Best Practices

Working at a job solely for the sake of a paycheck quickly eliminates Employee Engagement. For many workers, money just isn't enough. Employee Recognition Programs can increase Employee Engagement because of two things: humans have feelings and because when you think about it, money is...

There's a lot more to building a positive company culture through Employee Recognition than just presenting a gift. It should be obvious that giving your employee a mug and then making them pay for it is a bad choice. No one wants to work for THAT boss,...

Google is considered one of the most desirable companies to work for by a huge host of young and talented individuals.  Google receives over 1.5 million applications per year for only 6,000 positions.  This means they can select from a massive pool of candidates, accepting only the top 0.04%.  Thus Google manages to cull many of the most intelligent and inventive individuals on the market, strengthening the company and creating a positive feedback cycle where they become ever more productive and ever more desirable a place to work. Your company may not be Google, but you can steal a page from their book to make your business more attractive to applicants. The better your pool of candidates, the stronger your employees will be and the more your company will prosper. Google hiring process boasts a second point of strength: it shuns traditional interview questions, using quirky challenges to separate the creative brains from the conventional.  This helps Google build an inventive yet homogenous culture of unified and like-minded individuals.

Can you tell when a job applicant is being honest with you?  You probably answered yes, but the unfortunate truth is that lying during the hiring process is becoming increasingly common, and increasingly difficult to detect.  Entire websites are dedicated to helping candidates falsify details of their resumes, and a whopping 56% of resumes contain embellishments and outright lies regarding previous dates of employment, job descriptions, education, and more. To help you avoid getting scammed by job seekers, here are a few of the most egregious hiring horror stories, and a few lessons we can learn from them: Hiring Horror Stories: 1. Candidate Listed Himself As CEO Of The Company He Was Applying For
I was screening applicants for a mid-level position at a Fortune 500 company.  As part of the process, we checked the candidates' profiles on a variety of social media and networking sites.  One applicant had himself listed as CEO of our company on Facebook.  Judging from his Facebook page, I wouldn't have hired him for the mailroom.

There's a lot of common knowledge about what constitutes "good management" and "employee motivation".  But common knowledge is simply that: common.  It's not necessarily accurate or effective.  In fact, there are a number of myths about employee engagement that I'd like to dispel. 3 Myths About Employee Engagement and Motivation: 1. You Should Always Put On A Good Face For Your Employees Positivity is important, but you know what else is important?  Truth.  There's a reason why "The Matrix" was such a popular movie, and it wasn't only the pleather bondage gear and Keanu Reeve's deadpan delivery.  "The Matrix" offered a basic dilemma: would you rather live in a carefully constructed fantasy, or the terrifying real world?  Would you rather have happiness or the truth?  Keanu took the red pill, and most of your employees want the same.  They want to know what's going on.

Earlier this year, Accu-Screen released a study showing that a whopping 78% of resumes include misleading information, while 54% are padded with outright lies.  Job candidates lie about all kinds of things including fraudulent degrees, inflated job titles, altered dates of employment, and excised criminal histories.  It's sad to say, but the majority of resumes contain exaggerations or lies.  Accu-Screen has been charting this kind of data for over 15 years, and they say that resume falsification peaks in times of economic distress and tough job markets.  That means that companies hiring today need to be especially vigilant so they don't get duped by disingenuous job applicants. The cost of hiring a dishonest employee is steep: not only is the person likely to perform badly and possibly even swindle your company in other ways, but your company could be on the hook for damages if incompetency or an undisclosed criminal history causes problems for clients and co-workers. 5 Tools For Finding And Hiring Honest Employees: 1. Background Checks An extensive background check is the most important step you can take to suss out major issues like criminal history.  Your business can and should hire experts to perform a full background check on every employee you hire.

Some companies don't consider Facebook a prime location to find quality employees, preferring to focus on more "professional" employment-related sites like LinkedIn or  However, Facebook actually has many advantages for recruiting young, media-savvy, creative employees. The Advantages of Recruiting On Facebook: 1. Facebook Has More Members Than Any Other Social Media Site For sheer volume of candidates, Facebook can't be beat.  It has over a billion members, more than 5 times as many as LinkedIn. 2. More People Are Looking For A Job On Facebook Than You Think You may consider Facebook a site to share party pictures and reconnect with old boyfriends from high school, but in fact, 48% of all job-seekers (and 63% of people who have a Facebook profile) used Facebook to hunt for a job last year.