Posts by BrightMove

Heads Up when Hiring – Salary History is Moving Off the Table

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If asking candidates about their salary history is still part of your recruiting, application, or interviewing process—it is time to rethink the question. Despite better awareness of the issue, there remains a significant wage gap between men and women in the US.  According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), women earn about 80 cents…

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Job Loss and Career Transition – Finding the Silver Lining

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Transitioning Workers Create Hidden Talent Pools Job automation is picking up speed, displacing workers and creating hidden talent pools in the process. It is well known that jobs in some fields are disappearing or have already been retired as a result of machines.  As we discussed earlier, this is not a new trend.  A recent…

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How Confident are You About Applicant Screening?

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A report recently released through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) suggests HR professionals are not all that thrilled with entry-level applicant screening processes. The Joyce Foundation funded a study to find out what skills are most important for the hiring of entry-level candidates.  The foundation also wanted to know more about common recruiting…

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Negotiating in HR – Bolster Your Bargaining Power

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“You Say Tomato…I Say…” How Similarity Might Count More than Being Nice During Negotiations Whether you are negotiating salary, corporate reorganization, or a sale, effective negotiation skills are critical.  A new study points out that negotiating success may have more to do with personality than talking points. Common sense dictates that when you need to…

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Time off? Go Ahead—Take the Month

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Summertime—a great time to kick back, read a book, and relax.  How about some time off?  How about an entire month? Sound fun—or crazy?  While taking a month off may seem like the next big perk, it could actually put your company ahead in innovation, problem-solving, and retention. In 2016, Glassdoor offered survey results for…

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Personality Characteristics of Your Workforce Impact Success

What’s Your Sign? Introvert or Extrovert? The personality characteristics of your workforce have an impact on the success of your company. The dynamics of any enterprise or small team are influenced by the personality features at play.  Many productivity gurus have their own rating systems and vocabularies to categorize the leader, the helpers, the visionaries,…

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Five-Year Plan — Who Has It? A Focus on the Future

In theory, HR units and employees have a five-year plan.  But how important is a five-year plan and what does it mean in a chronically unstable marketplace? The answer is very. Planning is a great thing.  Having a blueprint for life or business is a fine idea.  As a tabletop exercise, employment planning cannot be…

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Middle-Skill Workers: The Backbone of Company Work Teams

Hire Education:  What Do Your Candidates Really Need?  Is it possible that the right candidate for your company or your client might not have a college degree? We all know that a college degree equates to a higher income later in life, right?  For years, the media has reported the benefits of higher education, which…

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Flash Teams — Recruiting for Pop Up Companies

Flash Drive—Recruiting for Pop Up Companies Pop up stores, mobs, and restaurants—they’re all momentarily here and gone. The current economy favors projects that can scale up fast, get the job done, and dissolve with a profit.  The same now applies for so-called “temporary organizations.” A recent New York Times piece describes pop-up organizations as an…

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The Value of Perks in the Workplace

Perks can make or break a job offer.  But perks are not a one-size-fits all proposition.  Depending on the life stage of your employee—or your workforce—different perks work for different folks. In a recruiting marketplace that continues to tighten, businesses of all size are looking for ways to improve their competitive edge.  Some more expensive…

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