workforce.  Candidates have a wealth of information at their fingertips and more than ever before they are searching the web to learn about prospective employers before accepting a new position.  Studies have shown that a strong employer brand can also improve retention by 28% (source)

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The Pitfalls of Accepting a Counteroffer

So, you’ve received a good new job offer.  Sure, you’re a bit nervous, but also excited.  After much thought, you decide to take the offer and turn in your resignation.  Then your current employer surprises you and makes a counteroffer.  Should you take it or even consider it?  It’s a difficult decision that many of us have had to face and the correct answer isn’t so clear-cut.  There is a lot to consider with regards to counteroffers but, with the proper thought process, you should be able to recognize the pitfalls and make a wise decision.

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Empty Car Lots Could Be Key Indicator for Manufacturers

Have you driven by an auto dealer recently?  Have you noticed the numbers of cars in those lots are dwindling?  If you are looking to buy a new car, I have some bad news.  The dealer’s lots are nearly empty.  I drove by a local dealer today and noticed something interesting. To make it look like they have more inventory, the dealership actually had the cars parked front to back instead of side by side. If you are looking to purchase, these low inventories might be bad news.  But it may bode well for manufacturing businesses moving forward.
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Recruiting After the Storm Subsides

Besides work and the economy, have you ever thought about how many other ways COVID-19 has impacted us?  It’s changed the way we do business, communicate, worship, shop, and even the way we greet one another.  When is the last time you actually shook someone’s hand? How long do you think it will take before people are even comfortable resuming more normal activities?

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When it Comes to Recruiting, You Can Lead a Horse to… Lumber?

A number of weeks ago, I called the CEO for a precision metal manufacturer.  I heard they were hiring for a Director of Manufacturing and we wanted to recruit the position. The CEO explained that, while they sometimes outsource recruiting, they had a lot of applicants for the position and didn’t need exclusive support.  I didn’t capture their business (you can’t win them all), but he invited me to contingently send any resumes I thought might match the position.  This conversation was actually typical for a lot of sales calls.

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