The ABC’s of Employing Generations X, Y and Z

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The face of our workforce is changing: Generation Xers are rapidly assuming essential leadership roles. Millennials, or Gen Y workers, are being groomed for management. And Generation Z? They’re just starting to enter the workforce. As a manager (especially, ahem, a more “mature” one), you might feel like you need to go back to school… Read more

This Valentine’s Day, Skip the Chocolate (give your candidates this, instead!)

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You know the score. With job opportunities becoming more abundant, competition for the best workers is hotter than it’s been in years. To hire the best people, show your candidates a little “love.” Use these tips from Berks & Beyond to improve your recruiting process – and your hiring results – by giving candidates the… Read more

Now You See ‘Em…Now You Don’t: Tips for developing and KEEPING millennial employees

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We have a problem. More specifically, we have a millennial retention problem. Change-tolerant and used to managing their own careers, millennials are more likely than previous generations to “job hop.” In fact, changing jobs every few years is one of the primary ways this group fuels their career progression. And with job prospects continuing to… Read more

Smarter HR: 5 tips for compliant background checks

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Want to prevent legal problems and hire smarter? What employer doesn’t! Creating a consistent, compliant background check process is a great way to start. In decades past, background checks were a fairly straightforward process. New laws and an extremely vigilant Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), however, have made the process more risky and cumbersome. So… Read more

Pick up the Phone!

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Texting, email, online chat, IMs and social media have made it easier than ever to communicate.  Today, it’s possible to have an entire conversation without ever seeing or hearing the person you’re “talking” to. But the easiest way to communicate is not always the right way.  Here are a few cases in which it’s best… Read more

Are Your Criminal Background Checks Legal?

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Hiring decisions are critical to your company’s success.  Logically, you should do everything in your power to make sure your candidates are upstanding, law-abiding citizens with spotless criminal records, right? Maybe, maybe not. While it may be reasonable for you to not want to hire an axe murderer, you need to be careful about your… Read more

More Tips to Improve Your Hiring in 2012

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  effective interview methods significantly increase your odds of hiring a top performer. But just how, exactly, do you do this? A few months back, I posted Five Tips to Help Improve Your Hiring Process to get you started.  As promised in that post, here are a… Read more

Upwardly Mobile in HR?

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Looking to climb the corporate ladder in human resources? It turns out that “soft skills” – things like leadership ability, cross-cultural competence and interpersonal expertise – are now just as essential as traditional skills and experience for HR professionals looking to advance their careers. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get a… Read more

Employee Training on a Budget: Low-Cost Ideas for Developing Employees

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“To train or not to train?” That is certainly not the question when it comes to your staff.  To remain competitive, ongoing employee education is important for many reasons: It keeps you and your staff on the cutting edge of your industry. It keeps your employees motivated, interested and innovative. It increases efficiency levels, while… Read more

Workplace Diversity Tips for Pennsylvania Employers

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Discrimination on the job occurs every day. It’s a harsh reality, but factors such as age, race, gender, sexual preference and religious affiliation still influence hiring, promotion and daily interaction in the workplace.  For these reasons and others, promoting diversity in the workplace is a vital endeavor: It helps organizations actively identify and remove barriers… Read more