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What to Consider When Hiring New Employees

April 25, 2014 Leave a comment

You’re probably very well aware that good employees make your company more successful. After all, it’s often through employees that you find sustainable growth. A bad employee on the other hand, is an entirely different story.

When you hire a bad worker, you can plan on losing about 30 percent of that person’s first-year of potential earnings. So, this means if the person is expected to make about $30,000 during his or her first year, you’ll be losing upward of $9,000. Take three or four bad workers, and the losses add up very quickly.

To combat the problem of hiring the wrong workers, many companies are seeking out alternative hiring methods. And with Google turning to emotional intelligence like it has over the past couple years, it makes perfect sense that these companies are turning to it as well. Emotional intelligence involves five major components:

  • Self-awareness
  • Motivation
  • Social skill
  • Empathy
  • Self-regulation

 

If a person has high levels of each of the qualities listed above, then he or she is likely to fit in well with almost any company as well as provide sustainable growth.

It’s time that you realize that being “book smart” doesn’t necessarily qualify a person to be a good employee. This isn’t to imply that a high IQ won’t go a long way in making an employee a good one; however, it is to say that being smart and possessing a wide range of characteristics goes a long way in making a good worker valuable to your business.

Problems Solvers Do Just as the Title Implies

When you employ workers who are emotionally intelligent, this usually means that they are ‘problem solvers.’ And although they take the time to notice problems, their ultimate goal is to find solutions to them. Not only do they want to find solutions to them, but they want to do so in a quick manner, which means higher levels of productivity for your business.

Managing Emotions is Key in Running a Successful Business

All humans have to deal with emotions, and while some are more emotional than others, emotionally intelligent people know how to properly handle the pressures of life. Did you know that “90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in pressurized situations in order to remain calm and in control?” Stress affects each and every person, but those who know how to deal with it–those who are emotionally intelligent–are the best types of workers to employ.

Finding Emotionally Intelligent Workers

There are all types of people who are emotionally intelligent. When you start your search for such workers, remember that some will come from the outside, while others can be found at home, meaning internally among the workers that you already have.

Also don’t forget that the best talent can be found, recruited and cultivated only by using top of the line Applicant Tracking Software.

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Making a Match: Companies and Developers

May 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Many high tech companies are finding it hard to find good talent. If you fall into this category, you may struggle with giving developers and other tech applicants a reason to apply to your job when companies like Facebook and Google have so many perks. You don’t have to install a slide in your office, but you do have to start using more technology in your hiring process.

For years now, when people want to find love, they go to sites like eHarmony because of the tech-savvy algorithms used to pair people that mesh well together. It has cut down on the dating scene and helped many people to form successful marriages.

When you think about it, pairing a company with a developer is a lot like a marriage. If you’re still on the dating scene, trying to find the right partner, it might be time for you to think like eHarmony and all of the other sites and create an algorithm.

If you live in New York City or San Francisco, you can use the GroupTalent algorithm that allows developers and companies to be paired based upon talent. The platform has proven to be very effective and can solve a lot of the hiring problems you have faced in the past.

The technology is also great for developers who want to “try before they buy.” Basically, it allows developers to try out a company for a short-term project. This would be beneficial to you, as well, to see how well the person does within your business model. If neither of you are happy, you part ways and go on with the next match.

The medical industry has been doing this for years with the locum tenens. Short-term roles are filled by people in the interim while a doctor or nurse is away for some reason. Most locum tenens are proving themselves while at the facility and often are given a job offer at the end of their term because of how well they have proven themselves. The same concept applies with you.

Technology is a useful tool and many companies are learning how to use it in order to obtain the perfect match. By using an Applicant Tracking System, you can do the same thing. This software would allow you to search for various features and characteristics of those who are applying to your positions. This will allow you to pick and choose from those who are applying to you so you can ensure you get a better match for your business.

When it comes down to it, you have to make sure your business has an attractive offer for applicants. While you can use technology to narrow down your options, you still have to get the best of the best sending their resume and information to you.