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Actions to combat the rise in positive drug tests

A new analysis shows that the rate of positive drug tests for the U.S. workforce rose to a 14-year high in 2018. The increase raises difficult questions for employers concerned about maintaining drug-free workplaces and preventing drug-caused workplace accidents in the face of the increasing use of  recreational and medical marijuana and the opioid drug… Read More

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Five Questions to Screen for Emotional Intelligence

Many clients and readers have asked me for a simple list of questions to use while screening for emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has been shown by research to be the secret sauce for selecting executives, first level managers, and customer facing employees who will succeed – it’s even more important than high IQ. (For more… Read More

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What is better than intelligence for job performance?

I know several CEOs who want to always hire the smartest person they could find for leadership roles. Unfortunately, they were making costly mistakes. High intelligence is only one of several factors for recruiters and hiring managers to consider when choosing among candidates and for executives and talent leaders to consider when deciding whom to… Read More

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It Is Time to Hack Recruiting!

When HR and recruiters used to speak about technology, it meant an applicant tracking system or whether to post jobs on digital job boards or social media. Now, however, powerful digitization technologies have found their way to recruiting and are dramatically changing the landscape. HR now has the same technologies that have been used by… Read More

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Digitization Comes to HR!

Human Resources executives now have access to digital tools that have empowered cancer specialists to make breakthroughs. These same tools have also helped marketing organizations find new customers, attract them to the company’s brand, and build relationships with them. These tools will disrupt how HR recruits, develops strategic talent pools, identifies job competencies, conducts benefits… Read More

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Five steps to attract women to your jobs

The rise in female participation in the workforce — double the increase in male participation — is helping employers fill job vacancies in the tight US labor market. The percentage of prime-age women who are in the labor force climbed to 75.8% at the close of 2018, which is a full two percentage points higher… Read More

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It is time to recruit America’s forgotten workforces.

Are you struggling to find job candidates for entry-level job openings? It  is time to consider America’s forgotten workers—  the formally incarcerated and those with disabilities, including autism. A recent and insightful article in The Wall Street Journal illustrates the success of people who have a high functioning form of autism. One is Nathan Mort… Read More

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Companies are innovating with health care to cut costs and improve recruiting and retention

Something is afoot in health care. Large companies such as General Motors are abandoning health care insurance and are directly contracting with large health care providers to reduce costs while keeping quality standards. Smaller employers are using innovative health care providers that offer health care for as low as half the cost of conventional health… Read More

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Six strategies to recruit a Veteran workforce of 240,000

This week the US recognizes and thanks veterans for their sacrifice and service to the United States. It is a great time to assess your own veteran recruiting program, or if you don’t have one, to start one up. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the unemployment rate for veterans in October 2018 was… Read More

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Try the No. 1 non-pay benefit that saves you money!

A CEO exclaimed that she could not compete with the higher-than-average pay and benefits of large employers. “What can I do?” she asked. I told her she should offer flexible work arrangements to her employees who did most of their work through a computer. This would help her attract more employees, increase productivity, improve employee… Read More