Human Resources Trends

How Social Media is Transforming the Role of HR Recruiters

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Social media has changed the way people work and think. You can gain access to multiple social media sites via a computer, mobile phone and even a tablet. One tweet or status update can potentially notify thousands of individuals in a matter of seconds. When change occurs, you will usually find those who accept it with open arms, while others …

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How to Manage a Conference Call When You’re from the Texting (Gen Y) Generation

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Not only is the workplace changing but so is the workforce. More and more Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are entering the workplace. According to Time Magazine, there are currently 40 million Millennials in the workface. This will mean that three out of every four workers will be a Millennial by 2025 worldwide. Millennials are social beings who enjoy …

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How Video Conferencing Can Help Businesses in the Wake of DOMA’s Demise

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on June 26 to strike down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage. The fall of the DOMA law paves the way for individuals in legally recognized same-sex relationships to receive benefits through Social Security, the tax system, healthcare and other federal benefits, as well …

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4 Ways to Optimize Your HR Budget and Still Choose Top Global Talent

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HR departments and recruiting firms are under pressure to quickly fill positions, cut total cost per hire and select qualified candidates from a global talent pool. This can prove difficult when the talent pool continues to grow increasingly large while funds and time constraints grow smaller. Here are four simple tips that will help you optimize your HR budget and …

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3 Simple Ways to Cut Business Travel Costs

With rising prices all across the travel industry ($4/gallon, anyone?), businesses everywhere are searching for ways to reduce their travel budgets without risking their bottom line. Here are three simple (and relatively painless) ways to cut business travel costs without damaging your business or employee morale. 1. Cross-train your employees. The average two-person field sales team (sales rep + specialist) …

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5 Tips From the Stars to Look Your Best During a Video Interview

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Video interviews are one of the newest trends seen in the recruitment process―more than 60 percent of companies are using it. It expedites the interview process, making it a great advantage to recruiters and job seekers alike. Companies are able to quickly complete interviews, reduce the amount of time spent on finding candidates and significantly cut total cost per hire. …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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Study reveals that entrepreneurs think differently

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Entrepreneurs are often out-of-the-box thinkers but a new study reveals that they use both sides of their brain in the decision-making process. When you look at an entrepreneur like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it would be safe to assume that he thinks differently. It would also be safe to assume that most entrepreneurs, especially the successful ones, also think differently. …

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Boomers for Hire: Why Older Workers Can Make Great Job Candidates

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With job growth accelerating, many small businesses are hunting for talented, experienced and affordable hires. And, increasingly, many are finding this skill set among retired Baby Boomers, who want to head back to work—either full-time or part-time—in a second or “encore” career. In fact, Encore.org, a nonprofit that provides resources to make it easier for people to pursue jobs with meaning and continued income …

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Stop these 7 non-verbal behaviors that are killing your career

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Non-verbal behaviors—the involuntary physical and vocal nuances that accompany verbal communication—transmit subtle messages that influence how others interpret our words. Researchers estimate that nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of the total communication we engage in with others. In today’s open work spaces, half-walled cube farms and cramped meeting rooms, office employees are constantly engaged in non-verbal communications. How can we ensure …

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Telecommuting Across the Generations: eBook & Infographic

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In the new eBook, The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting, author Lea Green explores the shift in the workplace as more and more Millennial workers enter the workforce. The eBook, sponsored by PGi, a global leader in conferencing and collaboration, explores the pros and cons of telecommuting and how both workers and businesses can find balance. The first infographics, Generational …

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6 Interview Questions for Your Next Video Interview

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If you think about it, a good job interview is an exercise in psychology. Both parties have goals in mind: one is looking to put their best professional and personal foot forward while the other is looking to ensure an excellent working and cultural fit within an established team or organization. In an ideal interview, both parties are well-researched and …

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Work is Not a Place: PGi Founder, Chairman, CEO Boland Jones on Flexible Work and Collaboration

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Earlier this year, our friends at Plantronics hosted their Smarter Working Event in San Francisco, CA, and PGi was on hand to demo our integration between the Plantronics Voyager Legend™ UC headset and iMeet®. A highlight of the event was the Smarter Working panel, where influential analysts, bloggers and executives, including PGi CEO Boland T. Jones, discussed everything from the …

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Don’t Treat Your Job Applicants Like Livestock: Let iMeet Do Your Herding

In a still sluggish economy, recruiters have the luxury of receiving many applications for the same job posting. That’s the good and the bad news. Recently, one of my neighbors described her job interview with another company by saying she and all the applicants were brought in to the interview like a herd of cattle. By the way she described …

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Ten Nonverbal Cues for Virtual Recruiters (or, The Virtual Firm Handshake)

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For job seekers, extensive preparation is spent on their verbal responses. They research the company, its industry and even its hiring managers while also prepping for some of the traditional, trickier interview questions. However, recruiters rely heavily on nonverbal cues as well, which studies have shown make up as much as 93% of our conveyed message. In a virtual interview …

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PGi Supports Social Good Summit Austin’s Pilot Work From Home Day

Today, I am uniting with many other Austinites to increase awareness of telecommuting’s benefits. Social Good Summit Austin’s pilot Work From Home (WFH) Day is underway, and our city couldn’t be a more perfect place to support this initiative. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how ozone levels and carbon emissions due to traffic congestion decrease when a …

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Recruiting Hassle #1: Are Your Job Applicants Engaged? Let iMeet Decide

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Having recently interviewed candidates for an open position, I can honestly say it was the least enjoyable part of my job. The time it took to find the right person was unlike anything I had ever experienced. How do recruiters do it? I asked four of PGi’s Human Resources professionals this question, and their answer was simple: iMeet. Of course …

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What Not to Wear in a Video Conference Call

I am the queen of video conference calls. That’s right. I hid three pregnancies, the chicken pox, and a hideous rash — all while videoconferencing my way into the ranks of the Mother Nature Network. Here’s the lowdown on how to do it, and do it well. Never wear anything that gives the illusion that you’re naked This may seem …

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Three Ways Video Conferencing Reduces Costs for Recruiters

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In today’s world, searching for a job or a qualified applicant to fill that job is an almost entirely digital affair. Powerful networking sites like LinkedIn allow recruiters to quickly identify, filter and contact top talent. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook give job seekers unprecedented access to companies and their employees. And easy-to-use video conferencing solutions have shrunk …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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