Remote Hiring in a Hurry? You Don’t Need to Sacrifice Quality and Best Fit.

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Apr 10, 2020 3:47:01 PM right

The coronavirus pandemic has changed so many aspects of daily life, including dramatically shifting the way Americans shop. This has many businesses scrambling to rapidly adjust to the new reality. With many retailers shutting down, consumers continue to require items from pharmacies, grocery stores, take-out restaurants and other essential goods. For many industries, there is a pressing need to hire more workers and fast. 

In sectors such as, shipping and delivery, online learning, grocery and delivery services, and remote meeting and communications companies, high volume hiring is paramount. However, these businesses face an added challenge of doing so remotely, often with no personal contact due to the coronavirus.

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Performance Management

Five Tips to Manage Remote Work with Kids

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Apr 6, 2020 5:19:20 PM right

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, at least 69,000 schools across the U.S. have been closed or are scheduled to close, according to Education Week. At the same time, businesses across the country are moving to remote working in attempts to increase social distancing. Suddenly, without much preparation, many workers are now adjusting to new ways of working and connecting – with the additional burden of caring for children and managing virtual learning. 

As workers try to manage their new virtual work environment and home life here are 5 tips to help overcome potential challenges.

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Performance Management

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Transitioning to Remote Work

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Apr 1, 2020 11:07:04 AM right

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is prompting a wide range of employers to request employees to work from home, but many workers are simply not experienced in working virtually. In fact, as of 2018, only 24% of U.S. employees did some or all of their work at home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers spend more time in the workplace – 7.9 hours – than they did working at home – 2.9 hours. 

A COVID-19 remote-work preparedness survey also found remote work is far from commonplace for many workers and their managers. Nearly half (49%) of workers surveyed said they never work from home. Transitioning work teams to remote work will present some challenges to managers and business leaders. To ensure a smooth and effective transition to virtual work and teams, here are 3 common mistakes that managers should avoid. 

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Performance Management

Six Mistakes to Avoid When Transitioning to Remote Work

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Mar 26, 2020 4:25:35 PM right

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is fundamentally altering the way many organizations operate as organizations around the country are sending workers home to work remotely. That means, for a great many people, working virtually is a new reality. As corporate leaders, managers and individual workers make this sudden shift, it’s critical to maintain productivity, ease anxiety and continue to collaborate effectively. 

With that said, there are smart ways and not-so-smart ways to approach remote work. To ensure a smooth and effective transition to virtual work and teams, here are 6 common mistakes that individuals and managers should avoid. 

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Performance Management

Strategies for Managing Existing – or Unexpected – Virtual Teams

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Mar 23, 2020 3:19:19 PM right

For many of the millions of Americans being asked to work from home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, working virtually with team members may be a novel event. Managers and HR leaders will need to find ways to keep their virtual workers and teams motivated and maintaining performance levels, whether the virtual team is out of necessity right now or by design. 

Having worked with organizations across the country to build highly effective virtual teams, and with our own network of coaches that work virtually, here are several strategies to implement within your virtual teams to ensure business continuity and success. 

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Performance Management

The Relevancy (or Lack of) Resumes in Hiring

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Mar 16, 2020 10:34:11 AM right

Ever wonder why resumes are still a part of most hiring processes? Are they even relevant anymore? The answer is yes… and no. It’s complicated. Here’s why – their relevance has shifted in today’s business environment. While traditionally resumes were used as the primary “selling tool” for candidates vying for a job, today they mainly serve as a digital footprint so hiring managers can find candidates – i.e. it makes candidates “searchable.” 

Yet, many would argue that is where the value of resumes comes to a halt. Here are a few of the reasons why:

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Topics: Performance Management, HR Analytics

Avoid These 3 Common Pitfalls to Data-Driven Talent Management

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Mar 11, 2020 10:20:45 AM right

With the advancements in data collection and analytics, more and more HR departments are taking a data-driven approach to talent management and harnessing the power of hard facts and numbers. The reality is talent management can be very subjective, relying on gut feelings or opinions when judging future potential, leadership capability or selecting best fit candidates. Utilizing data to remove bias and inconsistency in these practices has become the new, better standard.

However, while data-driven talent management offers enormous potential in more effective people related decision making, it can pose several challenges. Here are 3 pitfalls to avoid when considering a data-driven talent management initiative:

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Topics: Performance Management, HR Analytics

The Fit Factor in Employee Disengagement

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Feb 19, 2020 11:45:00 AM right

Nearly 30% of employees aren’t engaged at work, and some of those are actively disengaged – meaning they intentionally damage what others have built. While the cost of disengagement can be as much as 34% of an employee’s salary, it also impacts your ability to attract top talent, voluntary turnover rates, stress and low morale among other employees and customer satisfaction. Clearly, worker engagement should be a serious business concern.

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Coaching and Training, Performance Management

Why You Should Blur the Line Between HR and L&D

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Feb 11, 2020 1:17:08 PM right

With an ever-increasing demand for skilled workers in America, to the tune of 7 million open jobs, it is evident we lack the talent supply to meet current hiring needs across most sectors. A massive skills gap is projected to leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion, according to Deloitte

At the same time, we are in one of the most challenging environments in U.S. history given not only the speed at which disruption caused by technology is affecting the workplace, but also the acceleration in the pace of change. Navigating this landscape requires businesses to equip current and future workers with the skills necessary to take on new roles and to help upskill existing workers to offset talent shortages.  

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Topics: Team Dynamics, Coaching and Training, Performance Management

5 Top Benefits of HR Predictive Analytics

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Feb 4, 2020 1:05:30 PM right

The growing technological capabilities to capture, track and measure talent-related data have presented tremendous opportunities to better combine the scientific and the human aspect of HR to build a workforce that is efficient and high performing. In fact, a report by Oracle revealed that HR uses analytics more than any other vertical, outdoing even finance.

Predictive analytics has taken the raw potential of reams of data and turns it into predictive insights which are actionable across nearly every aspect of HR – from talent acquisition, performance and productivity to upskilling. Here are 5 of the top benefits of using predictive analytics in the HR function:

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Topics: Performance Management, HR Analytics

What's Missing From Today's Executive Onboarding Program

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 23, 2020 4:19:44 PM right

According to a new global study, the majority of U.S. executives received no formal workplace onboarding in their most recent roles. Furthermore, when it comes to grading onboarding experiences on a scale of 1 to 100, executives in the U.S. rate theirs as mediocre with an average score of 59.

After investing heavily in recruiting and hiring a new member of an executive team, many organizations fail to maximize that investment when ineffective onboarding leads to dissatisfaction, poor performance or turnover. In fact, almost 60% of executives report it took them six months – and close to 20% said it took more than nine months – to have a full impact in their new roles.

While you can’t control every aspect that factors into an executives’ performance and longevity in a role, implementing a robust, data-driven onboarding program can greatly improve your odds. Considering executive failures can cost up to 40 times the base salary of leaders, which can translate to a multi-million-dollar mistake, HR leaders can’t afford to ignore the critical necessity for effective onboarding.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

Two Critical Factors in the Effective Use of Talent Assessments

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 15, 2020 2:55:56 PM right

More and more of the world’s leading organizations are utilizing talent assessments to better inform hiring decisions and drive more effective employee development. In fact, 82% of companies are using some form of skill assessment tests today. There is little doubt that the use of talent assessments in the hiring and development process will continue to grow, particularly given the recruitment challenges in today’s market and the import of finding best fit hires.

As HR leaders look to these vital tools to improve their HR process, there are two critical considerations when choosing and implementing a talent assessment solution.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

It's a New Decade, Has Your Hiring Strategy Evolved?

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Jan 3, 2020 11:51:31 AM right

As we enter a brand-new decade, what better time to evolve your hiring practices and strategy to meet the new requirements of the modern day? The fact is businesses have never done as much hiring as they do today or spent as much money doing it. Yet, most aren't doing as good of a job hiring the right candidates the first time.

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Topics: assessments, competency assessments, talent integration, Talent Assessments, hiring, Performance Management

Mentoring Matters: How to Get Started

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Dec 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM right

Almost every successful professional has had a trusted mentor to help them chart a new course for their career, to guide and inspire them. For individuals, studies show that good mentoring can lead to greater career success, including promotions, raises and increased opportunities.

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Topics: talent integration, high-performers, Coaching and Training, Performance Management, Mentoring

Give and You Shall Receive, or Will You? The Art of Receiving Feedback

Posted by Kathi Graham-Leviss on Dec 3, 2019 1:21:14 PM right

Famous author Ken Blanchard says, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” but the value of feedback is only realized if the person on the receiving end truly acknowledges what is shared. Often, business and HR leaders focus heavily on the ways in which they can effectively provide feedback to others, which is certainly an important component of performance development. However, the second part of the equation – the ability to effectively receive that feedback – is very often overlooked.

Arguably, the ability to take feedback to heart is even more difficult than the art of delivering it. Why? Because inherent in receiving feedback are several “personal” triggers that can influence how each of us perceives feedback, particularly in the workplace. And, many of us are triggered to ignore, become defensive or even anger at the hint of criticism or constructive feedback due to the way in which the person communicates or behaves when providing the feedback. 

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Topics: talent integration, Performance Management, Performance Review