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

January 19, 2018

How Diversity in the Workplace Creates Positive Change

The push for diversity in many industries remains in the foreground of social activism today. Apart from the obvious moral duty employers have to encourage diversity as well as the anti-discrimination legislation that regulates workforces, there are significant benefits to a diverse workplace for employers and employees.

November 03, 2017

Old Dogs and New Tricks: Why Constant Training is Key

It’s a sad reality that companies offering training to their mature-aged workers are seen as being progressive. The best thing for business is to have constant training across the board without ignoring older employees.

August 15, 2017

The Employer Benefits of Unlimited Vacation Days

The policy of unlimited vacation days is becoming increasingly popular beyond its Silicon Valley roots. There are many benefits to this approach of HR management (as well as some downfalls) on the side of the employee. However, there are also advantages to the employer as well.

July 25, 2017

Three Things to Remember When Managing a Remote Workforce [Infographic]

Ongoing studies conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management this year revealed that more than 60 percent of surveyed organizations allow some sort of telecommuting. This figure is up from the 20 percent that was uncovered in 1996. Below are three things to bear in mind when managing a remote team.

May 17, 2017

Employee Engagement: An Undervalued Investment for Financial Services Leaders

The results of a new survey of financial services employees are in—and the implications are clear. The industry must prioritize employee engagement and workplace culture to attract and retain talent. Most respondents identified features other than pay as characteristics of attractive workplaces.

June 28, 2016

Len Frankel, Abacus Co-Founder, Participates in Employee Engagement Panel

two-ten-hr-summit-abacusIn early June, Abacus Group co-founding partner Len Frankel  shared his employee management expertise on a panel at Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s annual HR Summit. Attended by various Human Resources executives, the dialogue explored the idea that increasing the bottom line requires more than a strategic product assortment and excellent customer service; strong employee engagement, too, can lead to greater fiscal results.

March 10, 2014

Detect an Impending Resignation: Five Employee Qualities to Watch

exit-resignationAn employee resignation is rarely a pleasant occurrence. There are some definitive warning signs that can arm an employer with a head start on filling the vacancy or, if deemed appropriate, engage the employee in an attempt to change his or her mind. Here are five characteristics you will typically notice in an employee who’s getting ready to look elsewhere or is actively interviewing for new positions.

February 12, 2014

“Stay Interview” Temp-to-Hire Employees, Too

The concept of the “stay interview” has received a lot of attention in Recruiting & Staffing and Human Resources in the past year.  With retention challenges expected to prevail per intensified competition among employers, the stay interview will certainly remain highly chattered about in 2014. If you’re unacquainted, stay interviewing refers to the practice of holding periodic one-on-one employer-supervisor meetings to discuss performance, address concerns and provide an overall sense of direction.

December 02, 2013

Annual Performance Reviews and the Broken Feedback Loop

As 2013 winds down, many supervisory professionals are preparing for a not-so-popular managerial ritual: employee performance reviews.  Such formal discussions of goals, expectations and areas for improvement – held once a year – are, in theory, pretty purposeful.  Unfortunately, in certain cases, the annual performance review is the only circumstance of manager-employee feedback, with the remainder of the year condemned to aloofness, mistrust and a general lack of direction.

August 21, 2013

Low Employee Engagement: More than Just Job Dissatisfaction


Earlier this summer, Gallup’s State of the American Workplace declared that 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged in their jobs. Following the report’s publication, the statistic received extensive press coverage, perhaps with insufficient acknowledgement of its alarming implications.  The many corresponding news headlines, which mostly condensed the Gallup study’s principal finding to statements about the majority of workers “hating their jobs,” make the figure seem trivial without further investigation.