The Big Bang Theory of Human Resources

Nolan Gray Staffing

Fridays we like to devote to slightly off-kilter looks at the world of human resources through the lens of television and film. We’ve examined HR at Mad Men and lessons from Game of Thrones – both serious dramas. Today, let’s lighten up and enjoy a great comedy that has offered up some juicy and hilarious human resources moments – The …

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3 Ways to Create Low-Cost Training Programs to Engage Your Staff

Nolan Gray Staffing

We talk here a lot about keeping employees engaged and happy. Training is one of the best ways to enhance morale, but if you’ve got no budget for training you may think that your good intentions don’t matter without the bucks to back them up. If that’s your predicament, today we bring good news – you can have engaging training …

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Top 10 Not-to-Miss HR Blogs

Nolan Gray Staffing

We’re so glad you’re here reading our blog, but today we wanted to share some of the blogs that we frequent for our edification and amusement. Whether you’re wondering about Obamacare compliance, implementing a BYOD policy or exploring recruiting strategies, it’s helpful to check out a few expert opinions to guide you. Here are 10 HR blogs that we like …

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5 Crash and Burn Results from Lax Onboarding

Nolan Gray Staffing

We’ve written recently (and often) about recruiting, engagement and retention. But have you paused to consider that engagement and retention efforts truly begin during the recruiting process? Just as the interview is the first chance for your new staffer to make a first impression on the firm, the process is vice-versa as well. And once you decide to hire the …

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Keep Who You’ve Got: 6 Tips for Employee Retention

Nolan Gray Staffing

In case you hadn’t heard, replacing staff members that leave can be costly, frustrating and time consuming. Recruiting for new positions as your company expands is one thing, but dealing with the loss of current staffers if retention flags can be a source of great stress and can decrease productivity, morale and drive increased turnover. The solution? Don’t let them …

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Rethinking Recruiting – 5 Tactics to Fill High-Demand Openings

Nolan Gray Staffing

While unemployment numbers continue to be less than encouraging, the fact is that in many fields, there is a talent shortage and employers are scrambling to put bodies in seats. Jobs in healthcare, IT, engineering, personal care aides and scientists are all in demand and if these are the types of jobs you’re tasked with recruiting (or ones similarly in-demand), …

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Using Social Tools to Master Recruiting and Build a Pipeline of Talent!

Nolan Gray Staffing

One of the challenges of recruiting is having good candidates when you need them. It can take weeks or months to find a candidate that is highly skilled, a good culture fit and available in the price range you want to pay. Technology and social media have changed how we recruit but surprisingly have made recruiting more of a challenge …

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Boldly Go… HR Dilemmas from Star Trek Into Darkness

Nolan Gray Staffing

I am enjoying the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise and the way JJ Abrams is presenting the classic characters. Because the movies take place at work – on the job – they offer insight into interpersonal relationships of managers and subordinates, team building and collaboration. The latest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, is fascinating and offers a look …

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Fulfill Your Destiny: HR’s Critical Role as a Brand Advocate

Nolan Gray Staffing

Human resources has long been a largely administrative department, but no more! We HR pros are increasingly being called on to create value rather than being an expense function. But never fear – this is a role you should willingly embracing. Challenges are what keep not only our staff engaged, but us as well. And one of the critical areas …

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When Worker Satisfaction Flags – How HR Can Spread the Cheer!

Nolan Gray Staffing

Because we spend so much of our time at work, if we’re not happy there, it’s not likely that we’re going to be happy at all! And because smart phones increasingly allow the office to follow us home, if there’s satisfaction problems at the office, this will likely bleed over into your evening and weekends. By the same token, being …

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HR Alert: Is Your Company Bracing for Obamacare?

Nolan Gray Staffing

We are on the downhill slide to the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. The state run SHOP (Small Business Health Options program) are set to open in the fall and companies are bracing for change. What, if anything, is your company doing to gird their loins against the impact of ACA? Here are …

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Would You Hire Iron Man? SHIELD Recruiting Strategies to Avoid

Nolan Gray Staffing

Everyone thinks they want “superhero” employees, but if you had actual superheroes on staff, I bet you’d be less than happy. I’m a big fan of superhero movies, but as an HR professional I see everything through my personnel evaluation lens – even films. And when I look at The Avengers, I see a group that will be difficult to …