Ahhh the recruitment process – that’s finding new employees. Easy enough, right? Wrong! If it were that easy, there wouldn’t be as many headaches or the massive finder’s fee when it comes to placing talent. Here, we outline our top tips when it comes to sourcing talent to ensure YOU have your bases covered.
Being in business (and trust me I know), one tries to incur as little costs possible, whilst spending on resources that give you bang for your buck. If you owned a garden services company, you could see the value of a lawnmower you recently bought virtually immediately as it executes the task you’re being paid to do.
Putting your staff through training and upskilling your team may not show you a tangible ROI the next day. However there’s a reason why government has stepped in and made it extremely attractive to implement a Skills Development Strategy in your organisation. But let’s start with you – the business owner, CEO, Managing Director or HR head…
Discover. Develop. Empower.
You may have noticed Holistan’s cryptic messages about a “Talent Management Solution coming soon…” on our social media platforms and on our newsletters. Finally – it’s time to tell you what we are on about!
Your company’s brand is one of the most important factors for its eventual success. It’s the culmination of your company’s identity, packaged and presented in a way that’s pleasing, familiar, and attractive to your prospective and recurring customers.
However, companies and organisations aren’t alone in the need for solid branding.
Personal branding, the art of building a unique brand around yourself as an individual, is just as important.
It’s a New Year symbolising the opportunity for new beginnings (for a Roadmap to Success click here). 2018 may mean a promotion, or even a change of your employer (read our article titled “Am I Being Paid My Worth” here if you are still undecided about making a career move).
If you do seek greener pastures in the career domain, there is a high probability that you’ll be subject to psychometric assessments.
Role plays are used often as part of an assessment battery. Popularly referred to as a simulation or immersion, role playing offers the assessor a unique perspective that traditional assessments do not. For example, if you complete a personality inventory, and a question asks if you are a resilient individual, you may answer “hell yeah”. The issue is that your perception of yourself, and how you behave in reality, may be two different things. If I put you in a situation where you are put under severe pressure, the assessor will then objectively measure your performance. Not surprisingly a professional’s judgement may be rather different to your own.
I don’t usually get so personal in our blogs, but seeing as it is the festive season, I guess the festivities have made me somewhat sentimental. Usually as we come to the end of an old year and welcome in the New Year, I write about the future, such as Becoming Your Most Authentic Self, Personal Development and Growth and a Roadmap to Success. However, this year I’ve been inspired to reflect upon the past year with all the lessons I’ve learned. Hey! Last year wrote a book inspired by some of the fundamental f-ups I’ve made in a bid to help other Health Professionals avoid the same pitfalls. So I’m doing it again, this time for a wider audience; perhaps this piece may inspire you to avoid the same mistakes I’ve made – or even appreciate your own lessons.
As a small start-up, those in senior positions of an SME, or HR Managers in bigger businesses – Do YOU know who are the high and low performers in your company? Do you recruit and hire very talented people? Is your company committed to keeping top performers, and removing low performers? Does your business know how to develop its people effectively?
I’m not sure about you, but when it gets to this time of year, I personally feel lethargic, and just praying for December to hurry the hell up. Paradoxically, however, this is my busiest time of year running my own business, and so it’s now when I need my greatest burst of energy, enthusiasm and focus. So why on earth is this evading me? And strangely enough, after asking around, I’ve discovered I am not the only one. I need to get my mojo back. However there’s one thing I manage to do consistently – and that’s putting myself last. So in a bid to trick myself into helping myself, I’ve decided to write this piece for not only me – but YOU. I’ve written this not only from an entrepreneur’s perspective, but from being a young professional, juggling many tasks and responsibilities, and wanting to be the best I can be (but feeling I’m failing hopelessly). If this is you, please read on…
by Marzenna Almendro
“As much as 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions” – Harvard Business Review
We’ve all heard the stats – the immediate one which comes to mind is ‘the wrong hire can cost you 1.5 to 3 times that person’s annual income’. Nobody ventures out to make a critical faux pas. Work demands, deadlines looming, volumes of emails to sift through, clients to get back to… the work environment offers a perfect culmination to rush those hiring decisions. You may be inclined to trust your “gut” or instinct when making a decision – but I’m sure you in your personal capacity can think of one instance where someone interviewed superbly. However after working with them for some time, things became unstuck. Perhaps they went awol and just did not come back to work; or they did resign, but thanks to their malice, they deleted critical, sensitive company data.
It’s happened to most of us.
By Sasha Valente
We live in a very competitive world where the wrong decisions could hinder us a great deal. Influx of people means an influx of poverty and the creation of a vicious circle that becomes so difficult to avoid, and although every human is beautifully unique with their own talents and skills it becomes even more difficult to pursue our dreams and talents due to the demands and pressures of today.
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