The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

September 11, 2018

Banning Work Emails Outside Office Hours: The Conversation


A 2017 study found that the average worker spent an average of eight hours a week sending emails outside of work. The average worker also checks their email or chat every 7.5 minutes. There have been talks about introducing the ban to New York City’s five boroughs whereby businesses failing to abide by the rule would face fines.

August 24, 2018

How Employers Can Better Cater for New Parents


As the culture of working mothers continues to evolve, so too do the needs of women in the workplace. In fact, the concept of family is everchanging and with these changes comes the necessity to adapt and accommodate for your employees who are affected. The onus is on the employers to create an environment that is welcoming and accommodating of new parents.

August 07, 2018

What to Do if You No Longer Want the Job or Want to Continue the Process


In a fast-paced world of hyper-communication, it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of “ghosting” has emerged in many facets of our lives. Originally the term was in reference to dating culture where an individual would all of a sudden cease communication with another. We are now seeing this behavior in a professional sphere.

July 27, 2018

Instill in Your Team the Jeff Bezos Approach to Work-life Balance


Jeff Bezos is known for a few things, his unique approach to business is certainly one of them. It goes without saying that the richest man in the world has an overwhelmingly busy schedule, yet he maintains very few meetings on his calendar, does not wake up to an alarm and always makes time to do his own dishes.

July 24, 2018

How to Come Back From a Workplace Faux Pas


Maybe it was a mistake made in an interaction with a colleague or rather you made a misstep with a client outside of your organization. The fact of the matter is that yes the faux pas says a lot about you as a professional and on a personal level, however, how you recover from it speaks volumes too.

July 17, 2018

What to do When There are Fires to put out but You Aren’t a Firefighter


It seems to be that you can’t open your browser without seeing another scandal from a multi-billion dollar company - of which you are most likely a customer. From Facebook to Uber to Papa John himself, top executives continue to make headlines and often for the wrong reasons. This begs the question of where to from here.

July 10, 2018

How to Best Hire and Retain Web Developers


It is no secret that the hiring market is tough right now for employers; moreover, it is a great time to be a web developer, either actively looking or gainfully employed. The pool of web developer talent is ever-shrinking meaning that talent may be sought from seemingly happily employed individuals.

July 06, 2018

How to make the most out of a Conference or Expo


There is a lot to be gained from expos and conferences but it’s important to note that leveraging the resources and exposure from events like these can be difficult. Below are some tips on getting the most out of conferences and exhibitions.

June 26, 2018

Takeaways from Amy Edmondson’s “How to Turn a Group of Strangers into a Team” TED Talk


“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Abraham Lincoln

June 19, 2018

What Summer Fridays can do for your Business


The tradition of summer Fridays has grown with companies offering all or part of summer Fridays off. It may seem counterproductive to offer such leniency but studies have shown that employees are actually more productive given the perk.