4 Reasons Employees Quit (and What to Do About It)

July 6th, 2017

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, American workers are not saying in their current jobs until retirement. While the average length of employment varies based on the job duties and title. There are multiple reasons that employees quit. More than ever before, employee satisfaction is becoming an important topic for managers and business owners. And it is as important to know why your employees are choosing to leave as it is to determine retention programs to keep them. Here are some of the most common reasons employees leave their jobs and what you can do to overcome it.

1. A lack of connection.

Employee loyalty doesn’t have to be a relic of the 1950s. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your team feels a connection to your corporate culture. Learn what makes your employees tick as individuals. Get to know them. Then help them understand how their unique skills fit with your overall company culture. Once they have a sense of belonging, they are bound to be loyal to your brand.

2. No challenge or motivation.

While you’ve hired each employee to be a very specific cog in a very complex machine, no one is happy doing the same tasks over and over again. They need to feel challenged. And you can provide that for them. Create milestones for achievement. Allow them to have creative control over aspects of their job. Find out what motivates them and reward accordingly. Some companies also cross train so everyone can feel a sense of variety in their work.

3. No clear career path.

Of course, one of the most common reasons a person leaves a job is to advance their careers. They may not see any upward mobility in their current job. While you may not be able to promote everyone in your organization to an executive level position, there are ways to provide advanced career opportunities throughout the business. Demonstrate the long-term career viability on your team.

4. They’re stressed or bored.

Happiness is essential to personal satisfaction. And there is ample evidence that stress in the workplace is the cause of multiple medical conditions, like heart disease. If someone feels that stress is far too overwhelming, they may look for a less stressful environment. The opposite is also true. If someone is bored and not having fun on the job, they will be less likely to remain loyal and look for a place that puts more emphasis on enjoyment.

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Best Practices for Bilingual Testing During Hiring

May 18th, 2017

Do you have an open position for a bilingual professional? There are many cases, especially in customer service or other client-facing positons, where skills with another language will be imperative. But what considerations do you need to make when hiring someone who is bilingual? Before you make a hiring decision, think through some of the ways to ensure you’re using the best hiring practices to make the best choice for your company

The best way to use testing.

The first step is to find a testing product that works best for you and your company’s hiring process. But keep in mind that it is important to review the quality of the tests and use a product considered validated to help avoid hiring bias in your final choices. Testing should always be reviewed objectively to avoid making unnecessary connections with incorrect information. If you use online testing, talk with the testing provider about ways they avoid testing fraud.

Utilize a staffing partner.

One possible solution for testing is to work with a staffing agency to provide the pre-employment screening necessary to determine if a candidate is qualified for your open position. They can provide the testing needed to determine the level of language proficiency for each candidate. They can also give you the results in a way to allow you to make an unbiased selection while knowing the most important information.

Consider the pay rates.

When you make the hiring decision, there are some other aspects that are worth considering. For instance, have you thought about a premium pay rate for individuals who bring bilingual skills to the table? There may be a reason to pay slightly more for these candidates as you can make use of their extensive skills for success in the position. Review resources like Salary.com to determine the best pay rate for bilingual employees in that position.

Implement strong onboarding.

It is also important that you utilize appropriate onboarding and training techniques to ensure all expectations are being met. Does your new hire need more training to avoid preventable workplace conflict over incorrect translations? Do you need to make sure they are comfortable in their position and understand all the necessary information when it comes to discussing information with employees and customers in two different languages?

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3 Lies to Ignore When Making a Hiring Decision

September 22nd, 2016

Hiring is hard, there is no doubt about that. It can be an imperfect science since your role as a hiring manager is to evaluate whether or not a person you’ve never met before will be a good long-term fit for your organization. Because of all the uncertainty involved in hiring, there is also a lot of advice provided by anyone who has ever done it before. Some of this so-called perfect advice can be deceiving, so be careful to follow anything that is said to be fool-proof. Here are the top three lies about hiring that you should ignore.

1. You can learn everything you need from a resume.

Many hiring managers assume a resume is a complete picture of a candidate. Yet, candidates are specifically advised not to put every last piece of information on a resume. Consider that most people have enough experience in their lives to fill a book, not just two pages of bullet points. A resume is just an introduction, and hiring managers would do well to use it for that purpose. Use it to determine if someone is generally qualified for your role. Use some of their accomplishments to decide if they might be a fit for your company. Then pick up the phone. Talk to the candidate about what they’ve done and, more importantly, who they are as a person.

2. Hiring a passive candidate is better than an active one.

There is also a bias in HR and staffing that the holy grail of perfect employees is someone still working. That’s a passive candidate. A person who is currently employed and not looking for a new position. Which means they need to be recruited away from their good job to work for you. If they are so easily swayed, will they do the same to you in the future for a better offer? An active candidate is someone who is looking for a new job either due to unemployment or dissatisfaction. They are people willing to be proactive about their careers. If you decide to only hire one or the other, you could be missing out on some great working relationships.

3. There is no such thing as a perfect hire.

Yes, it is possible to find an individual who checks all your boxes. They exist, but they may not take the form you’re expecting. A perfect hire isn’t someone who is a clone of your successful individuals. They aren’t someone who reminds you of you earlier in your career. A perfect candidate can take many forms, the important part is to be open to different kinds of perfection. You can hold out for someone you think is perfect for your open job, but understand that you may be rejecting other perfect candidates along the way and not even know it.

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