The 5 Biggest Mistakes (Almost) Every Recruiter Makes
Matt Charney, Fistful of Talent

“Recruiting is never easy, but for some reason, many talent acquisition professionals make it somehow much harder than it really needs to be.

The fact that recruiters inherently work in silos and are largely forced to figure out the intricacies of talent sourcing and screening independently means that we tend to all make the same mistakes.

For the most part, they’re easily avoidable, but again, recruiters don’t really like to focus on what’s not working—after all, there’s too much work to do.”

SHRM Survey: Respect at Work Boosts Job Satisfaction
Kathy Gurchiek, SHRM

“Respectful treatment of all employees at all levels is the most important factor contributing to employee job satisfaction, according to the SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey. The annual survey results were released April 18 during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference & Exposition.

Other factors employees ranked as being very important to their job satisfaction included, in order of importance:

  • Overall compensation and pay. This has ranked among the top five contributors in SHRM’s survey since 2002
  • Overall benefits. This has ranked among the top five contributors nearly every year since 2002.
  • Job security. This has ranked among the top five contributors since 2002. After the Great Recession began in 2007, job security was the No. 1 factor in job satisfaction from 2008-11.
  • Opportunities to use skills and abilities and trust between employees and senior management tied for fifth place among the top contributors to job satisfaction.”

20 percent of employees would sell their passwords

“According to new research from identity management company SailPoint one in five employees would be willing to sell their work passwords to another organization, up from one in seven last year.

Of those who would sell their passwords, 44 percent would do it for less than $1,000, and some for less than $100. This is made worse by the fact that 65 percent admit to using a single password among applications and 32 percent share passwords with their co-workers.

Other findings include the worrying fact that more than two in five employees still have corporate account access after they leave their job.”

Educating Your Employees About Their Compensation
Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender

“I recently heard a speaker talk about employee pay and engagement. They said, “Misunderstood pay can be a huge distraction.” They’re absolutely right. But, misunderstanding pay is different from being disappointed or frustrated about pay. I’d like to think if an employee doesn’t understand their compensation, it can be resolved with education.”

Chasing Best Practices
Derek Irvine, Compensation Cafe

“Research from the firm PayScale may help to answer at least some of those questions, with their annual analysis of compensation trends and activity. Of particular interest, they compared the practices of average performing companies to top-performing companies, where the latter are defined as those who rank highly within their industry and exceeded revenue projections in 2015.

It turns out that high performers are more likely to provide pay increases (90% compared to 84%), bonuses (81% compared to 74%), and are also likely to leverage more of a compensation mix. High performers are also more likely to adopt a mindset in which people are valued and engage in more transparent communication around compensation.”

Pennsylvania Becomes 24th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Insurance Journal
Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law Includes Employment Protections
Philip Miles, Lawffice Space

“The gist of these provisions is that employers may not discriminate or retaliate against employees who are “certified to use medical marijuana” – not to be confused with recreational users. Employers are not required to allow marijuana use on their property or place of employment. Employers may still discipline employees who are under the influence in the workplace . . . “when the employee’s conduct falls below the standard of care normally accepted for that position.” Finally, the employer does not have to do anything that would violate federal law.”

How to Diffuse an Anger Bomb in the Workplace
Dr. Michelle Rozen, Huffington Post

“Dealing with rage from one of your co workers or employees? Handling rage in the workplace will require you to let go of any impulsive instincts that you may sense crawling up your spine, and to use your emotional intelligence. The problem is that we differ greatly from each other, not only in how we address conflict but in when we prefer to address it. Our first reaction to any situation is generally emotional. In times of conflict, this emotional reaction can take over and control the process. What’s more, there’s an instinctive “fight or flight” physical response to escalating stress, but we can use these emotional, instinctive reactions to our benefit if we use them with intelligence.”

Why Criticism Is So Tough To Swallow (And How To Make It Go Down Easier)
Caroline Webb, Fast Company

“At any given time, brains are subconsciously scanning the world around us for dangers to defend against—ready to launch a fight, flight, or freeze response that will protect us from predators or poisons. But the brain doesn’t just guard us against physical threats. Research has found that it also goes on the defensive in response to things that threaten to undermine our social standing and safety, including interactions that make us feel even mildly rejected or incompetent. Since even being glanced at askance by a stranger can be enough to trigger our defenses, you can bet that receiving critical feedback is pretty likely to spark a fight, flight, or freeze response.

That matters because when our brains are in defensive mode, studies have shown that there’s reduced activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. That’s where our most sophisticated mental machinery generally lives: the neural systems responsible for self-control, reasoning, and forethought.”

HR Quick Takes

To commemorate Equal Pay Day last week, MTV posted the video (below) “79% Work Clock: The Daily Reminder That The Wage Gap Is Real”


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