Blog posts within the category "For HR Professionals"

Respond to an ICE Audit with Confidence

Respond to an ICE Audit with Confidence
Hundreds of people in Minnesota were fired after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audit turned up a substantial number of illegal workers at a chain restaurant around the state. This sweep reflects a nation-wide trend of increased enforcement. While this probe has been high-profile news, most other audits have been part of what many people are calling the Obama administrations’ “quiet immigration raid” policy. Unlike dramatic raids of the past, ICE has been less focused on prosecuting the individual illegal workers and more on targeting employers who are breaking the law. Case...

Is your ideal candidate a unicorn?

Is your ideal candidate a unicorn?
As we've transitioned out of the recession, recruiters have been in a unique position to watch the job market turn truly candidate-driven. At the height of the recession, companies who posted a specific opening immediately had 5 (or 500) perfect candidates at their door who had been laid off. Now, candidates have the upper hand. The best candidates are employed and paid well, or they're able to command strong counter-offers, or they're leaving for better opportunities. It's clear that the new reality has not sunk in. Often, we'll present a great candidate to a client only to hear that they'd...

Performance Reviews: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Performance Reviews: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid
To an employee, a performance review is pretty big deal—after all, it only happens once or twice a year. But to the manager or supervisor who is responsible for reviewing entire groups of employees, it can be easy to make mistakes that drastically impact the quality of the review. Here are five mistakes to avoid when giving a performance review, and some alternate ways to handle each situation. Waiting Until the Evaluation. Yes, that’s right—you can make a mistake on a performance review before it even takes place. In a...

Workforce Planning: The Strategy Behind “Strategic Staffing”

Workforce Planning: The Strategy Behind “Strategic Staffing”
A company’s annual budgeting process generally requires managers to project personnel requirements for the upcoming fiscal period. Unfortunately, this task offers little value beyond influencing the short-term allocation of corporate funds. Besides narrowly focusing on a single year, needs are typically assessed in relation to the status quo. Yet the harsh reality is that the business world is changing at a dizzying pace, and what makes sense today may not a year from now. Technology, in particular, is constantly redefining the nature of work. And despite the prevalence of the phrase “...

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