Posts by Andrea Ballard

Onboarding Best Practices

»Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in consulting, work | Comments Off on Onboarding Best Practices

You’ve finally got that perfect candidate to accept the job. Whew! All the hard work is over, right? Not so fast. As I mentioned in my post on Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool, right now you’re in a critical time period with your new employee. Studies show employees leave organizations based on opinions they form in the first month on the job. So it’s more important than ever to pay attention to onboarding. Start Early #1 – Start before they start. I learned this one the hard way. After a hard fought battle with another firm for a stellar Manager, I relaxed. Then, I found out the day before he started work that he decided to rescind his acceptance with us and go with another firm. Apparently they had not relaxed when he told them No...

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Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

»Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in consulting, work | Comments Off on Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

Onboarding involves giving new employees specific information about how to navigate relationships in your firm, whether it’s with peers, clients, supervisors, or partners. Professional staff who have excellent technical skills but can’t figure out the trickier aspects of relating to people often will not last at your firm, or advance as quickly as they should.

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Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

»Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in coaching, work | Comments Off on Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

Here’s 5 low cost and easy ways to thank your employees and show them appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day.

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Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

»Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in coaching, job search | Comments Off on Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

There’s so much talk about companies and recruiters using social media to research and disqualify candidates, I’m always interested when I see recruiters using social media for positive purposes – to help place people in jobs. Recent buzz about using Facebook’s OpenGraph to search and find candidates intrigued me. It’s not yet the most robust tool: many people don’t provide the information on Facebook that would make searching powerful, such as their job titles, employer names, and university degrees.  I doubt recruiters are going to abandon LinkedIn and rush to Facebook, but I do imagine they will use the information on Facebook to supplement their current recruiting process. Which means…if you’re a job seeker, now’s a good time for you to...

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Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

»Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in interviews, job search | Comments Off on Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

You may have heard me on The Boss Show a few weeks ago in a segment called “Stupid Job Interviewer Tricks” talking about what companies and interviewERS need to do differently. This is all part of my latest rant campaign – to get companies to stop complaining about their applicants, and instead focus on what they, as the people doing the interviews, can do better. Steve Motenko threw me for a loop when he asked me to answer a “crazy interview question” on air…(If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?). I know it’s a struggle when you’re asked these kind of goofball questions in an interview…imagine being asked on a radio show and knowing it’s going to be recorded! Ugh. Well, after I babbled...

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