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Probation Periods: Everything You Need to know

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If you’re familiar with the hiring process, you know how long it takes to find a good candidate for an open position. Can you really be sure that this person is right for the job? Although someone you hire may seem like the perfect fit, there is no guarantee that they will perform the way you expect. This is why most companies implement a probation period after hiring an employee. A probationary period is a time to assess whether or not your new hire (or newly promoted employee) is a good fit for the position. This also allows the employee to see whether or not they like the new job. The probationary period typically lasts around 3-6 months, depending on the company.

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Top Reasons Why Employees Leave Their Jobs

Employee retention is something that many businesses struggle with, and higher turnover rates come along with that. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, approximately 3.5 million employees quit their jobs in April 2019 alone. Employee resignation requires businesses to fill that employee’s position quickly, which is stressful. Additionally, employee replacement comes at a cost to the business. A recent study by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) discovered that the average cost per hire is around $4,000. This is costly because businesses have to spend time training the employee until they contribute to the ROI. Since turnover can be costly to your business financially and socially, you will want to try your best to keep your valued employees at your workplace. So, what are some reasons as to why your employees are leaving?

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The Recruitment Process: Pros and Cons of Blind Hiring

Contributed by: Pauline Farris

The Recruitment Process: Pros and Cons of Blind Hiring Israel Weinstein; Tamika Johnson; Bob Jones; Ahmed Ak; Juanita Cortez; Ngyun Mingh; Sameer Patel.

Each of these names gives a recruiter key information about gender and ethnicity. Other information in a resume also reveals such things as the candidate’s neighborhood and age (based upon years of work experience or graduation).

While we all like to believe that we are blind to these pieces of personal information, there are subconscious biases in all areas of living and work, and the recruitment and hiring process is no different.

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9 Things to Consider When Dealing With an Employee Exit

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Contributed by Dennis Hung

Sometimes, through no fault of the employee, employers need to transition employees out of their company. Downsizing, bankruptcies, mergers, or buyouts can result in large scale employee exit. Employers should try and help these employees deal with the anxiety and other challenges brought on by the layoff because your company’s reputation depends on it. Employers who don’t support the needs of their exiting employees run the risk of getting bad reviews and bad press.

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Why HR Software Is Vital for Your Small Business

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HR software improves business processes in many ways. First and foremost, it enhances productivity of the entire company.

For the HR department, (or the person in charge of HR in very small businesses), HR software automates a number of systems, which frees up a lot of time.

For employees, HR systems offer a level of self-service, which empowers them with information so they don’t have to bother busy management. Both employees and management can get on with their jobs since HR software reduces the need for so much back and forth.

Additionally, HR systems help companies meet important recordkeeping requirements. It also improves company communication and offers other benefits as described below.

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