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4 metrics for measuring background-screening efficiency

02/21/2024
At least 94% of employers perform some kind of background screening on job applicants before they hire. That doesn’t mean all those checks were conducted efficiently. Let’s look at four metrics that companies can use to measure the performance of their background-screening providers.

Learn from Glassdoor’s ‘best places’ winners

02/21/2024
In today’s tight labor market, it seems like every employer is vying to hire from the same shrinking pool of potential employees. Yet some organizations have become known as employers of choice, with reputations built on rankings that recognize generous benefits, enlightened management and exemplary corporate cultures. To become known as a best place to work, cultivate these attributes.

Study: Front-line workers need mental-health support, aren’t likely to seek it

02/20/2024
Despite having more demanding roles tied to a higher degree of stress, front-line workers are less aware of employer mental well-being benefits, are more likely to say they do not have a problem and—even when they acknowledge a problem—are less likely to reach out for help than their non-front-line colleagues, according to a new meQuilibrium study.

What’s so great about working from home? Well, for starters, the bathrooms

02/20/2024
A quarter of the workers responding to a recent poll said they would rather change jobs than return to the office full-time. The inquiring minds at Jobera.com, which connects jobseekers with remote-employment opportunities, asked 3,000 workers: What’s the big deal about working from home?

$4.35 million lesson: Ensure safety of teenage workers

02/20/2024
Many teens as young as 14 work fast-food and retail jobs. They’re often not aware of their rights in the workplace, what constitutes harassment and where they can turn if they are harassed—or worse.

Access to Personnel Files: 50 State Laws

02/16/2024
No federal law grants employees the right to inspect their personnel files. However, many states do give employees that right and spell out the terms under which employees are allowed to inspect their files. Here’s a state-by-state list of laws governing access to personnel files.

8 steps to becoming the manager your employees need

02/16/2024
So much attention is paid to whether employees are “engaged” in their jobs or not. But managers at all levels need to periodically ask themselves a similar question: Are YOU engaged in managing your employees?

How assertive are you? 18 questions test your ability to be positively persuasive

02/16/2024
Giving employees critical feedback, negotiating with vendors, sticking up for your people (or your budget)—they’re all communications situations that require a certain amount of assertiveness. These 18 questions can help you pinpoint areas of weakness in your ability to express yourself. Use your results to figure out where you can improve.

Can you rein in political speech at work?

02/16/2024
Most employers would prefer employees focus on work and not the state of the world when they are on the clock. So how can you quell political arguments in the workplace? You must balance employees’ interest in speaking freely with your interest in maintaining order and productivity:

8 steps to becoming the manager your employees need

02/16/2024
In an effort to “empower” their staffs, too many managers take a completely hands-off approach, leaving employees alone unless they really need help. But this can create a rudderless ship, says management expert Bruce Tulgan. That’s not leadership! Here’s how effective managers provide genuine support to their employees.