Talent Acquisition

In the war for talent organizations must develop a multi-layered talent acquisition approach in order to gain a competitive edge and attract coveted passive candidates. A talent acquisition strategy should be high-touch—engaging with candidates throughout the entire lifecycle from application to hire to onboard. Technology powers organizations to elevate the candidate experience. Social media channels offer the opportunity to deliver engaging content and reinforce employment branding to top talent.

Conquering Bias

Unconscious Bias

Five steps managers can implement to address unconscious bias in the workplace.

By Charlotte Blank

Business managers have become more aware of the potential for workplace bias following the Starbucks incident back in April which prompted Starbucks to close 8,000 of their stores to address an underlying bias issue. This then caused other companies to reevaluate how they solve major bias issues in their own workplaces. A common approach many firms take is called diversity training—programs devoted to increasing diversity and reducing bias through employee education. These initiatives are generally well-intentioned, and in high profile cases such as Starbucks, can serve to raise awareness for very important issues. There’s only one problem with them: They don’t work.

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The Face of Inclusion

Debbie Bolla

A roundup of CHROs and TA leaders share best-in-class D&I strategies.

By Debbie Bolla

The recent #MeToo movement shined a spotlight on the mistreatment of women and minorities in all realms of society, and the workplace was no exception. As cases continue to make headlines, they encourage organizations to rethink their polices and practices, with HR leading the charge to change. This crusade for fairness among all workers is clearly connected to an organization’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy.

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Actions with Impact

Diversity Screening

Bias in candidate screening remains a major obstacle to diversity, but AI-enabled technology can help.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The world economy is growing and diversity is growing with it. According to the U.S. Census, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group by 2044—and this will have a major impact on labor market demographics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the percentage of Hispanics in the workforce is expected to almost double by 2060 while the percentage of whites is expected to decrease by nearly 20 percent. In addition, rising labor participation rates among women, increasing numbers of millennials in the workplace, and continued growth of immigration are all making diversity a critical business consideration.

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Goodbye to Bias

Hiring Bias

Unconscious bias plagues hiring decisions, employee growth, productivity, and retention. Here are six strategies that help eliminate it.

By Michele McDermott

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that are formed outside conscious awareness. Often, backgrounds, experiences, societal stereotypes, and cultural context can impact people’s decisions and actions without them even realizing it. Brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. This is also referred to as a “mental blind spot.”

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Blockchain in Beta

Blockchain Recruitment

The biggest challenge to blockchain adoption is finding highly skilled workers.

By Monique Black

Blockchain is radically changing the world as we know it. The technology, best known for its role in recording Bitcoin transactions, is an encrypted digital network of information that is organized into groups of data called “blocks” and easily accessed by everyone in a “chain.” Blockchain provides an efficient and secure way to store and share personal data, creating an infrastructure of trust that will impact personal lives, business, and government across the globe.

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Candidate Experience Counts

Cielo Candidate Experience

Be an employer of choice for seasonal hiring.

By Debbie Bolla

As reported last year, Amazon made headlines with it plans to hire 120,000 employees for the holidays, and other retailers weren’t far behind. This translates to seasonal workers having their pick of opportunities. With such competition, organizations need to ensure they offer a positive candidate experience.

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Holiday Hiring Starts Now

Cielo Holiday Hiring

Organizations should consider these workforce planning strategies to excel during the high volume holiday season.

By Debbie Bolla

Ready for the holidays? This is a question that is already on the minds of retailers. With a little strategic planning now, organizations can get their high volume holiday hiring on track now and be effectively prepared for execution in the Fall. And they will need to be ready if last year’s trends indicate this year’s activity. A 2017 CareerBuilder study found that across industries, 35 percent of employers expected to hire seasonal workers in the fourth quarter and 38 percent of top holiday jobs were in customer service.

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What’s Your Story?

Employer Brand

Sharing brand storytelling in an authentic way helps companies connect and engage with employees at many levels.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Storytelling is an ancient and universal human trait. From visual stories told through cave drawings and ancient hieroglyphs to epic poems communicated to the masses, stories have been central to how humans connect, learn, and make sense of the world. Even with the advent of printing, and later, technology, the common themes and narratives found in good stories remain constant.

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