10 team building activities to do virtually
In the span of a week the majority of us - at least those in non-essential services - have moved from bustling office spaces to the (surprisingly small!) confines of our homes. We’ve been cut off from our routines, separated from coworkers, and left to manage this new landscape without much guidance or time to adjust.
If you’re anything like me, you’re already beginning to feel the lack of human interaction. As salespeople, my team and I are avid extroverts and we usually perform best when in close proximity to one another.
To help ease the transition, we’ve come up with ten ways to keep team morale and cohesion high. These tips are all free, easy, and not especially time-consuming. Plus, you know, they’re actually pretty fun.
1. Share what you’re grateful for
This is something we’re trying to adopt ourselves, difficult as it may sometimes be to see a silver lining. At the beginning o...
My colleagues and friends will tell you that compromise has never been my strong suit; I’ve always believed in either doing something to the absolute best of my ability or not doing it at all. Throughout my career that has led to working 60+ hour weeks, never taking a full day off, and consistently pushing myself to be the best I can be.
After my first born, I continued to find success. I actually (shocking even myself!) had my highest earning year ever. All it took was an exhausting amount of dedication, sleepless months, a very careful balancing act, and a well-established support system. Simple enough, right?
Of course sacrifices had to be made, but I decided that neither my career nor my relationship with my daughter would be compromised. Instead of sacrificing my job, I expanded my life.
I’m now pregnant with my second child and struggling to prepare for the demands of two children, a challenging career, and a husband who travels 24/7. How can I best take care of my d...
How I hit a record performance in my first year as a working mom
Hiring managers will thumb through hundreds of applications, pay hefty advertising fees, and employ multiple internal and external recruiters in an effort to build the best team. All that work, when a simple thank you can often do just as much (if not more) for your hiring goals.
Hiring managers: you can interview as many candidates as you like, but if you aren’t expressing authentic gratitude during the process, you’re likely to lose your best candidates to your competitors.
The same can be said of candidates: if you’re not investing emotional energy in your future manager and recruiter, they’ll never fight to get you the best salary or benefits.
I’ve personally experienced the power of a simple thank you and I’ve seen what it can do for your professional development. Here’s how gratitude can transform your hiring process:
The Career-Changing Power of a Simple Thank You
1. Happy employees don’t leaveShowing gratitude is the easiest way to keep your team hap...
You and your hiring team need to quickly and accurately assess the merits of a given candidate without involving them in a prolonged interview process, during which time they’re likely to find work elsewhere or lose interest.
It all starts with asking the right questions. Don’t waste time on surface-level conversation; instead, develop a series of thought-provoking prompts that, when used effectively, will naturally reveal your candidate's character, values, skills, and motivations.
6 Must-Ask Questions To Hire Stars
1. "Tell me about an instance where you’ve been #1"
School, sports, work - this prompt can be taken in a number of different directions depending on the person you're interviewing. Regardless of how they choose to answer, the response will clue you in to their relationship to hard work, commitment, and success. Can they put in the hours, the effort, the emotional investment in order to be the best?
We find this q...
After multiple phone-screens and in-person interviews, the candidate accepts your offer. You begin to schedule on-boardings and trainings with various managers. The office is buzzing with excitement not only for the new addition, but for the opportunity to offload the extra work the team has taken on to compensate for a long-vacant position.
Day one comes and no one shows up. Day two, three, four - no word. Sound familiar?
According to a newly released Indeed survey, one in five workers will ghost on their first day. This statistic is backed by my own recruiting experience - in the past month I’ve personally had two professionals completely disappear after accepting an offer.
I know what you’re thinking; those ghosters must be low-skill workers accepting junior positions. Yet Proven Recruiting’s last two perpetrators were both Senior Accountants. In fa...
The ghosting phenomenon: how to read the signs
Failing to spark someone’s interest in the span of a few short seconds can mean a perfectly qualified professional will skip your job and apply for another.
Writing fun, smart, incisive job posts is part of our everyday work as recruiters. Given that it takes, on average, 80+ days to fill a professional role, you can’t afford to miss out on the right person.
We’ve developed a system to make each post unique and engaging without the need to spend unnecessary time or energy crafting a literary masterpiece for every role. Here’s how it works:
First, consider the big picture
How-to guide: writing engaging job posts
BrandingJob posts don’t exist in a vacuum - they’re a vital extension of your company that will be seen and judged by thousands of people in your industry. Maintainin...
In true Los Angeles fashion, LA businesses have taken a concept that is by definition over the top - elaborate, out of the box office designs - to a whole new level. Think massive indoor murals, so-called ‘innovation centers,’ and office-wide skate parks.
We’re not just talking Fortune 500 companies; small and mid-sized businesses are making a serious play for this year’s trendiest office.
Which offices made the cut this year?
LA’s Trendiest Offices of 2019
1. HutchIn 2017 Hutch was forced to move offices, giving them the perfect opportunity to put their interior design app to the test. Could it help them to create a bright and inspiring office spac...
Hiring for diversity doesn’t happen by accident. Left to their own devices, most companies will simply replicate their current workforce, whatever that means for them. It’s only natural for Managers, Directors, and Executives to want to surround themselves with that which is familiar - to do otherwise requires concerted effort, strategy, and self-awareness.
That’s where the Diversity Hiring Checklist comes in. This checklist has worked for us and for the companies we work with. If you follow it carefully, it will help you quickly boost your diversity efforts and start to effect real change:
5 proven ways to increase diversity hiring
The Diversity Hiring Checklist
1. Create an original diversity statementIt doesn’t need to be complex, but it does need to be unique to your company. Retire ...
Want to get in the head of your remote workforce? First you'll need to better understand what they're up against; what drives them, what puzzles them, and what (sometimes) prevents them from fully integrating into your team.
Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are more productive, more loyal, and work longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. In fact, a recent study saw productivity READ MORE
Remote work vs. engagement: the trick to motivating your remote workforce
Almost all recruiting websites have one thing in common: they are conspicuously silent when it comes to pricing.
We’re no different. Until now, we’ve never shared what you as a client should expect to pay. In the past we’ve been guilty of the same manipulations as other agencies - offering prolonged sales pitches and only very broad estimates.
But we’ve come to see the light. Sales pitches are clearly not what you want, so why pretend? What you want is simple - an answer to your question. That’s what you’ll find here.
How much will a recruiter cost my company?
What you can expect to payThink of your most recent hire - was the person easy to find? Probably not. That’s because unemployment has held steady at a 50-year historic low for most of 2018 and 2019. Job seekers have all the power and they’re exerting it to leverage better salaries, benefits, and bonuses. That’s what we both - you as a hiring manager and us as recruiters - are up against. And that’s what is determining and dr...