That Wild Card Hire


If you have been recruiting for very long, you may have made what I affectionately refer to as a “wild card” hire. This is a candidate who does not check all the boxes in the job posting or job description.  However, what they possess resonates with you at an intuitive level.  Your gut tells you they have the intellect, passion, motivation and behavior to learn […]

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Hiring Stars in a Low Unemployment Market


If you spend more than 10 minutes in a conversation with today’s business leaders and ask them to identify their top challenges, I am willing to bet that hiring qualified employees will be in their top five. As business leaders, we have experienced many changes in the employment market. Some of you may recall years when recruiting was uncomplicated and qualified candidates outnumbered the available […]

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The Employee Life Cycle…It’s not a Straight Line


In developing career pathways to meet organizational needs, Human Resource Professionals often talk about the “employee life cycle.” In simple terms, that can be described by the following illustration:       While the employee life cycle is often viewed as a straight line, I ask employers to consider how they manage the part of the employee journey that is not in a straight line. […]

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That “Special” Time of Year… Benefit Renewal


It’s that “special” time of year again…when many HR Managers, CEOs, and CFOs receive a call from their broker confirming a rate increase for their employee benefit plan. Employers and brokers alike roll up their sleeves to begin the task of reviewing benefits – looking for creative ways to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of health care. With employee retention in mind, I offer […]

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