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Why employees resign: recognising disengagement, and what to do about it

Leigh Branham’s book The Seven Hidden Reasons Employees Leave is based on in-depth analysis of exit interview data gathered by the Saratoga Institute.[1]
This identified the root causes of employee disengagement and why they ultimately leave. This analysis taken from the Toolkit for Managers profiles Branham’s seven reasons, alongside his insights on what employers can do to improve engagement and reduce turnover. ...




Additional time off resulted in worker performance gains in 3 areas

Sure, you know there are personal benefits to getting rest and relaxation — like less stress and fatigue. Now here’s some compelling proof there are also measurable business benefits to getting your employees to take some R&R time. ...




A real-world approach to getting the feedback you need from employees

See if this sounds familiar: During an annual review with one of your department employees, they tell you that everything is fine and they couldn’t be happier – yet a month or two later they resign. What happened? Guest poster Deb Dwyer, founder and president of HSD Metrics, offers some perspective. ...




Relying on FBI Fingerprint Background Checks Is Flawed, Risky for Employers

State legislators are increasingly proposing that FBI and state fingerprint checks be a required part of employment screening, but there are potentially serious problems with this: results from these databases are incomplete, the databases include arrest records employers shouldn’t be considering and the system doesn’t allow applicants to challenge the results. ...




New resource for recruiting: Interviewing the candidates that got away

Many companies conduct exit interviews with departing employees, to gain insight into why they’re moving on. But have you ever thought of interviewing the candidates who’ve turned down your job offer?  
 
That’s the suggestion made by executive coach Ben Dattner in a recent Harvard Business Review blog post. ...




13 bizarre ways job candidates try to get noticed

You’ve no doubt interviewed a few odd ducks in your day. But of the job-seekers you’ve met and things you’ve seen, does any one of them top anything on this list? 
 
The survey masters at CareerBuilder have done it again. ...




Retention Strategies

            Once a company has landed its top talent, the work does not end there; recruitment strategies should immediately be followed by retention strategies. Unfortunately, turnover in employment is incredibly common, with many candidates using jobs as spring boards to move ahead. ...




Brain-Teaser Interview Questions Serve a Purpose

There was a lot of buzz a few months back, when news organizations began reporting on the odd -- sometimes very odd -- brain-teaser questions Google asks its interviewees. Odd: “Describe AdWords to a 7-year-old.” Very odd: “How many haircuts do you think happen in America every year?”
 
But believe it or not, there’s a method to Google’s madness when it comes to lobbing unexpected and unusual questions at potential job candidates. ...




This Is How You're Failing Millennials in the Workplace

While it’s easy to claim that millennials love to complain, the facts are hard to ignore: Millennials want more from their work and their employers. After all, those in the survey were more likely than their elders to list as their major long-term goal finding a new job with better benefits, pay and hours, as well as jobs with more meaning. ...




How to Be a Boss – Better Than Your Boss

Seek out additional responsibilities and advance your career.
 

You know the drill. Your boss went away on vacation, you stepped up to the plate. Check that – not only did you step up to the plate, you knocked the ball out of the park!

 
While your manager was out, you not only successfully and seamlessly handled your own workload, but also responsibilities associated with their role – from emergencies to additional leadership responsibilities, albeit temporarily. ...