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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 03/15/2018

Qualities to Expect in 2018 College Grads

The 2017-18 graduates will be awarded 1 million associate degrees, 1.9 million bachelor degrees, and 790,000 masters degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This group represents a bounty of young adults eager to launch or further their careers in the real world. Aside from the necessary skills and training needed for their open positions, what qualities should recruiters and hiring managers look for among this crop of potential employees? The 3 “Rs” Reliability Review the graduate’s work experience or extra-curricular activities for demonstrated evidence that he/she can be trusted and counted on to perform well consistently. Resilience…
The 2017-18 graduates will be awarded 1 million associate degrees, 1.9 million bachelor degrees, and 790,000 masters degrees, according to the National Center for Education…
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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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Posted 01/19/2018

5 Tips for Keeping Key Employees

If the new year finds the HR department holding their collective breath, fearing/dreading the announcement that a top-notch employee has resigned, it’s time to rev up efforts to prevent the loss of your workers to greener or perceived greener pastures. Everyone knows losing a key employee is costly, making employee retention a challenge facing every organization today. So, what steps will make a positive impact on your retention efforts? 1. Demonstrate Appreciation It may sound too simple but think about it. Who doesn’t want to feel rewarded, recognized and appreciated? When thank you’s, pats on the back, and sincere expressions…
If the new year finds the HR department holding their collective breath, fearing/dreading the announcement that a top-notch employee has resigned, it’s time to rev…
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