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Is Asking About a Candidate’s Past Salary History?

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Workers consider a lot of factors when it comes to finding the right job fit.  Job-seekers want to join a company with a mission and purpose they can get behind, a collaborative and engaging work environment, flexibility, community and social engagement, good wellness, health and welfare benefits, and other perks that make their lives easier and save them time.  However, salary is still one of the largest considerations, so it’s crucial for you to get it right. Asking job candidates about their salary history has generally been viewed by human resources professionals and hiring managers as a mere formality.  However,…

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Don’t Let Summer Days Drift Away!

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Summer is in full stride, and while it’s easy to enjoy the sunny skies, it is even easier for employees to lose their focus. This is the best time to break out some tactics to help keep your employees on task. Consider these five great ways to keep your employees engaged during the summertime. 1.   Vacation One of the best ways to keep your employees engaged while they are at work is to encourage them to make the most of their allocated vacation time. Some employees may feel as though they will be looked down upon or replaced if they…

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The Uber Problem

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The continued controversy surrounding Uber over the past few months finally reached a boiling point. CEO Travis Kalanick recently revealed that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his role at the company, but subsequently resigned, which is ultimately in the best interest of the company’s future success. Kalanick’s track record of fostering and enabling a harsh, competitive, and sexually aggressive work environment — at least 215 allegations of sexual harassment have been reported by Uber employees — seems to have caught up to him and his leadership team.  His announcement comes as a result of a…

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Should Your Business Consider Unlimited PTO?

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Summer is here, which means peak vacation season – surf’s up!  Increasingly, companies are offering unlimited PTO to their employees, but is it right for YOUR business? The answer is dependent on your company strategy, culture, and the make-up of your workforce. Unlimited PTO is generally a better fit for knowledge-based workers (those who develop or use knowledge for a living, and include positions in marketing, programming, research, policy, compliance, writing, etc.) and project-focused employees.  It generally doesn’t work as well with hourly-paid employees, line positions within manufacturing, customer-facing and customer service-related roles.  If your staff is comprised primarily of…

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