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September 17, 2019

Hosting a Company Wide Town Hall Meeting

The end of the year is the perfect time to hold a town hall meeting for your company, meaning now is the time to start planning. Regardless of how large your office is, you want to be considerate and thoughtful about the way you run the meeting so that all participants feel their voices were heard and respected.

November 14, 2017

Tick Tact Toe: Giving Feedback to Unsuccessful Candidates is no Game

Providing a good experience for candidates will benefit your firm in the long run. These pre-screened individuals with the desire to work for your company will have the means to work on their interviewing skills; making them more employable given their already evidenced skills and interest in your brand.

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.

November 15, 2013

Speak Up, Say “Thank You”: The Art of Employee Feedback

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This time of year keeps us conscious of the importance of showing gratitude – a cue from which our professional lives are certainly not exempt. It’s only fitting during Thanksgiving, then, to emphasize the significance of saying “thank you” by delivering valuable feedback to employees.

June 13, 2013

Shaping a Job to Fit Your Career

With the average job lifespan trailing five years, current employment patterns demonstrate little but stability. Among Millennial workers – who comprise about a quarter of the national workforce – typical job duration drops to just three years.  Evidently, jobs rarely turn into lifetime positions.  Over the course of one’s entire career, the median number of jobs held exceeds 10, regardless of educational attainment.

March 30, 2012

How to Turn a Job Rejection into a Learning Opportunity

A February article from The Ladders by John Batteiger provides valuable advice about an often difficult and daunting task for professionals: obtaining critical feedback from an employer after being turned down for a position. Typically, hiring managers will merely inform the unsuccessful candidate that someone else has been chosen for the role, without delving into the specific reasons for their rejection. Likewise, most candidates will accept the bad news without much further inquiry. While this submissive routine may seem like the most respectful and least painful approach to ending the application process, it certainly won’t help you improve your interview skills for the future. Although a discussion of​ what went wrong may seem challenging or even uncomfortable for you, it’s the most practical and beneficial way to conclude your application attempt.