AI and ML to Put the Human Back in Human Resources!

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) continue to be the topic of discussion in 2019, what does this mean for the recruiting process and human resources applications? The hope is simple; that if recruiters and human resources professionals can free up their time from performing the tedious, time consuming activities associated with narrowing down and locating talent, they can focus on building and strengthening the relationships with their potential hires.

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Top US Cities for Job Satisfaction!

In need of a change of scenery or looking to head down a new career path in 2019? While wages and location can be key factors in determining where you may end up, job satisfaction should also be taken into account. Considering the average worker spends around 30% of their lives at work, the expectation should be to at least somewhat enjoy what you do for a living.

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As in Management and in Life, Anger is Not the Answer!

We’ve all had them; managers or supervisors that struggle with anger management issues, those who can’t handle stressful situations and those who tend to take out their frustrations on their employees. It is also no surprise that any one of these characteristics in the workplace can be detrimental to the health and well being of individuals and the team as a whole.

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New Year, New Recruitment Strategy? What To Keep In Mind!

With 2019 officially underway, the talk this time of year is new year’s resolutions, strategy updates and business improvements. While unemployment remains low and the labor shortage continues to span various industries, Recruiters and Hiring Managers need to be vigilant in keeping with the potential trends of the new year.

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How Awareness and Early Education Can Combat the Construction Labor Shortage!

It is no surprise to anyone in the skilled trades industry that we are in the middle of a very serious and real labor shortage. In fact, according to timesunion.com, 80% of US based construction companies surveyed are experiencing problems in finding qualified workers, mainly hourly skilled trades workers. Just within the state of NY, 79% of companies stated having issues locating hourly workers, according to the Associated General Contractors of America;s 2018 Workforce Survey.

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So You Were Ghosted as an Employer…What To Do Now?

One of the biggest fears of any hiring Manager or Recruiter is having your new hire ghost you on their first day on the job. Unfortunately, day 1 arrives and your hopeful new employee is no where to be found, no call, no text, no email…nothing! What happens now?

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Don’t get too discouraged or be hard on yourself. Unfortunately, although this type of behavior is frowned upon and can be considered to be in poor taste, recently ghosting an employer has become a part of the hiring landscape. It all started with candidates just not showing up for interviews and has since escalated into straight up not showing up for their first day of employment. Unfortunately, this new behavior can, in fact, hurt a company’s bottom line. With the cost of recruiting continually on the rise, what can an employer do if and when this happens to them?

  • Sit back, take a breath and look over the hiring process. Was there something within your hiring process that may have deterred the candidate? Was the candidate frustrated or anxious at any point or were they strung along for too long? While it can be easy and human nature to automatically place blame on the candidate, sometimes the underlying reason could fall back on the company itself. However, in such a tight job market, keep in mind that it could have come down to something as simple as they got a better offer.
  • Don’t stop recruiting: Even if you feel like you have a candidate lined up and ready to start, you should continuously keep recruiting. It is never a bad idea to have a few candidates within an arm’s reach should you need it. Also, it is highly likely that you interviewed and screened more than just one candidate. Take a look back at your previous applicants and see if there are any worth a second look before starting the process over.
  • Simply move on: In the event that you or your company is ghosted, you may never know the true reason as to why that individual never showed up. Taking solace in this, you have to keep the hiring process moving forward. Work on any kinks in on-boarding and improve the relationships that your Recruiters are building with the candidates. It is in these relationships that candidates will begin to feel vested with your company and less likely to vanish, without a trace.

It is rather unfortunate that ghosting is infiltrating the workplace and most likely a culture shift could be to blame. However, that doesn’t mean that your company can’t arm itself to better prepare and even prevent ghosting from occurring within your organization. Make the necessary changes, updates and improvements to your hiring process to secure a prospective employee’s faith in your company and how they fit into it.

The Trillium brand of companies is privately owned by René Poch and provides more than 30 years of industry leading recruitment and staffing services through its divisions including: Trillium Staffing, Trillium Construction Services, Trillium Driver Solutions, Trillium Marine, Trillium Technical, Trillium Environmental, Trillium Hospitality and Trillium Techs. With approximately 98 offices nationwide and nearly 400 internal recruitment professionals, the Trillium brand is proud to be recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Top 25 Largest Industrial Staffing Firm in the U.S., a Top 100 Largest Staffing Firm in the U.S., a Top 100 Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in the U.S., and a winner of National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. For more information please visit www.trilliumstaffing.com.

 

Importance of Work-Life Harmony, Not Necessarily Balance

The phrase “work-life balance” tends to get thrown around a lot in today’s job market as a crucial and integral part of what job seekers are looking for in a career. However, according to Time.com and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos puts it, he isn’t a fan of the phrase at all. The word balance inherently gives the idea of there being a trade-off associated with your work life and your home life. According to Bezos, this should never be the case if you are to be successful and happy in all aspects of your life.

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Holiday Office Parties and Get-Togethers, Yay or Nay?

With the holidays in full swing, the question remains; to throw or not to throw an office party? Luckily, there are fun and cost effective options out there that may still help in boosting moral and building camaraderie amongst co-workers if and when an offsite party is not feasible.

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Offer is Made! Your job is done, right? Wrong!

A new study conducted by CareerBuilder.com shows that over 50% of applicants continue searching for a new position even after the offer is made! In working with SilkRoad Technology and the Harris Poll, Careerbuilder surveyed 1,138 hiring Managers and 1,100 employees this past summer. The findings were quite enlightening.

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The Gig Economy May Not Be Living Up to the Hype!

According to a new report released by the Labor Department, the gig economy is actually slightly smaller than it used it be. What does this mean? Simply put, there are less workers today considering themselves in contingent or temporary positions overall. Even with all of the hype surrounding non-traditional work including freelancing, the results indicate that within the last 20 years, the US economy has remained largely unchanged in this regard. Ultimately, the report is finding that workers, although they may accept contingent or temporary work for the time being, would still prefer something long term.

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