Tips & Tricks Archives

5 Ways to Check References to Avoid Toxic Employees

Have you ever attempted to check references before hiring, and run into a brick wall with the former employer giving you only name, title, and date of employment? If so, that’s understandable because they fear lawsuits. On the other hand, the former employer may give a glowing reference. And only later you find…

Stop Doing This If You Want Great Managers

What is HR doing to improve the quality of managers? Not enough, insists Rob Catalano, co-founder of Work Tango, a provider of software to measure employee engagement, obtain feedback, and help managers to be better coaches. And that’s just what his DisruptHR New York talk was about. “We are not doing enough as…

What You Can Do to Help New Parents

New mothers and fathers everywhere wrestle with the issue of juggling a career and family. Traditionally, it’s an issue that has most impacted mothers. Some want to stay home, but have to work to supplement the household income. Others want to work, yet worry over trusting someone else to care for their child….

A Few Words About Hiring, Managing and Training

Short takes on hiring, managing and training from the Humetrics blog: Cultural fit Want to know what that job applicant’s life philosophy and values are? Try this interview question: “You have just agreed to give the commencement address to your local high school graduating class. What would your message be?” Job posting advice…

Your Guide to the More Popular Pre-Hire Assessments

Personality tests are a growing industry. Though recruiters have differing opinions on personality tests as an indicator of  fit, according to a 2011 report, the use of personality assessments was then increasing by as much as 20% per year. Part of the reason pre-employment personality tests are on the rise is because of…

There’s More to People Than Being An “Owl”

I just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said, Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it? The call…

Advice for Millennials Managing a Multigenerational Team

Much has been written about millennial workers — what they want and how management can provide it, but what about millennial leaders? How will millennials manage a multigenerational staff? There’s not much data on this. As I searched and picked through what little I could find, I came across a human resources video…

Lifecycle Mastery: A Learning Culture is the Key to Getting Great Performance

This is part five of a six part look at how employers can master the talent lifecycle in a way that will help build a high performing workforce. Today’s post examines performance management. Previous posts are listed at the end of this article. ———— The point of performance management is clear — to…

Is Your Diversity Recruitment Struggling? Maybe You’re Making These Mistakes

Lack of workforce diversity has placed a magnifying glass on the hiring practices of organizations in all industries. It’s about being more thoughtful in granting everyone equal access to employment opportunities and also opening your doors to a wider range of talent that may just the very thing you need to succeed in…

How One Growing Company Is Changing Its Culture

Over the past two years, my company, Sterling Talent Solutions, has acquired four companies. As a result, we more than doubled in size. With this kind of growth comes change. We’ve added hundreds of new colleagues, ramped up our technology stack and have rethought our internal processes to ensure customers are getting the…

Hiring Job Hoppers Is Good For Your Business

Opportunities for advancement are the second most common reason job seekers look for a new position — following compensation — according to an October 2015 Manpower survey. That same survey showed 4 in 10 U.S. employees are always looking for their next job. Due to the frequency of job hopping among today’s job seekers, some professionals have even…