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Posted 04/16/2020

How to Hire During a Pandemic

All the craziness happening in the world is forcing everyone to adapt and change quickly, in order to overcome challenges that never existed before. Hiring is one of those challenges and it can be hard for companies to navigate during these uncertain times. Here are some helpful tips on how you can effectively manage your hiring process during this time and continue your hiring efforts to stay well positioned once “normal” returns. Get comfortable with Video Interviewing: In our digital age, there is no shortage of tools, including Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams and Skype, to name a few. These are…
All the craziness happening in the world is forcing everyone to adapt and change quickly, in order to overcome challenges that never existed before. Hiring…
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Posted 04/13/2018

Management’s Role in Effective Teamwork – Part I     

Everyone knows that teamwork works. A team effort allows for the workload to be shared and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. It’s a manifestation of the “many hands make light work” idiom. A productivity-enhancing, efficiency-building proposition, described by the acronym: Together Everyone Accomplishes More. And of course, management plays a vital role in the success or failure of those teams the company is counting on. Because teams work—except when they don’t. But more about that later. How does the boss/department head pull together an effective team? The fact of the matter is that not every employee has…
Everyone knows that teamwork works. A team effort allows for the workload to be shared and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. It’s…
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Posted 04/05/2018

4 Strategies – Snag the Brightest and Best of 2018 Grads

Results from the 47th annual “Recruiting Trends” survey notes the 2017-18 academic year will represent the eighth consecutive year of steady hiring expansion, the longest stretch since such stats have been tracked. “The overall hiring outlook is white-hot,” says Jeff Kauflin. While this is fantastic news for the nearly three million college students who will walk across graduation stages this spring, it’s a challenging time for recruiters and hiring managers. Will your company snag the brightest among this new crop of job candidates? What strategies will provide the best opportunity to get these eager young men and women on your…
Results from the 47th annual “Recruiting Trends” survey notes the 2017-18 academic year will represent the eighth consecutive year of steady hiring expansion, the longest…
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Posted 03/13/2018

EVP: What It Is & What It Can Do for Your Company

Are you missing out on a fab opportunity to impact just about every aspect of your business for the long-term? If you’re not familiar with or have brushed aside the re-emerging concept labeled “Employee Value Proposition”—EVP for short—then yes, you are missing out. Heralded as the solution to the talent retention dilemma in this highly competitive labor market, EVP is the definition/explanation of what an employer expects from his employees merged with what the company provides in return for the skills, capabilities, and experience this valued workforce brings to the company. “Your EVP is the value that employees gain in…
Are you missing out on a fab opportunity to impact just about every aspect of your business for the long-term? If you’re not familiar with…
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Posted 03/08/2018

Going Green – St. Patrick’s Day

Since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Association, Inc. has spearheaded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Paul. The year’s March 17 noon parade marks the 52nd spirited tribute to the area’s sizeable Irish population. Mayor Thomas Byrne led the first parade in from the Hilton Hotel (now the Radisson) down Kellogg Blvd. to the St. Paul Hotel. The focus of the parade has always been families. “It’s a baby buggy parade, and we work hard to keep it that way,” notes association treasurer Steward Loper. The Association traces its founding back to Sean and Judith Clerkin’s desire to take…
Since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Association, Inc. has spearheaded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Paul. The year’s March 17 noon parade marks…
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Posted 02/08/2018

Work-flex – Part II: Manufacturing Employers

When you’re talking workplace flexibility or “work-flex” in the same breath as manufacturing, there’s bound to be some head shaking. Some grunting and huffing to go with the arms jerked tight across the chest. Work-flex in manufacturing, however, is not a complete impossibility. Sure, some out-of-the-box thinking will have to happen. And no, pieces of manufacturing equipment can’t be toted home so that Tom or Jane can work while caring for a sick child. News flash: telecommuting is not the only way that workplace flexibility is defined. Will a work-flex scenario work for every position within your plant? Most likely…
When you’re talking workplace flexibility or “work-flex” in the same breath as manufacturing, there’s bound to be some head shaking. Some grunting and huffing to…
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