Friday, April 18, 2014

What Goes Into an Effective New Hire Orientation Program?

How do I create an effective New Hire Orientation program?
- HR Director, Public Relations

Aside from securing advice and direction from experts in the field, your best bet is to survey your previous new hires and ask them what they learned and what they did not, when they arrived. Thereby, establishing a list of items to cover in your orientation. A mix of information on benefits, policies, company history and even logistics of your operation are all staples of a solid program.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Promoting Volunteerism Within The Company

As your business grows, you can't ignore the community, needy, etc. and expect your employees not to take notice. In fact, most businesses are charitable in some fashion but fail to make those endeavors a company event or initiative. By promoting volunteer efforts in whatever direction of your choosing, you achieve two successes - you do some good for the effort of your choice and you breed a positive feel and mood in the company.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Determining a New Employee's Base Pay

When I make a new job offer, what is the best way to determine the new employee's base pay?
- Controller, Retail Company

There are several ways to source this kind of data. Three places we recommend to look are: 1. Job Boards - What other companies are paying is typically found on these sites.
2. Headhunters - Asking your local employment agency is a great way to learn more about the competitive landscape.
3. Look at the resumes - The salary data you see before you in the resumes, that come in response to your ad, can tell you a lot about the market at hand.
Using a combination of the above will yield a well rounded set of benchmarking data.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Asking A Potential Candidate to Constructively Highlight Their Weaknesses

If you could improve two things about yourself, what would they be?

This is a great way to ask the weakness question, without directly asking it. For some candidates, it may get you a better, more honest response than just asking them their weaknesses per se. Follow ups on the responses should include asking how committed they are to improving in the areas identified, how they will do it and if they think they have attempted to address these before (and the results). Expect a good 5-10 minutes discussion from this one.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Establishing Successful Wellness Programs


It's a fact - if your employees are healthier, then it's good for business. To that end, you should look for ways to work with your broker and carriers to establish wellness programs, that promote good health. This is very easy to do as most carriers offer such programs, as part of the coverage you already receive for your employees. Contact them and inquire about programs on Exercise, Healthy Eating, Prenatal care, etc.