Holiday Hiring: What You Need to Know

 

 

“According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales in the U.S. during the months of November and December are expected to increase 3.6% (in the 600 billion dollar range!) and online sales are expected to increase between 7-10% from 2015 sales.” – Glassdoor

If you are a retailer, or if you do business near retailers, then you probably see this huge jump in the next two months year after year…the holiday shopping crazy has begun! For any of our readers who do work in this field, we wanted to give some quick tips for how to boost your hiring during the holiday season by preparing now. This can also be applied to any company that sees a boost in hiring during certain times of the year.

Update those job descriptions ASAP.

    • In order to draft a job posting, you’ll need an updated job description. Since this can be often be more than a one-person job, start now so that you get through all of the necessary steps for updating your job descriptions that you’ll need to fill vacancies for…and while we’re on the subject, what is your job description review process? Need help refining the process or want to send your job descriptions to an expert for review and updating? You know where to find us!

Make sure you are on social media for easy job posting!

    • Depending on your business, these would be the top picks for your company presence on social media.
        1. LinkedIn
        2. Facebook
        3. Twitter
        4. Instagram
        5. Snapchat

Review your company careers page.

    • Do you have updated information, contacts, etc. on your careers section of the company website? If not, update it now so you cut back on confusion or unnecessary fixes during the recruitment itself.

Refine and review your interview process with the players on your team!

    • Update your HR team, hiring managers, and other interviewers and reviewers and decision makers so they can plan accordingly with their own schedules.
    • Looking to update your process from paper applications to online applications? Wanting to add a video component using interview software or Snapchat to the process? Whatever changes you want to make, do it now so that things are all set when it’s time to post that job ad!

The Great Shakeout: Emergency Preparedness at Work

It’s coming! #GreatShakeOut is happening on October 20, 2016 across the state of #California. This is a great way to promote #emergencypreparedness at work, and at home. For more details on this event, check out: http://www.shakeout.org/california/.

In 2015, we had 10.4 million participants. Why is this such a big deal for Californians? You know your out of town visitors are always concerned about earthquakes because it’s something new and different. For those of us who have lived through countless earthquakes, what does this day mean? I think the larger significance here, aside from being prepared for “The Big One” we’ve all been hearing about and waiting for year after year, it’s about being aware of your surroundings and knowing how to respond in a natural disaster situation.

From apps such as “Beat the Quake” to FEMA’s mobile app (https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app), preparedness is something on everyone’s minds. Of course, active shooter situations in the news recently make people more uneasy about their safety at work, so the best thing for you to do as an employer is to encourage preparedness through events such as The Great California Shake Out!

In most situations, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON will be the best lesson to teach throughout your organization. Here’s why:

DROP – being on your hands and knees protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to crawl to shelter and stay low.

COVER – use one arm and hand to cover your neck and head. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl under that for shelter. If not, crawl to a nearby wall (away from windows!). Stay on your knees in order to protect your vital organs.

HOLD ON – until the ground stops shaking! Hold onto the shelter with one hand and be prepared to move with your shelter if it shifts positions. If no shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms/hands.

Now would be a great time to check your first aid kits, emergency preparedness kits, safety kits, and all other tools at your disposal for natural disasters or other emergency situations at work! #beprepared #workplacesafety

#Election2016: Why Politics Should Matter

#ImWithHer and #LoveTrumpsHate and #MakeAmericaGreatAgain…if you don’t know what these hash tags mean, or who they belong to, you’ve probably been hiding your head in the sand. As a millennial, feminist, mom, and human resources professional, elections are really tricky topics for me to write about. I have conservative parents, Republican relatives who despise Hillary Clinton, and good friends who would seriously consider a permanent move out of the country if Donald Trump is sworn in as the new leader of the free world.

My personal views aside, I think presidential elections should be something we all care about. My oldest child is in fourth grade this year, and is acutely aware of the election, the candidates, and the commentary constantly running through her ears at school, at grandma’s house, and in our own household. There are so many issues built into this election from women’s rights to immigration to the right to bear arms to the continued existence of the glass ceiling in workplaces where equality should no longer have to be an issue. Quite honestly, it’s exhausting and disheartening to see that changes that should have been made decades ago are still on the table for discussion. At the same time, we all want to raise a generation that cares and that wants to vote and that believes they can make a difference. So the best way for us to encourage that is to be involved ourselves and set that example of what it means to be a concerned citizen.

Personal matters and internal struggles aside, the issues facing us in the election this year reach far and wide. Immigration law, tax reform, the economy, and health care reform are all hot button issues that affect the workplace in leaps and bounds. In order to be relevant in our work, we have to be informed on the state of the union. It’s unavoidable, as ugly and contentious as things may get between the candidates on social media and on the debate floor. So it’s time for all of us to pull up our boot straps and buckle up for the ride!

For up to the minute news and stats on this year’s #presidentialelection, you can subscribe to news sites such as: http://www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/2016_presidential_election. But where do we go to find out what’s actually going to happen after we elect one of the most controversial presidents in the history of our nation? No matter which way you slice it, this is going to be a polarizing election, and no one knows exactly what our world looks like with #Hillary or #Trump in office. So what do we do now? As human resources professionals and leaders in your own workplace, here are a few tips on how to survive #Election2016.

  1. Remind employees that company computers and company time are not the place or avenue for political views to be expressed.
  2. Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees are free to speak out about employment issues as long as it is not disruptive and occurs during non-work time in non-work areas.
  3. Give employees time to vote. And make sure you vote on election day!
  4. Foster a company atmosphere of respect and inclusion. Lead from the top down when it comes to setting the tone for office conversation about politics.
  5. Keep the office walls and casual Friday t-shirts free of controversial topics – including politics.
  6. Remember to follow the age-old policy of “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”
  7. Choose to protect your team, your company vision, and your sanity. Avoid unnecessary divisiveness.

The biggest regret any of us will have is not doing something. Go out and vote. Don’t sit back and let things happen, be part of the solution not another cog in the wheel, a head buried in the sand. To make a difference, we each have to take the steps to get out there and act, regardless of what you believe or who you are voting for. In the words of James Hetfield, front man of the band Metallica, “I’d rather regret doing something than not doing something.” #dosomething #bethechange #vote