Not Getting Enough Applicants? Review Your Application!
by Kate Hadaway Recently, my 18-year old stepdaughter went to apply for a job. She has graduated high school so has a fairly free schedule and has previous work experience at one other job in a fast-food restaurant. Needless to say, she would be a great candidate for many of… Read More
We Hired a Remote Worker. How Can We Ensure a Smooth Onboarding Experience?
Recruiting and hiring talent and ensuring a smooth onboarding process to welcome and assimilate them to your company culture and connect them with existing workers was already challenging prior to the pandemic. Now those problems seem to pale in comparison to the issues we face in the ongoing time of… Read More
Return to Work: Strategies for a Safe and Productive Workforce
Photo by LinkedIn Sales Navigator from Pexels As unemployment benefits shrink and businesses navigate the task of reopening, many workers are returning to work for the first time since the start of shutdowns in March. All too many of them are also struggling with fears of possible workplace exposures as… Read More
New Year, New Strategy: “Stay Interviews” to Avoid “Exit Interviews”
We all keep hearing about the highly-competitive wars for talent in today’s job market. Quit rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide a visual demonstration of this story (see chart below). Until an employer is directly impacted, though, it always seems to be someone else’s problem. The point quickly… Read More
The New 2020 Form W-4 Is Available and It’s a Whole Lot Different
On December 5th, the IRS released its much anticipated new Form W-4 for 2020. There are some very significant changes to the new form that are intended to aid taxpayers in more accurately determining their appropriate withholding amounts for federal taxes from their paychecks in accordance with the 2017 Tax… Read More
Boomerang Employees: Catch Them on Their Return or Let Them Pass?
In the current market where talent is hard to come by, would you and should you consider returning employees? Whether you call them boomerang employees or comeback kids, everyone has a different take on whether or not hiring back an ex-employee is a good idea or a bad one. In… Read More
Today’s Lesson: Youth Employment Recruiting and Compliance
With Memorial Day having marked the unofficial start of summer, many employers are hoping to benefit from an influx in the availability of minor employees at the close of the school year to help fill seasonal jobs and/or entry-level roles for which it has been difficult to find available candidates… Read More
6 Tips for Recruiting in the World of Skilled Labor Shortages
While a low unemployment rate can create a great boost for the economy and thus strong business growth, for many employers it also translates to trouble in finding enough workers to keep up with growing business demands. After decades of pushing would-be workers entering the workforce toward a career paths… Read More
10 Tips to Make a Great First Impression When Onboarding New Employees
Congratulations! In today’s competitive labor market, after a harrowing recruitment process, you have succeeded in attracting an ideal candidate to join your team. After such a significant investment of time and resources, ensuring a successful employee onboarding experience is beneficial to both your new employee and your company as… Read More
Don’t Include These 5 Questions on Your Job Applications
by Jennifer Kretovic, SHRM-CP, PHR Like most, I read industry articles related to the work I do. In my case, I read about trends in HR, particularly those directly related to the technology projects I am constructing for clients here at Checkmate Workforce Solutions. Last… Read More