Would you interview a fish on land? 

The answer to that question is, probably not. You want to see the fish in their natural environment. How do they swim, do they interact with other fish, how do they search for food? This isn’t about fish, but the idea of conducting part of the interview within the environment the employee is going to work, is often overlooked by HR and hiring managers.   I once had a position where I was responsible for hiring custodians to clean dormitories at a residential high school. The custodians would be assigned to one dorm and serve as the point person for the overall day to day operation of the building. The custodians saw the same students, day after day, got to know them,…

Google for Jobs

Have you checked out Google for Jobs yet? Here is a snapshot of what you find if you type in your desired job type with location with various filter options. Read more.. It’s notable that Indeed has chosen not to participate in Google’s new venture, so jobs solely posted on Indeed won’t show up. At this point, Indeed is the top job site – according to most experts and data – so it’s not an issue yet. Search results are driven by SEO and metadata, of course..it is Google. While Google wants to give company career pages priority over job…

Changes in Washington Mean Paying Attention to the Details; Federal Form I-9s

Presidential administrations have vastly different priorities, and, we know the current administration is placing a lot of attention on immigration. We heard it through the election cycle and that theme has steadily continued thru the first year of the Trump presidency. Politics is a like a pendulum. The swings can be dramatic, and as an employer, what happens in Washington and with I-9 compliance, should matter to you. This past week, 7-Eleven stores across the US had simultaneous federal immigration agents knocking on doors in an enforcement operation that yielded 21 arrests and prompted the employer to comply with a full-scale audit. Audits like these…

Gauging an Interviewee’s Questions

During an interview they asked what?​ Getting insight into what an interviewee asks during an interview.  Hiring is hard. It’s time consuming and you typically put in a lot of effort coming up with a list of those that you want to interview in person. We’ve all conducted interviews where you carefully went through the position, you got a good sense of the person’s qualifications and experience and you’re feeling good. Then, you ask the candidate if they have any questions…and you’re left scratching your head. You’re ready to talk about important new initiatives, success factors and the company’s culture when the candidate asks questions…

Succession planning; it’s not just for executives

Many of us know this story…The star employee that’s great at what they do, gets promoted into a position that they were unsuited for, and, ultimately fails. Who’s to blame here? The organization needed them, and the employee stepped up. The employer has an opportunity for growth, and promoted internally. I say neither is to blame, but timing and intentional conversation about an employee’s long-term goals and development is the key to success. I heard the term “battlefield promotion” once and thought, at the time, it is unrepresentative of the internal promotion, but looking back, it’s exactly the correct term.…

HR’s Role in Safety & Risk Management

HR’s Role in Safety & Risk Management Human Resources professionals and Safety professionals share many of the same objectives of risk management for their organizations, including: Legal compliance with federal, state, and city government Creation of a strong culture of teamwork and support An efficient, productive, and safe work environment A trained workforce with continuous improvement Retention of experienced workers Control of costs and liability Employee participation with ideas and solutions Engaged, supportive leadership involvement There is also overlap in certain functions, such as policy development, training, and workers’ compensation management, as well as a strong connection with harassment and…

HR Leadership Workshop

Mastering HR Leadership UNH HR workshop on January 23rd from 9am to 3pm at the UNH campus in Portsmouth. If you are interested in attending, please register with UNH here: Workshop Registration Managers and employees need HR leaders to be partners and teammates with the common goal of a successful and sustaining organization. This interactive day will focus on ways to achieve three crucial competencies of any HR leader: business mastery, human resources mastery, and personal credibility. Business mastery pertains to knowing your customers, products, and services; understanding how your organization operates; comprehending financial management and strategic planning; and aligning…

OSHA & NH DOL Health and Safety Regulations Workshop

OSHA & NH DOL Health and Safety Regulations Workshop UNH OSHA workshop on January 18th from 9am to 3pm at the UNH campus in Manchester. If you are interested in attending, please register with UNH here: Workshop Registration This is an interactive workshop for anyone involved with health and safety responsibility in their NH-based organization. The morning session will focus on OSHA and NH DOL safety regulations and requirements, along with proactive employer steps for the best work environment. The afternoon session will be spent on hands-on case studies for the best learning application. Attend to gain the resources to ensure…

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