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! 🙂

 

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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.

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! 🙂

The Top Must-Have 10 Recruiting Software in 2019 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Check out the infographic with the top 10 must-have recruiting software in 2019!

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List of the top must-have recruiting software in 2019

Which different types of HR tools do successful HR professionals and recruiters use to up their recruiting game?

Here is the list of the top 10 must have recruiting software that can completely change the way you attract, find, choose and hire top talent.

Infographic: Top 10 must-have recruiting software in 2019

Here are the top 10 must have recruiting software nicely put in one handy infographic:

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Recruiting software #1: Applicant Tracking System

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) serves as a database with all of the applicants’ profiles, it helps interview scheduling, candidate screening and evaluation and enables easy team collaboration and communication.

Recruiting software #2: Recruitment Marketing Software

Recruitment Marketing Software offers features for implementing the most important recruitment marketing important strategies, such as employer branding and social media recruiting. With this software, you can also create your perfect career site based on your needs and your brand identity.

Recruiting software #3: Candidate Relationship Management Software

Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) Software Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) Software helps recruiters to achieve timely, relevant and personalized communication with their current and potential future job candidates.

Recruiting software #4: Candidate Sourcing Software

Candidate Sourcing Software is a recruitment software specialized in finding qualified candidates. With Candidate Sourcing Software, recruiters can scan millions of online profiles to retrieve passive and active candidates’ details including email addresses, resumes and more.

Recruiting software #5: Video Interviewing Software

Video Interviewing Software enables recruiters to conduct distance live video interviews with candidates from anywhere around the world, quickly and easily.

Recruiting software #6: Candidate Assessment and Testing Software

With Candidate Assessment and Testing Software, employers can quickly and easily test their candidates’ knowledge, technical and soft skills and traits needed for success in a certain job position.

Recruiting software #7: Employee Referral Software

With Employee Referral Software, you can create and send engaging employee referral campaigns and ask your employees to recommend suitable candidates for job positions you are looking to fill.

Recruiting software #8: Background Check Software

A Background Check Software is a specialized software created to automate an employment background check and perform a reliable search of a criminal background and do a thorough vetting of new staff before hiring.

Recruiting software #9: Employee Advocacy Software

An Employee Advocacy Software is a specialized recruitment tool created to help companies turn their employees into their employer brand ambassadors and share curated, pre-approved content across their social network in a fast and simple way.

Recruiting software #10: Job Boards and Aggregators

Job Boards are websites where employers directly post their open job positions.

Job Aggregators are websites that search the web and collect job ads from multiple sources and display them on their site, linking them to the original job ad.

 

A Dipstick On Present and Future Status Of HR Tech

From the time when individuals were reluctant to use the technology to now, when the influx of automation, AI, and machine learning, have shaken the technology for all the good reasons; we have indeed come a long way! These multifarious technological advancements have impacted the HR technology too. The methodology used for employing individuals and managing their stay at the organisation has got a whole new definition.

In this blog, I walk you through the current scenario of HR Tech. Apparently, the status of HR tech is great but technology can never settle the way it is. There is always scope for enhancements and proliferation. So, the statistics, evolution and trends, let’s glance at all of them.

Statistics-

The numbers are on a hike and hence supporting the current HR tech landscape. The future of HR tech seems to be quite promising as the experts have claimed that the current valuation of the HR market is somewhere around 10 to 30 billion dollars. The same is a result of the constant disruption in the HR technology for the better. This is why more and more SMEs have started investing in the HR software to keep up with the pace. In the coming years, it is believed that by the year 2021, the market will see a boom of at least $34 billion dollars.

Furthermore, the HCM in the coming future is going to see the investment of around 20 billion dollars. On the other hand, the estimated value of payroll software is $8 billion.

Evolution-

The past few decades have focused only on improving attendance and payroll software. However, now, the arena has spread to all the facets of HR including performance and engagement management. The focus has now shifted more to improving the employee experience and using data & analytics to fetch actionable insights. Moreover, predictive analysis is increasingly helping HR in reducing the attrition rate and increasing engagement. Furthermore, the advancements have also improved accessibility thereby promoting better tab on activities. Also, by measuring the performance frequently, the employees stay motivated and the productivity keeps surging.

Upcoming Trends-

In the near future, HR’s will witness a powerful uplift in data and analytics. Besides, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation will continue to flourish. Apart from aiming to end more and more manual and redundant tasks, the HR tech will aim towards formulating ways to increase productivity and reduce the time taken to complete various tasks.

The Final Word-

The HR and payroll software have had their own share of pitfalls but the level of ease that the HR software has brought into the lives of not just HR but also the employer and employees has surpassed all of that.

There is no denial to the fact that HR tech is growing rapidly. It has emerged as a powerful combination of automation and AI. With the trends that are booming right now, the HR veterans are eagerly waiting to see how the trends will unfold over months and years to come.

Why Performance Reviews Are Critical for Small Businesses

There are certain advantages a small business has that a large multi-national corporation simply cannot, by its very nature, posses. Namely, these are a certain warmth, personality, a sense of being natural… However, perhaps the most important aspect is this – flexibility. Namely, a small business can change, shift, turn. Just compare an elegant mini cooper with a semi.

And for this reason, a small business can utilize performance reviews much better. Namely, performance reviews have gotten a bad rap as being just annoying, bureaucratic by-the-numbers sessions. This is because big companies can’t handle doing this properly, either because of their size, or simply not caring. However, having a small, dedicated team, means that you can do a performance review on a regular basis, and it also means that they have a much greater effect. Below are the reasons why these are just so important.

Time for praise (and error correction)

The entire point of performance reviews are to assess the performance and efficacy of a certain employee. How well did they do their work, how had are they working, how are they handling any pressure that may have been added to their plate.

Performance reviews present a time where you can reward good behaviour, and where bad behaviour can be corrected. Let’s face it, a busy business owner has a lot of thing on his or her mind. This means you simply forget things, even stuff as important as letting some employees know just how good of a job they are doing. It’s a great opportunity to provide some kind of reward as well. It also helps you sit down and see what one person is doing wrong.

Think of this as an opportunity bot to praise and correct your staff, as well as serving as a reminder for you to do so.

 

Helps with goals

Without goals, you are practically rudderless. Goals are something one should strive towards, one should move towards. With proper goals, you know where you are going. In turn, you then know if you’re on the right track or not. With this in mind, think of performance reviews as an opportunity to speak to employees about goals, both theirs, and how they integrate with the goals of the company.

In fact, setting goals is something any company (or for that matter, any individual) should do as soon as possible. By figuring out the goals of an employee, or by helping this person figure them out, you get to see how motivated they are, and how well they can mesh with your company. An ambitious, driven person who wants to start a family in the same town your local business is located in is much more dependable than a person who wants to travel as much as he or she can, without thinking too much into the future. On the other hand, this same vagabondish individual is perfect for positions that require travelling and going out of town.

With this in mind, it helps you figure out why certain people just don’t perform as well as they could, and can help you understand how to get good employees even better.

 

Forces you to reassess

Having performance reviews done regularly helps you take a look at your company, and see where you are right now. It forces you to sit down and analyse what is happening within your company, and how you can improve further on along the way. Perhaps your own leadership skills are not up to snuff, or you may have some other issues you need to attend to.

Juggling too many things at once can make life difficult for any business owner. Getting proper smb management solutions, instead of creating them yourself alone, can help you push forward with your company, and lighting a part of the workload you have. This can make reassessments easier, and make it simpler to integrate performance reviews into your reassessment protocols.

The carrot and the stick

Motivation is obviously important, as we’ve mentioned. But, with regular performance reviews, you can keep some less than stellar employees on their toes, while giving good ones something to look forward to. If they know that you actually care about their performance and intend to review it, both problematic employees and star workers will go the extra mile to give you their all.

And remember, always praise in public, scold in private, if you want to keep your people motivated. Scolding people in public will make your staff be afraid of making mistakes in the future, which will paradoxically lead to mistakes, or will stifle creativity. On the other hand, praising in public boosts morale of an employee even more than if you were to just sit down with them.

Conclusion

Performance reviews are important and useful, especially for small businesses. As a small business, you have a greater impact when dealing with your employees, and can influence them more, both positively and negatively.

How Can Technology Impact HR Practices?

The advent of digitalization and smartphone usage has impacted every department in every company. This also includes human resources. Outsourcing work is becoming the norm instead of just being innovation and the role of an HR department changed accordingly. The 2019 HCM Trend report, developed by leading HR market analysts, states that global HR technology venture capital was increased to $3.1 billion this year, tripling the cash invested in 2017.

As new HR technology solutions emerge, there is a certain tech boom on the rise that is transforming the way we do the job and our opinions about HR. This impact is twofold. Firstly, it’s shifting the attention of HR managers from managing the workforce to driving profits for the business. And secondly, it offers various tools for better management and engagement of talents in the company.

Mobile Apps are coming

The real Internet revolution came with smartphones, not with desktop computers. And mobiles will probably dominate the HR landscape this year. As more workers across different departments seek access to applications via smartphones, businesses are reshaping their HR system to better accommodate this. For this type of functionally to work, companies must consider HR applications with the mobilization process and the interface the workers are searching for.

Additionally, we can see new trends appearing such as applications that streamline the basic work of HR departments. Nowadays smartphone apps are a must for every application a business develops.

Analytics are making performance management better

Performance management – one of the crucial HR functions. HR professionals have been for long driven this process by monitoring performance, regularly reviewing employees and collecting supervisory feedback. Now, technology enables a streamlined process that eliminates unwanted steps. But the next big boom is coming with a data-driven performance management process.

We will see a fast and widespread adoption of people analytics that will help the HR department with making decisions about the workforce. This raw data from analytics can be utilized to build actionable insights and to support the decision making about compensations, promotions, developments, success plans and to create agile cross-functional team staffs.

HR will able to apply analytics to sentiment data gathered from thousands of interactions between workers and managers as a part of the performance management process. By analyzing such sentiment data HR will be able to create ample opportunities for coaching and enable managers and workers to increase their performance.

Helps with organizing business events

Gone are the days of manually organizing business parties and events. Nowadays technology is starting to help with even mundane tasks such as organizing a business event. Numerous event ticketing platforms offer tools that simplify the running of events and community building.

These platforms make from your event a singular experience, guide you throughout the whole process, from checking in, to on-event activities, to post-event analysis. They ease the process of event organizing allowing you to do it faster and better so you can focus on the other aspects of your business.

Social media is changing the game

Social media is playing a more active role in HR nowadays, particularly when it comes to recruitment. A quarter of companies are utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for recruitment. These platforms can not only be used for recruitment, but also for worker engagement. They’re also being assessed as a fundamental source for businesses to reach their HR goals.

Companies can use social media platforms to reach a target audience for job postings or other company related information. Some enterprises are even known to share their company’s success story through posts, photos, and blog posts. Vice versa, job seekers actively research companies on these platforms while searching for work.

Social media enables numerous benefits for an HR department and lets them be in touch with emerging trends, news, and technologies. They can be used as a medium for relationship nurturing when you share industry knowledge on them. Aforementioned reasons have made from these channels an ideal place to engage employees, nurture relationships and increase communication in the workplace. Many businesses are thinking about the integration of these platforms with their applications, instead of developing their own enterprise apps.

New trends and technologies will play a vital role in reshaping human resources management software and operations from managing personnel to business execution, but they won’t start it. HR managers must be the ones to leverage and scale this technology in order to drive real values for the company.

Digital technologies will facilitate greater degree of flexibility and integration, hence allowing workers a bigger voice to share their work experience. They may also disrupt human resources and redefine their future development. The HR who accommodate to these changes more quickly will enable their companies to become smarter and bigger. Culture management and employee engagement will be the factors that will drive HR in this ever-changing landscape.

How New Tech Is Revolutionizing HR

Human Resources is often looked upon as a sort of necessary evil in every business. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, as cutting-edge technology is helping HR departments in companies of all sizes evolve into a field that is equally relevant and innovative.

Tech including artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are helping to streamline HR processes, while cybersecurity is taking the front seat where company data and privacy is concerned. Here’s what you need to know about how an HR department can harness the power of new tech to change its influence and impact within companies, and by extension its reputation as a whole.

The Role of Cybersecurity

A big part of the job in HR is keeping employee personal data secure. In our digital age, it’s easier than ever for cyberthieves to hack into data systems. That’s where cybersecurity comes into play.

As an HR professional, it’s your job to hire individuals who are educated in the latest technologies and equipped to protect the organizations they work for. This can be especially challenging if you have staff members working remotely.

Remote workers are increasingly becoming the norm rather than the exception, with more than 40 percent of workers reporting that they perform some remote duties. As an HR rep, it’s your job to clarify policies and provide resources for remote employees so that they understand how to protect themselves, as well as company data, while working remotely. It’s also your job to anticipate and identify potential security issues before they turn into a major problem.

Your company may even consider putting together a cybersecurity team to address today’s security needs. A cybersecurity team is made up of individuals who are trained in information sciences and cybersecurity. Typically, those professionals are up-to-date on the latest equipment and technologies in order to effectively perform their duties.

Some companies are taking the cybersecurity hiring process even further by designing and building a cybersecurity control room. This move highlights the vital role a cybersecurity team plays in day-to-day operations. HR professionals should work closely with their cybersecurity team in order to answer any question that may arise.

AI and HR Analytics

AI has been changing the way we work for several years, but we’re only starting to see how it can help streamline the field of HR. The technology is meant to work in tandem with human processes, effectively doing three things:

  • Amplifying human function
  • Automating tasks
  • Augmenting human capabilities

AI use in HR starts with the hiring process. Automated software can help narrow down candidates without bias, based on information provided by potential hires. This is where amplifying comes in, as automated screening amps up the capabilities of HR professionals.

With AI, corporate training and payroll are augmented and automated. The use of AI reduces the chance of human error and keeps HR reps accountable for the data collected and processed. AI also allows for better tracking and accountability of remote workers.

Utilizing AI is a smart move for every business since the technology is becoming so ubiquitous. According to Personnel Today, nearly 40 percent of businesses were already using AI in some form as of 2017. A further 62 percent said that they expected to adopt AI into their business model in the near future.

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Beyond

Payroll is an intrinsic part of the job for many HR professionals. And in today’s landscape of digital payments and other currency forms, payroll may seem more complicated than it has in the past.

If your business has remote workers on your payroll, chances are some of them are part of the emerging bitcoin and blockchain revolution. But what does that mean for you? Put simply, bitcoin is a form of digital currency, and a blockchain is an encrypted digital ledger of those funds.

Data indicates that about 28 million people around the world have a blockchain wallet. On the business end, more than $110 million in bitcoin payments are made every month. These numbers are growing, and HR professionals should have at least a basic understanding of blockchain technology.

Savvy business owners and HR techs should keep payment methods flexible and able to incorporate bitcoin and blockchain as needed. There are now more than 1000 types of digital currency that can end up in a blockchain, worth a grand total of more than $22 billion. That’s a number that’s hard to ignore.

While your company may be years away from adopting blockchain technology, it may be prudent to put together employee training sessions that revolve around digital currency, including bitcoin.

Final Thoughts

Our modern digital age has brought numerous, exciting changes to the realm of HR. Corporate data privacy issues and security training are increasingly part of an HR rep’s job description, alongside recruitment and payroll. Those duties are becoming easier, thanks to the automation, innovation, and augmentation found in new tech such as AI and blockchain.

How Office Design Can Inspire Employees and Keep Them Motivated

Close to one-third of your life will be spent in your chosen profession, in some cases probably more than that. If you’re going into a traditional office environment for work Monday through Friday, then you’ll be spending that third in the same place looking at the same walls for close to 90,000 hours. There’s a good chance that the way your work environment is designed can greatly impact how you feel coming in each day.

Office design is crucial for boosting employee morale and efficiency. People are more likely to accomplish more in a day if they enjoy the space that they’re in, which is why a modern design and comfortable atmosphere is key. You can feel free to embrace your company’s brand personality within the office as well — for example, if you’re a whimsical company, play with space to create that sense.

By creating a desirable atmosphere, you’ll be helping employees feel their best so they can work their best. You’ll also be helping to promote an office culture that takes regular breaks, believes in being comfortable while working, and offers employees the best environment you can. Your team will appreciate being in a space they enjoy and your company will see the results.

Design Impacts Productivity

You may not have initially realized it, but the actual floor plan of your company can communicate goals and objectives to your team. You’ll need to thoroughly understand and analyze your company’s needs and standards for the day-to-day workflow in order to design the best possible floor plan. Think of it like this: if your company needs teams to collaborate together frequently, you’ll want an open floor plan over rows of cubicles.

You’ll also want to be sure you’re incorporating encouragement to take breaks as a healthy work-life balance is important for equally healthy workers. Putting in a comfortable and accessible break room will encourage employees to take their regularly scheduled breaks and lunch hours. It may also be worth it to stock snacks regularly in the break room to further facilitate people spending time in there.

Between allowing coworkers to collaborate and talk with one another easily, and providing a comfortable place to take regular breaks, you’ll be giving your teams the best resources to be energized and encouraged in their day-to-day work. Just like the life of each team member, your office should be balanced and efficient — not burnt out and tired. In this way, the design of your office not only communicates objectives, but values.

Stand Out From the Crowd

Of course, you also don’t want your office to look just like everyone else’s. Having an office that stands out in people’s minds from others they’ve seen can be a competitive draw when hiring new talent. Remember: people are planning on spending 40 hours a week in their offices, they’re going to take design into account when deciding whether or not to work with your company.

One way to stand out is to bring a little greenery into the office and not just the run-of-the-mill office fern we see so much. Succulents are low-maintenance, come in many varieties, and can add a modern touch to any office. Also, it’s been shown that offices with greenery can boost positive physiological impacts in the people who work there.

Finally, consider hiring a local artist or muralist to create art especially for your office. Facebook, for example, has been commissioning artists to paint in its office since 2005 and the project has since expanded into a full-on artist residency program. Art can make your office unique while bringing in a diverse view of the world that can help to inspire your teams throughout the week.

Tips and Tricks

There is no wrong way to design your office, but going in with a plan is always a good idea. You should decide what kind of ambiance you want to create for your employees. For example, if you want the office to feel cozy and comfortable, installing a fireplace in a shared area could be a great place for people to curl up and enjoy their lunch or plug away on a project for the afternoon.

If you’re looking for a space that’s more sleek and modern, then clean lines and a strict color palette can help maintain this. You may also want to consider custom tables that you can design to your specifications to match the tone of each room in the office. It’s really all about what you want to evoke in people as they enter each room and set to work for the day.

Finally, having accessible entryways and ergonomic seating is always a must when it comes to employee access and safety. Working in an office may not seem like it’s dangerous, necessarily, but injuries like back pain and carpal tunnel are common if not given the proper positioning and seating. You also want to make it possible for all types of people to enter the workplace — for both employees and potential clients.

Overall, creating a beautiful and inviting office environment is worth the investment. You’ll have an easier time attracting new talent because they’ll want to be in the space you’ve created. Additionally, your current employees will be happier and more relaxed at work, helping to improve your company overall.