Benefits of Using Humor in the Workplace

How can you benefit by making your everyday office life more fun?

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Why should you use humor at the workplace?

Using humor in the workplace has many benefits. Office humor can come in many different forms – it can be an office joke, prank or funny employee awards event.

Any event, no matter how big or small, infused with humor can brighten up a regular, everyday life at the office and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

The benefits of using humor in the workplace

Besides making you and your colleagues feels good and less stressed, using humor at the workplace has many additional, proven benefits. Dr. David Abramis at Cal State Long Beach has studied fun at work for years.

He discovered that employees who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive, better decision-makers and get along better with co-workers. They also have fewer absentee, late, and sick days than people who aren’t having fun.

Therefore, the main benefits of using humor at the workplace are:

  • Increased employee engagement
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Decreased turnover rates.

These are certainly some very good reasons to have some fun at the office. Aren’t they?

Rules for using humor at the workplace

A good office humor is the one that everyone can enjoy and laugh about. Be careful not to go overboard and hurt somebody’s feelings or embarrass or humiliate your coworkers.  

How to introduce humor at your workplace?

Here are 2 great ways to introduce humor to your workplace:

  1. Funny employee awards

    Turn your old, boring “Employee of the month” award into something much more fun! Check out our list of ideas for funny employee awards!
  2. Funny office pranks

    There is nothing that can bring out so much fun and laugh like a well thought office prank. When was the last time you enjoyed making a practical joke on your co-workers? If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our list of the top 20 office prank ideas!

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How to Make Your Employee Awards More Engaging?

Check out our this simple idea to make your employee wards more engaging and fun!

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The best way to make your employee awards more engaging

If your annual employee awards have become a bit stale and you want to make them more engaging, here is a simple, yet effective idea – add a bit of humor!

Funny employee awards should definitely be a part of your employee recognition program. Awarding your employees in a humorous, lighthearted manner will boost your office morale and keep your employees motivated and engaged.

4 ways to make your employee awards more engaging

1. Add a bit of humor

“Employee of the month” award is so…well, boring and way to common. Get creative and add a sense of humor to your awards! If you need some inspiration, check out our list of the 20 ideas for funny employee awards. Have fun with your awards, but make sure you don’t go overboard. Be thoughtful and careful not to embarrass your employees.

2. Include your employees

Ask your employees for their input on your employee awards. Ask them what type of employee awards they would like to see in your company. Make sure to implement all of their ideas! Also, find volunteers who are into the idea and let them help you plan and prepare the event.  

3. Get together and celebrate

Turn your employee awards ceremony into a party! You can geo fancy and set up a red carpet outside the meeting space and have one of your employees posing as a paparazzi photographer as the guests arrive. If your company culture is casual, host your employee award ceremony at the office, with a couple of snacks and drinks, one Friday afternoon.

4. Get creative with awards

Get creative with your awards! Certificates are so expected. Instead, do something surprising! Hand out interesting prizes or trophies. If you don’t have a budget for great prizes, don’t worry.

The prizes don’t have to be expensive. Go to a dollar store and pick out a variety of low-cost items related to the award itself. For example, a keychain flashlight can be a great award for your employee whose positive attitude shines even in the most darkest of times. 

Boolean Search: Something Every Recruiter in 2019 Should Know

Every recruiter who wants to find top talent in 2019 should know how to perform the advanced Boolean search.

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What is a Boolean search and why is it important for recruiters?

In 2019, we’re dealing mostly with passive candidates. With low unemployment rates, only 12% of people are actively looking for a job.

This is why recruiters must use different methods to source great candidates.

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz around employee referrals and recruitment marketing. But there is another, very effective method you can use to proactively source candidates – Boolean search.

Boolean search is one of those recruitment tactics that everybody has heard of – but nobody really knows who to apply it. It seems complicated and hard to grasp.

Advanced Boolean search can seem a bit intimidating. Those loooong search queries look like math equations. Yuck!

But bear with me for a moment and let me show that learning at least some basic Boolean search tips and tricks is definitely worth a bit of your time and effort.

What are the advantages of using a Boolean search in sourcing candidates?

By using a Boolean search, you can find better candidates faster. You can effectively search through any online repository of potential candidates, such as:

  • Search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing
  • Social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Search resume databases
  • Applicant Tracking System.

Thus, using a Boolean search will make your life easier and save your time and money!

How to do a Boolean search?

It’s quite simple actually. You go to Google, type in your keywords and add a few additional words (called operators) and symbols (called modifiers) to get more relevant results.

There are 3 key operators: AND, OR and NOT.

There are also 3 key modifiers: asterisk (*), quotation marks (“”) and parentheses (()).

This 6 words and symbols are at the core of Boolean search.

How to use Boolean search operators and modifiers?

If I got you interested and you would like to know how to use these operators and modifiers, check out our comprehensive, but easy to understand Boolean Search Guide for Recruiters.

Don’t want to bother with learning Boolean search?

Luckily, you don’t have to. 😉
As I said, it’s 2019. These days, you can simply type your keywords into advanced sourcing tools and let them do their magic.

Ever heard about TalentLyft?

Our recruitment software TalentLyft has a powerful, machine learning powered sourcing solution as well as sourcing extension.

Check it out! 🙂

 

Top 5 Recruitment Software Statistics

Discover the proven research-based benefits of using a modern recruitment software!

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Are you using a recruitment software?

Using a recruitment software has many benefits. Some of the most commonly cited are the following:

  • Increased efficiency
  • Time saving
  • Cost saving
  • Improved reporting
  • Higher quality of hire
  • Reduced IT department’s  involvement
  • Reduced marketing department’s involvement.

In short, a recruitment software should help you find the best hires, in the shortest amount of time, for the least amount of money. It will also enable you to own the whole recruiting process, without depending on your marketing and IT department.

It sounds perfect, right? But is it really like that in practice? Let’s take a look at the data and find out!

Recruitment software statistics you need to know

Here is a list of the top 5 proven, research-based recruitment software statistics you need to know:

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Statistic #1: A majority of companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS)

A research Capterra conducted has shown that:

  • 75% of recruiters use a recruiting or applicant tracking software.

Statistic #2: Almost all best-in class companies use a recruitment software

According to finding from Jobscan’s research:

  • Over 98% of fortune 500 companies use a recruitment software

Statistic #3: Using a recruitment software has positive impact on hiring

According to Capterra’s research:

  • 94% of recruiters and hiring professionals say their using a recruitment software has positively impacted their hiring process.

Statistic #4: Recruitment software improves time to hire

GettApp’s research has found that:

  • 86% of recruiting professionals say that using a recruitment software has helped them hire faster.

Statistic #5: Recruitment software improves the quality of hire

GettApp’s research findings show that:

  • 78% of recruiters say that using an ATS has improved the quality of candidates they hire.

Looking for a better recruitment software?

A great recruitment software will help you achieve your recruitment goals and turn your everyday problems into opportunities. If your current recruitment software isn’t doing its job, you should think about finding the one that will.

In our guide “How to Evaluate and Choose the Best Recruiting Tool” you’ll learn exactly how to compare, evaluate and choose the best recruiting tool that will perfectly fit your hiring needs and your budget.

Employee Feedback: How Do Netflix and Pixar Deliver It?

Learn the exact methods Netflix and Pixar use for delivering feedback to their employees!

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Employee feedback: A key to successful employee performance

Providing feedback to employees is an essential component of every successful and productive company culture. Delivering feedback regularly helps to make sure that employees are on the right track and achieving their goals as targeted.

Unfortunately, most companies don’t utilize this powerful management tool. The Globoforce study found that 65 percent of employees say they’d like to receive more feedback than they currently get.

Recent Gallup research finds that only about one in four employees “strongly agree” that their manager provides meaningful feedback to them – or that the feedback they receive helps them do better work.

So how can you ensure providing regular and useful feedback to employees in your company? Learn from the leading companies! Let’s examine the methods Netflix and Pixar use for delivering feedback to their employees.

Pixar’s method for delivering employee feedback

Plussing is Pixar’s magic formula for giving feedback. Plussing has played a game-changing role at the film company Pixar. The general guideline is that you may only criticize an idea if you also add a constructive suggestion. Hence the name plussing.

Here’s an example:

An animator working on “Toy Story 3” shares her rough sketches and ideas with the director. Instead of criticizing the sketch, the director will build on the starting point by saying something like: “I like Woody’s eyes, and what if his eyes rolled left?”

Netflix’s method for delivering employee feedback

Stop-Start-Continue is another employee feedback model that was popularized by Netflix. In this drill, each person tells a colleague one thing they should start doing, one thing they should stop doing, and one thing they’re doing really well and should keep doing.

Netflix also created a system for sending “Stop, Start, Continue” feedback to anyone at the company once a year. The company picked an annual feedback day and asked that everybody send their comments, in “Stop, Start, Continue” format to everyone they had feedback for.

For those who want to know more

If you’re looking for more great tips for managing employees, sign up for our FREE 7 days email course: Short Leaderships Tips for Managers!

5 Great Recruitment Marketing Tactics You Should Be Using

Want to attract top talent? Check out the list of the great recruitment marketing tactics you should be using…but you probably aren’t.

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Want to attract top talent?

In a candidate driven job market, HR professionals have to be innovative in order to attract top talent’s attention.

This is where recruitment marketing comes in. Recruitment marketing is HR’s latest tool for attracting candidates. By applying marketing methods in recruiting, you can get candidates interested in your company and eager to apply for your open positions.

➡️ Download free eBook: Most Productive Recruitment Marketing Strategies!

Recruitment marketing can help you differentiate your company. Using proven marketing tactics, you can attract candidates attention and get them to apply to your open job positions.

In the following text, you will discover 5 effective recruitment marketing tactics your probably aren’t using – yet!

Top 5 recruitment marketing tactics

Here are the top 5 smart recruitment marketing tactics:

Tactic #1: Create diversified recruitment content

One of the best ways to attract your ideal candidates is with interesting and useful recruitment content. There is a myriad of different types of recruitment content for each step of the candidate’s journey. Here are a few examples:

  1. Blogs
  2. Emails
  3. Newsletter
  4. Videos
  5. Webinars
  6. White papers, case studies and eBooks
  7. Infographics, diagrams, flowcharts & graphs
  8. Checklists
  9. Mini games and competitions.

Tactic #2: Upgrade your career site

A perfect career site explains who your company is, what you do and contain information about your company culture, values and work environment. It also invites potential candidates to browse your open job positions and makes it easy for them to apply.

When was the last time you updated your career site? I don’t mean job ads. Did you publish the photos of your new office? Updated your employee page? Added new perks and benefits? Make sure to keep your career site up to date!

Tactic #3: Use social media

Social media recruiting is another important tactic used in recruitment marketing. You can use social media to find great candidates and promote your recruitment content.

You should start by building a social media recruitment strategy. You should also get familiar with the best tips for recruiting on the most popular social media networks: LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Tactic #4: Utilize employee advocacy

Encourage your employees to become your employer brand ambassadors. Ask them to write an article for your career blog, take photos of everyday life at your office and share it on social media, explain why they like to work at your company in a video or write a review of your company on Glassdoor.

Tactic #5: Experiment!

Measure the results of your recruitment marketing tactics. Once you find areas you want to improve, start experimenting to see what gets you the best results. You can use A/B testing, test different landing pages, job ads, calls to action, etc.

A specialized recruitment marketing software will enable you to automate, streamline and improve your recruitment marketing process. It is affordable, easy to use and our customers love it!

 

Top 5 HR Conferences to Attend in the Summer of 2019

Discover great HR conferences you should consider attending during hot, long summer months of 2019!  

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Best HR conferences to attend in the summer of 2019

If you’re looking for great HR conferences to attend in the summer of 2019, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of the 5 best HR conferences around the world that will take place in the summer of 2019!  

Top 5 summer HR conferences

Here is a list of the best HR conferences taking place in the summer of 2019 around the world:

1. HR 360 European Summit

Date: 4 – 5 June, 2019

Location: Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront, Wienna, Austria

Short description: HR360 is the meeting place for global and european HR leaders from the world’s biggest companies to share practical insights on how to boost the business bottom line. You can choose from more than 40 interactive sessions and listen to more than 50 speakers from IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Vodafone, etc.

2. CIPD Festival of Work

Date: 12 – 13 June 2019

Location: Olympia London, London, United Kingdom

Short description: The CIPD Festival of Work brings together two unmissable CIPD events, the Learning and Development and HR Software and Recruitment shows. The result is a pivotal event that will power your working future. This event has more than 160 speakers, 300 exhibitors and 7 000 attendees.

3. HR Leaders Summit Hong Kong

Date: 13 June, 2019

Location: New World Millennium Hotel Hong Kong

Short description: HR Leaders Summit Hong Kong is the country’s premier gathering of HR professionals. This event is perfect for industry leaders at South East Asia’s who are interested to hear the freshest insights, exchange big ideas and expand their professional network.

4. HR Tech Summit

Date: 18 – 19 June, 2019

Location: Toronto, Enercare Centre Toronto

Short description: HR Tech Summit is Canada’s leading independent HR tech event. This event will feature keynote presentations, industry panel discussions, a contemporary trade-expo, tech talk & tech demo stage, main stage, interactive workshops, thought-leadership interviews, engaging activities, entertainment and more.

5. SHRM19 Annual Conference & Exposition

Date: 23 – 26 June, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Short description: This conference offers more than 200 concurrent sessions on different topics such as Workplace Strategy, Technology, HR Leadership, Talent Management, Compensation & Benefits, etc. SHRM Exposition is the world’s largest HR marketplace which provides access to thousands of solutions-providers in every industry. Lionel Richie concert is also a part of this event!

Bonus HR conference: Visit Bali!

And now a special treat – a great HR conference in the beautiful Bali island!

4th Asia Pacific HR Forum will take place at the end of August in Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in Bali! The 4th Asia Pacific HR Forum in 2019 is one of serial events annually designed to educate, develop, update, share and inspire today’s industry professionals about people, market, business which can help to determine a strategic planning in organization related with people and business.

Choose your perfect summer HR conference

Attending these HR conferences is an incredibly fun way to learn about the latest HR industry trends, best practices and useful HR tools. It is also a unique opportunity to network with other HR professionals from around the world!   

We can’t think of a better way to spend those long summer nights. So what are you waiting for? Pick a few of these HR conferences and plan your perfect summer getaway! 🙂

What is the Average Salary of a Human Resources Manager?

Could you be earning more? Check out the benchmarks for a Human Resources manager position!

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Should you be earning more?

Are you an HR manager? How much are you earning? Could (and should) you be earning more? Check out the benchmark for the HR manager salary and find out!

We did extensive research to find out how much money do Human Resources managers make. We gathered the information and statistics from many different sources, including Glassdoor, Payscale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), etc.

What we found out is that the salary range for an HR manager position can be significantly different in different countries and across different industries, etc. With this in mind, let’s proceed by examining the average salary for Human Resources manager.

The average salary of an HR manager in the USA

  • Payscale reports that the average pay for a Human Resources (HR) Manager in the United States is $65,490 per year.

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  • Glassdoor reports that the national average salary for a Human Resources Manager is $76,464 per year in the United States.
  • According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for human resources managers was $113,300 in May 2018.
  • Data USA reports that the average yearly wage for Human resources managers was $85,939 in 2016.

The average salary of an HR manager in Canada

  • Neuvoo reports that the average Human Resources Manager salary in Canada is $77,006 per year or $39.49 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $45,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to $110,124 per year.
  • Payscale reports that the average pay for a Human Resources (HR) Manager in Canada is $68,698 per year.
  • Glassdoor reports that the national average salary for a Human Resources manager is CA$115,090 in Canada.

The average salary of an HR manager in the UK

  • Reed.co.uk reports that the average People Manager salary in the UK is £66,287 per year.
  • Glassdoor reports that the national average salary for a Human Resources manager is £46,520 per year in the United Kingdom.
  • Payscale reports that the average pay for a Human Resources (HR) manager is £35,628 per year in the United Kingdom.
  • Indeed UK reports that the average salary for a Human Resources Manager is £42,446 per year in the United Kingdom.

Conclusion:

The average compensation for an HR manager is around $80,000 per year in the USA and Canada and around £50,000 per year in the UK.

10 Best International Job Boards

Check out the list of the best job boards for international hiring!

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Why use international job boards?

Advertising your open job positions on the right job boards is the first step in finding qualified candidates.This may be especially hard if you need to fill many different positions in multiple locations around the world.

This is where international job boards come in. International job boards are the job boards and job posting sites that operate in many regions within countries around the world.

Employers who want to reach and attract candidates in many different countries around the world should consider using these job boards to advertise their open job positions.

List of the best international job boards

This list of the best international job boards includes many free options, as well as niche boards to help you fill roles faster.

Check out the list of the 10 leading international job boards:

1. Indeed

Indeed is the #1 external source of hire and provides 6 times more hires than any other job site. 200 million people from more than 60 countries visit Indeed every month, giving you access to the most talent in every field. You can post your jobs for free on Indeed. You can also pay to promote your job postings and reach more qualified candidates faster.

2. Glassdoor

Glassdoor is the world’s largest career community. 64 millions of job seekers from 190 countries visit Glassdoor monthly. You can post your job openings on Glassdoor for free. You can also pay for job ads that use a matching algorithm, so the right people see your jobs. You pay only when an ad delivers a candidate to your career center.

3. Monster

Monster is a global online employment solution used by job seekers and employers in more than 40 countries. To advertise one open job position on Monster for a month, you’ll have to pay $279. With Monster Premium Job Ads your job postings are automatically distributed to 500+ sites. Monster can also help you target both active and passive candidates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist is an old school style, classified ads website that operates in more than 70 countries. It is also used as a very popular job posting site. Unfortunately, you can no longer post your job openings for free on Craigslist. For job postings in selected areas you’ll have to pay form $10 to  $75 (fee varies by area).

5. CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder is a global online employment website. You can find CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. To advertise one job opening for one month on CareerBuilder, you’ll have to pay $219. You’ll also get resume database access to search for relevant candidates

6. Dice

Dice is a leading job board for tech and engineering professionals in North America and Continental Europe. Dice has more than 2 millions of unique tech professionals visitors monthly. Promoting your job post on Dice and within 3000 partner sites for 30 days will cost you $395. You can also pay extra to reach up to 1,500 targeted professionals with a custom email promoting your open positions.

7. Upwork

Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. Upwork operates in over 170 countries.Upwork makes it fast, simple, and cost-effective to find, hire, work with, and pay the best professionals anywhere, any time. You can post your job openings for free on Upwork. You can also pay hourly or fixed-price and receive invoices through Upwork.

8. Gigajob

Gigajob is one of the leading online job portals with local sites in more than 100 countries and many different languages. You can use Gigajob without having to pay anything at all. At Gigajob basic ads are always free of charge. All Gigajob ads are active for 30 days. You can also search Gigajob’s extensive online resume database.

9. CareerJet

Careerjet is a job search engine. Careerjet’s job search engine network encompasses over 90 countries, featuring separate interfaces that are translated into 28 languages. You can publish your job openings directly on Careerjet for a price of $100. For that price, your job postings will be featured in the top search results and you can get quality applications directly to your inbox.

10. Dribbble

Dribbble is one of the largest global design and product communities and a destination for millions of designers and design enthusiasts every month. It also has #1 job bboard in the world for hiring designers and creative professionals. It will cost you $299 to advertise a single  job opening on Dribbble for a month.

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How Does Google Interview Candidates?

What is Google’s secret? How does Google manage to choose the top talent in their interviewing process?

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Interviews at Google

Did you ever wonder what a job interview at Google is like? How does Google manage to choose the top talent in their interviewing process?

Their big secret is called – structured interviewing.

According to Google, structured interviewing simply means using the same interviewing methods to assess candidates applying for the same job.

Structured job interview definition by Google

Google defines structured interviewing as using the same interview questions, grading candidate responses on the same scale, and making hiring decisions based on consistent, predetermined qualifications.

Structured interviewing is a process where candidates are asked a consistent set of questions and clear criteria are used to assess the quality of responses. Structured interviews are used all the time in survey research.

The idea is that any variation in candidate assessment is a result of the candidate’s performance, not because an interviewer has higher or lower standards, or asks easier or harder questions.

Why does Google use structured interviews?

Research shows that structured interviews can be predictive of candidate performance, even for jobs that are themselves unstructured. The benefits of structured interviewing, including increased predictive validity and reduced adverse impact, have been well documented by academic research over the last 20 years.

Google’s hiring team decided to experiment with a structured interviewing and they found that:

  • Structured interviews are better at indicating who will do well on the job
  • Interviewers are happier and saving time
  • Structured interviews make candidates happier as well.

Why don’t you use structured interviews?

Why don’t more organizations use structured interview questions?

Well, they are hard to develop. You have to write them, test them, and make sure interviewers stick to them.

Research has also shown that interviewers generally think they’re good at interviewing. Surely many of them like to think they’re excellent judges of character.

But when it comes to hiring, trusting your gut can be detrimental. Research shows that during first encounters we make unconscious judgments heavily influenced by unconscious biases and beliefs.

Using structured interviews in your hiring process can help you choose the best candidates and ensure a better candidate experience.

If you want to learn how to develop and conduct a successful structured job interviews, check out The Ultimate Guide for Conducting Structured Job Interviews!