I am the product of baby boomer parents who survived an arguably sheltered millennial upbringing in Southern California. My parents’ generation boasts of having worked at the same company for 20+ years, and some will easily double that number before their retirement. Company loyalty is something that baby boomers value immensely, and as these things often go, they’ve raised a bunch of restless, challenge-crazed and adventure-seeking millennials. The generational differences not only change how employees work alongside each other in today’s age-diverse workforce, but it also impacts how leaders should structure the succession plans and mentoring programs at work to ensure that there is learning and development, rather than resistance and conflict occurring as we seek to build workplace relationships to strengthen our teams and the future of the company. Read more
Long-held notions that longer tenure benefits both employee and employer continue to erode as the reported median length of employment spirals downward. In January of 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years. Down from 4.6 in 2014. Way down for select demographics and industries.
Not unexpected, among 16 to 19 years-old’s who were still exploring skills and careers, 74 percent reported having had a tenure of 12 months or less with their current employer. On the opposite end of the demographics, 55 to 64-year-olds reported a median of 10.1 years. Read more
Taking on a supervisory role for the first time is exciting and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Start off on the right path by taking these steps to ensure a smooth transition into your new role.
Not just at the beginning, but throughout your career, make it your mission to learn everything you can. Chances are, you’ve been promoted into management because of your skills and attributes, not how much you know, so it’s important to stay humble and remember you don’t know everything. Look for the tools and resources your organization offers. Some companies have formal supervisory training, and nearly all have policy and procedure manuals and HR policies. Read them, ask questions about anything you don’t understand, and keep them in a place where you can access them easily. Read more
One of the most important interview skills you can have as a hiring manager is the ability to read people. HR professionals should be able to interact with employees of all levels from the entry level positions to the executive team. As a hiring manager, you should also seek to understand different perspectives and relate to your prospective new hires on various levels. The interview is much like a first date in that candidates are sure to present their best self to you, hoping to sell you on their positive attributes and land the job. As the interviewer, you should be prepared to notice and interpret a few awkward interview moments on this list, and to adjust your view of the candidate based on these mostly non-verbal cues. Get ready! Read more
Last month, we blogged about the new legislation heading your way in 2017. One topic included at http://peoplescapehr.com/new-year-round-need-change-2017/ was restroom facilities. As we wrote there, AB 1732 requires all employers to designate single-user restrooms as “gender neutral facility”. This applies to facilities with one toilet and/or urinal and one sink, with a door that the user can lock from the inside. This legislation follows suit with others we have seen over the past several years as a result of transgender identity and preventative regulations against discrimination in this particular area. Those that follow us regularly will remember that we also blogged about the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner in July 2015, and the effect of this announcement on workplace harassment and anti-bullying prevention policies at work (http://peoplescapehr.com/diversity-in-the-workplace/). Clearly, these issues are not new in their existence, but they are new in the way that HR and workplace legislation are now responding to them. Read more
In honor of President’s Day, we would like to share some updates with you about the impact of President Trump’s policies on HR professionals in the workplace. As always, a new president can have a huge impact on the workforce, but the checks and balances in place within the United States government does not allow for hasty implementation of many programs.
- The ban on immigration – Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are free to enter the U.S. after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower federal court judge’s nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the president’s controversial executive order. Read more
Our LA human resource consultants are frequently tasked with supporting company-wide management initiatives driven by market dynamics or more specific organizational changes for our clients. Now, to make things a bit more interesting, we have additional generalized factors impacting Los Angeles businesses, particularly those with 25 or more employees, and many small business owners are bracing for a sea of change this year.
You don’t need special fortune-telling skills to understand the impact of higher minimum wages, increased mandatory employee benefits, an unemployment rate of 5%, inevitable future restrictions on H1B Visas and immigration policies, and commuting challenges that combine to change the landscape and composition of the Los Angeles workforce. Here are a some of the reasons why: Read more
Human Resource professionals know there are challenges in the workplace when it comes to employee mental health and the impact on absenteeism, productivity, employee relations, company culture and risk management. What can HR leaders do to identify when mental health issues need to be addressed and how do they take positive action to move forward? Peoplescape is proud to have hosted an important training workshop in March 2017, co-sponsored by the Wellness Works and Each Mind Matters organizations, designed to provide in-house HR professionals with practical skills and training resources on Read more
“We look for candidates with a solid foundation of soft skills and trust so that the rest can be built upon it.”
Emőke Starr, head of HR at Prezi
What skills are most important for your success in 2017? Caroline Beaton, contributor for Business Insider, recently interviewed more than 100 HR managers, recruiters and CEO’s and found that soft skills outweigh technology skills coming into 2017. Beaton found that these four skills are the most sought after when leaders are looking for new stars in their organization.
- Attention: Being able to focus is the new gauge of how smart or capable a candidate is (replacing former measures such as IQ tests and aptitude tests). According to Jake Rozmaryn, CEO of Eco Branding, his firm sees lots of “careless typing and formatting errors in millennial applicant writing and work samples, cover letters, resumes, etc.” Furthermore, focus can also show your ability to multitask and follow through on tasks. Being able to hold your focus and attention is a huge predictor of success in today’s fast paced world.
We can’t say anyone was surprised by the government hiring freeze instituted by President Trump on Monday, January 23, 2017. Donald J. Trump is the first U.S. President to go straight from the CEO chair into the Oval Office without having any military or political experience. As our 45th President takes his place as Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America, there are several things for business leaders to keep an eye on, and a few that we want to point out to our blog readers as we all anticipate changes in the coming months. Read more