A Selection of Business and HR Articles
Some of the Season's Best Articles from Leading Business Publications
Compiled by: BrantJobs Staff
Source: The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post
BrantJobs staff have put together a list of several great articles
relating to human resources, managing, recruitment, and retention from leading business publications.
THE FINANCIAL POST
How can a company hire the best people? Often a hire that was pegged to be a star lost his or her appeal almost as fast as the flavour of a piece of bubble gum. This is an age old business challenge for entrepreneurs, small businesses and large corporations alike.
There are two business lessons that can be drawn from here. First, It is important for every business to have a clear definition of its brand and an understanding of what it stands for. This provides a foundation for recruiting and retaining engaged employees whose character and interests are aligned with the values and principles of the business. Second, organizational culture must be aligned with the brand. A brand promise of service must be extended to employees. As Stephen Covey, educator and author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”
How we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s health, performance and souls.
Businesses should take note. Nothing facilitates talent retention like providing opportunities for engaging and meaningful work. Employees who have earned the opportunity should be given a “long leash” to test boundaries. At the same time, however, mentors should guide the discovery process. This not only helps to keep high-potential employees engaged, it can also benefit the business by providing employees with the space to conceive and develop new ideas that could come to define the future of the business.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
The success of any company or organization depends almost entirely on its most important resource: its workforce. It is the people who make up an organization who ultimately decide which revenue streams to pursue, how to deal with rising costs, how to implement marketing programs and how to monitor and sustain continued success and growth. Even in an era of significant technological resources and capabilities, a skilled team is crucial to execute your business strategy and support the bottom line.
The world of work is an entirely different landscape from just 10 years ago, and it is no revelation to say so. Even basic elements such as the hours and location of work have altered dramatically.
One reason why owning a small business is so attractive is because it involves less of the kind of red tape associated with larger organizations. Yet, if you have employees, you need to have policies in a number of areas, no matter the size of your business.
Finding employees is a fairly standard process. Unfortunately, when seeking tech talent with specialized training – such as back-end and front-end development skills for websites, mobile apps and other technical products and services – the process becomes anything but standard.
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