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Employers struggle to hire, retain white-collar staff

A new survey confirms that most organizations are finding it extremely difficult to find and retain qualified workers. The survey, conducted by the Conference Board in March, reveals that hiring challenges extend beyond a shortage of manual services workers.

In which states is hiring the hardest these days?

With the labor force participation rate near 62%, one of the lowest in decades, most employers are having trouble finding and hiring employees. Where is it the hardest?

Avoid hiring based on preferred ‘look’

In a fickle consumer market, you might be tempted to base hiring decisions on the kind of employees you think your customers might prefer. That could be a big mistake. Courts take a dim view of rejecting qualified applicants who don’t fit preconceived notions of who is a good fit or has the right “look” for service jobs.

It may soon be easier to fill your vacancies

For employers struggling to hire enough employees, there may be some good news on the horizon. Not only are unemployed workers beginning to step off the sidelines and back into the workforce, but some state legislatures are responding to low unemployment rates and abundant jobs by lowering the length of time workers can collect unemployment compensation benefits.

5 questions to ask yourself just seconds before you fire someone … and 5 to ask yourself just seconds before you hire someone

Are you really sure you want to press that button just yet? Run a few things through your mind before picking up the phone … or making the long hard walk down the hallway.

Job descriptions are key to legal promotions

If your organization is like most, you prefer to promote from within. Here’s a good, three-step process for making sure your promotion process doesn’t trigger a lawsuit.

4 in 10 employers report a rise in candidate ghosting

Candidate ghosting is taking an increasing toll on employers, new research from outplacement firm Robert Half suggests. In a survey of more than 2,300 senior managers in the U.S., 39% of respondents said it’s more common for job candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago.

Turn the Great Resignation into the Great Rehire

By tradition or out of spite, many employers have at least an informal policy that discourages rehiring former employees who resigned to take a supposedly better job elsewhere. Such a policy may have made sense two years ago, before the pandemic roiled the world of work. But now it might make sense to rethink that practice.

‘Ghosting’ applicants can harm reputation and hiring

Inconsiderate employers may be missing out on potential employees with in-demand skills.

The good & bad of remote hiring: Top perks, obstacles

As the workforce goes remote, so has hiring. And that’s caused all kinds of new challenges for employers.