RPOA Weekly: Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

By Lamees Abourahma Tue, Jul 18,2017 @ AM

How can employers create a more inclusive workplace? It’s a question that more companies are beginning to invest time and resources in. A Globe and Mail report on the Best Diversity Employers in Canada covers various strategies employers implement to create inclusive environments for their employees. Some strategies include conducting a mental-health survey to better understand employee knowledge and attitudes toward mental health and illness, launching recruiting campaigns targeted specifically at certain underrepresented groups, and providing bias-free interview training for recruiters and managers. This week’s #RPOAWeekly zooms in on diversity and inclusion in the workplace with a roundup of articles that shed some light on the subject.

Topics: workplace best practices


The Costs and Benefits of Workplace Culture

By Carrie Kolar Tue, Feb 09,2016 @ AM

Workplace culture is a combination of many factors that can determine the success of your business, your recruiting, and your retention. A strong workplace culture brings with a host of benefits; a weak or negative workplace culture can bring sky-high costs. In this RPOA Weekly, we examine the costs and benefits of workplace culture.

Topics: workplace best practices, Recruiting Culture


When Sustainable Employee Engagement Isn't Achieved (Part 2 of 2)

By Allison Reilly Tue, May 27,2014 @ PM

In the first part of this series, we discussed the importance of a sustainable workforce and how a sustainable workforce is different from traditional employee engagement. Essentially, traditional employee engagement isn't enough for the workplace of 2014. The wants and needs of employees are different today than they were 20 or 30 years ago. They're more stressed out and under more pressure than before, and they're also much more worried about job and financial security. In the second part of this series, we're going to cover what employers need to do to achieve sustainable employee engagement and the consequences of not having a sustainable workforce.

Topics: talent acquisition, employee engagement, employee recognition, workplace best practices


Sustainable Workforce vs. Employee Engagement (Part 1 of 2)

By Allison Reilly Tue, May 20,2014 @ PM

Sustainable engagement is defined as "the optimal relationship between employers and workers," and has three components: discretionary effort, well being, and a supportive work environment. Sustainable engagement is different from traditional workforce engagement, where traditional engagement still leaves employees detached or disengaged with the organization. Sustainable engagement goes one step further by not only identifying what drives employees to be engaged, but also offers holistic solutions to improve engagement. Employee engagement doesn't have shortcuts, and can't be simplified with one-size-fits all steps.

Topics: talent acquisition, employee engagement, employee recognition, workplace best practices


3 Characteristics of Compelling Employment Branding

By Allison Reilly Tue, Feb 11,2014 @ AM

An employment brand is just like the brand that's associated with a company and its products and services. The only difference is that an employment brand is meant to engage employees and potential employees to work or to stay with the company, instead of encouraging someone to make a purchase. Your employment brand is ultimately what your employees and potential employees think of you as an employer. If you're not communicating your message well, or if you don't have a solid positioning statement outlining your organization's values, then what your employees think about the brand will be very different from you what think it is or ought to be. Here are three characteristics of employment branding:

Topics: social media recruiting, employment brand, candidate experience, recruiting trends, workplace best practices


Hiring Strategy, Flex Work, and Other RPO News

By Allison Reilly Thu, Jul 11,2013 @ AM

Flexible work options, and the work/life balance (or fit, as one of this week's articles likes to call it), are much more popular than ever. More companies are also opening up to these options, realizing that these options help the company as much as the employee. Below are the latest, and greatest article, about RPO, flex work, and how they can fit into your hiring strategy.

Topics: social recruiting, hiring and recruiting news, hiring, workplace best practices


Does Working From Home Kill Innovation?

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of people who work from home has risen steadily and is approaching 11 percent in 2013. The government supports it as a way to cut down on commuting, and reduce traffic, pollution and office space. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that its surveys show that 63 percent of employers offer telecommuting. So when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer decided in February 2013 to eliminate work from home options for Yahoo employees, it drew a lot of criticism and concern from HR, recruiters, and tech industry insiders.

Topics: competitive workplace, workplace best practices

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