July 18th, 2019 by ifi-admin
Humor in the workplace is not a lightweight topic during a tight employment market. With the unemployment rate at a low point of about 3.6% nationally last month, employers need to examine their corporate culture to attract top talent. Factors like a “high fun-quotient” carry serious weight in winning over recruits. Humor in the workplace can also improve employee wellbeing, foster team-building, and increase productivity while reducing healthcare costs.
Why So Serious?
Babies laugh 400 times a day. The average person over age 35 laughs an average of 15 times on each weekday, according to Gallup. Something tragic has happened on our way to the work world: we’ve lost our sense of humor. While humor might be tragedy plus time (according to Mark Twain), this tragedy is no laughing matter. Fostering the use of humor in the workplace may feel like walking a tightrope in
terms of good taste, but the payoff is substantial. Read the rest of this entry »
June 25th, 2019 by ifi-admin
Data science, data engineering and data analytics are broad, ambiguous terms that describe a long list of skills and job titles in the realm of data analytics.
“From the 30,000 foot view, a data scientist needs a mastery of the tools and techniques to access, transform, analyze and leverage the data collected by their organization,” said Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.
“When hiring data scientists or analysts, it’s important to know the roles that these people will fill and their purpose.”
A good data strategy requires a number of qualified individuals dedicated to each stage of the process from collecting, to warehousing, to analyzing and to using that data to transform the business. This means building a team of people who can write algorithms, manage and collate data, interpret the data and communicate it to key stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »
April 16th, 2019 by ifi-admin
Scott Wintrip presented the keynote speech recently at the NPAWorldwide’s* annual conference on the topic of “Just-in-Time Talent.” This topic inspired us to round up top tips to help improve your company’s speed in talent acquisition.
Is Your Hiring Process Up To Speed?
Hiring technically talented individuals in today’s incredibly tight market is difficult, labor-intensive, and stressful. Worse, quite often all that hard work goes to waste because by the time you’re ready to make an offer to a candidate, he or she is already off the market, scooped up by your competitor.
“It’s extremely competitive out there. If your company’s employment process can’t adapt to agile hiring practices, there’s a good chance you could lose out on the best candidates,” says Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.
“Time invested in creating a well-designed, fast, efficient hiring process pays great dividends in team building. It also communicates the kind of corporate culture candidates seek,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »
April 1st, 2019 by ifi-admin
In LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Trends survey and report, more than half (57%) of the companies surveyed said they struggled to assess soft skills. At the same time, 80% said soft skills were increasingly important to company success, with 92% reporting that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills. In the age of automation and AI, workers need to possess creativity, adaptability, and collaboration skills. And if they don’t, they may become the dreaded “bad hire” that not only wastes time and money, but also jeopardizes company productivity, quality and reputation. Read the rest of this entry »
February 11th, 2019 by ifi-admin
In our last employer post, we discussed top reasons to offer telecommuting to help attract technically talented candidates. In this edition, we’ll examine some of the reasons telecommuters outperform office workers, review some of the pitfalls of telecommuting and evaluate best practices to counter those pitfalls. Read the rest of this entry »
January 4th, 2019 by ifi-admin
In recent articles, we’ve discussed the benefits of offering perks to attract highly talented technical professionals, as well as the importance placed by candidates on the availability of flex-time and telecommuting. Now we’ll delve into ways telecommuting might work for your company in 2019. Read the rest of this entry »
December 17th, 2018 by ifi-admin
On behalf of Phoenix Partners, I wish all our clients and candidates a joyful, re-energizing holiday season.
Since we’re always interested in the topics of work-life balance, employee engagement, and productivity, we thought we’d round up a list of fun facts about taking time off from work. Enjoy!
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October 2nd, 2018 by ifi-admin
As fourth quarter rolls out, the rate of unemployment continues to decline in the Delaware Valley, increasing the steady pressure on talent acquisition. Year over year, the unemployment rate has dropped from 4.8% in 2017 to 4.1%, as reported last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The year-end countdown has begun with the waning sunlight, leaving companies in a time crunch to find highly skilled technical candidates to fill open positions or risk losing the budgeted allocation. Read the rest of this entry »
August 28th, 2018 by ifi-admin
In a climate where technical talent is in high demand, no stone should go unturned in the search for ideal candidates. However, your company may be missing out on a third to half of the talent pool if your hiring process, like most, favors extroverts.
While unintentional in most cases, extrovert bias is a natural outflow from an emphasis on interview performance. It’s easier to want to give the job to a candidate who exudes confidence and charisma and responds adeptly to curveball questions.
“Extroverts are more accomplished at describing their value. With soft-skills being an important element for teamwork, it’s tempting for hiring managers to favor people who seem the most pro-social,” says Kay Durkin, founder of Phoenix Partners.
“However, in technical fields, introverts with a capacity for complex problem-solving are often better suited to many positions.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2018 by ifi-admin
This summer hiring managers and human resources personnel, together with Independent Recruiters, are feeling the squeeze. Midsummer was once the season for long walks in the sand, sunsets at the cottage or lazy days on the boat, but in 2018, the talent war has not paused to draw a breath.
With the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a 2.3% jobless rate for managers/professional workers, it’s little wonder.
Globally, employers continue to struggle to find workers with the right skills. According to ManpowerGroup’s 2018 Talent Shortage Survey, almost half of US employers (46%) said they can’t find the candidates with the skills they need, up from 32% in 2015. Many of the toughest positions to fill are categories of special interest to Phoenix Partners and its clientele, including Engineers (#3), IT (#6), and White Collar professionals (#8). Read the rest of this entry »