Validity Screening Solutions Background Check Expert to Present to the CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter

Employment Screening Services | November 07, 2016

Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions, will present at the CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) Kansas Chapter State Conference on the risks and compliance issues associated with using social media throughout the pre-employment process of recruiting and hiring. While it may be quick and easy, there can be significant ramifications to using social networks in the employment screening or investigative process. “Social media is a provocative new tool for screening applicants,” said Fowler. “It offers insights not available through traditional mediums, such as resumes and CVs. The problem is that you also gain access to a treasure trove of information that can’t be used in the hiring process. It’s often the case that once the can is opened, it cannot be closed. This presentation identifies these landmines before your organization steps on them.”

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Even though the seasonal help you're hiring will be temporary, that doesn't mean you should skip any steps in the hiring process. In fact, since this is going to be your busiest time of the year, there is the potential for more customers to be exposed to your company and brand. You don’t  want anyone to have a negative experience! These 10 steps can help you get the most out of your seasonal staff.


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HR STRATEGY

Supporting employee’s wellbeing through the festive season

HR News | December 15, 2021

The NHS Confederation has warned that mental health problems are growing at an ‘alarming’ rate in England, with 1 in 6 adults having experienced some form of depression in summer 2021, exacerbated by the pandemic. “The festive season is meant to be a wonderful time of year; however, it can bring a lot of extra stress and worry. Many employees are balancing work pressures with family duties and add to this financial worries and fears about the new Omicron variant. This year, offering support to people over the holidays season is so important and could make a big difference to employee wellbeing and ensure your people return to work in 2022 refreshed, motivated and ready to hit the ground running.” -Mark Fosh, Divisional Director at Howden Here are Howden’s top tips to support employee wellbeing this festive season: Encourage employees to ‘switch off’ – An ‘always on’ culture has been exacerbated by the pandemic as the boundaries between home and work have blurred. Encouraging employees to switch off and take a break has never been more important. Spending time with family and friends and catching up on sleep are key ingredients for good wellbeing. Be aware of ‘Divorce Day’ -The first working Monday after the festive break has been named ‘Divorce Day’ due to family lawyers reporting higher than usual enquiries on this day. While relationship issues are personal, the impact of a divorce can be difficult for employees to manage, with prolonged periods of stress leading to depression and anxiety. Being mindful of this, employers can remind employees of support services that could help people going through relationship troubles including a divorce, such as Mental Health First Aiders and the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which offers mental health, financial planning and legal support. Festive money worries – The average UK family will spend an average £821.25[ii] in the run up to the festive season. Money worries can cause anxiety, stress and depression. Promoting support services such as EAPs, Citizens Advice, Step Change and the National Debt Line could help employees. Also, businesses could consider running a financial wellbeing programme in 2022, to give employees the tools and know-how to make informed financial decisions. Support employees’ mental health – Be mindful of employees who might not be coping well over the festive period. Look out for uncharacteristic behaviour such as missing deadlines, someone acting more quietly or aggressively or frequently turning up late. Ensure help and support are in place as this will help to reduce absences. Benefits such as EAPs. Virtual GPs and Mental Health First aiders can be used as a first line of defence. Also, promote mental health support available through charities such as Mind, the Samaritans and Victim Support. Signpost employees to their employee benefits – Often employees don’t know what benefits are available, so why not send out a reminder over the festive period? Use end of year communications to provide a useful summary of the benefits and support on offer and importantly, how employees can access them when they need them. Encourage health activities -A combination of lack of exercise and overdoing the festive treats can have a detrimental impact on physical wellbeing. Encourage employees to stay active over the festive break, for example by going out for daily walks. This can also help them cope with any extra pressure over the festive period. In the New Year why not set up a workplace health challenge such as walking, running or cycling? This can be a great way to get teams involved in some friendly and healthy competition, encourage better health habits and boost employees’ wellbeing. Finally, a simple thank you can go a long way – When employees are snowed under and pressure is high, it can be easy to forget the importance of saying thank you. A small but important gesture that lets people know their efforts are noticed and appreciated can really boost morale and motivation. To find out more about looking after employees’ mental health and wellbeing or request an employee benefits review, to make sure they are still fit for purpose for 2022, get in touch with Howden.

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HR STRATEGY

Where Did 4 Million Workers Go and What Are They Doing?

Merito Group | January 03, 2022

The Great Resignation era of workers are returning to the workforce but not as originally imagined. "With new priorities and values, Americans are searching for a new job or a new career, which also means becoming an entrepreneur. Companies are shifting their policies to better accommodate hybrid or remote work schedules, as well as bonuses to retain current employees and to hire new ones, Entrepreneurship has always been part of the American spirit. But with so much uncertainty in the past few years, these Covid-preneurs want more control over their future." -Carolyn Thompson, CEO of talent acquisition and consulting services company Merito Group Employers, especially those in strained industries such as transportation and finance, are fighting to keep current employees and compete to grab candidates within the same industry who may have quit another company. The latest report from the Census Bureau's Business Formation Statistics shows that nearly 1.4 million applications have been filed to form new businesses likely to hire employees. Since 2018, new business applications filed per week averaged 67,000, but since June 2021 that number has skyrocketed to 100,000 new business applications per week. Thompson, an entrepreneur herself. About Merito Group: A US-based, certified woman owned company, Merito Group is a talent acquisition consulting firm providing excellence in outsourced solutions. The team of experienced Executive Recruiters has thousands of successful placements under their belt because they take the time to get to know you, your company, division, or department's needs as well as our candidates' personal interests and goals through a thorough in-person interview process. Blending corporate needs with candidates' desires make the right match more attainable for all parties.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

Staffing Employment Rebounds in Third Quarter

American Staffing Association | December 21, 2021

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.7 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2021, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—up approximately 90,600 from the second quarter. Staffing employment and sales have historically seen quarter-to-quarter gains following first quarter declines. While the second quarter of 2021 diverged from this trend, third quarter data showed a return to growth—with staffing jobs increasing by 3.5% quarter-to-quarter and temporary and contract staffing sales growing 3.1%. "U.S. businesses are turning to the staffing industry for help in filling millions of current job openings, The staffing industry is playing an increasingly important role in today's labor market by providing talent sourcing expertise and workforce flexibility to employers in need of workers, and helping candidates find roles that are the right fit." -Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. On a year-to-year basis, staffing jobs rose 15.2% in the third quarter of 2021 from the same period in 2020—which was still early in the economy's recovery from the initial hit of the Covid-19 pandemic. Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $36.1 billion in the third quarter, an increase of 21.8% from the third quarter of 2020. Staffing firms are optimistic about the fourth quarter of 2021, projecting their revenue to grow 9% year-to-year and anticipating an increase of 19% for the full year of 2021 compared with 2020. About the American Staffing Association The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

beqom Partners with Modulus Data to Streamline HR Compensation Processes

beqom | May 23, 2022

5WPR, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the U.S., announces the creation of a specialty Travel Technology division, after welcoming multiple new clients within the industry this last month. As an extension of 5WPR's technology practice, the travel tech division consists of clients that are a part of the travel booking experience, as well as brands offering unique experiences through the use of tech. "The travel industry has forever been changed by the pandemic, and many of our clients provide improvements on the current experience, such as additional comfort in booking your vacation or alternative travel and destinations offerings, 5W welcomed our first travel tech client well over a year ago, and the outstanding work we've completed has drawn increased attention from others interested in how our offerings can support their work." -5WPR CEO, Matthew Caiola. 5WPR's tech practice has grown to specialize in several highly-specialized areas and prides itself on being a leading adtech, martech and fintech public relations firm in the nation. The team delivers results through key industry relationships with influencers, bloggers, celebrities, and media. By implementing integrated PR, Digital, Influencer Partnerships and Social Media campaigns, 5W ensures maximum coverage for its clients. PR services offered to travel tech clients include messaging and positioning, media relations, initial public offering media strategy, new market expansion campaigns, visibility programs, content creation, sponsorships/partnerships, digital media campaigns, event planning, thought leadership and speaking opportunities. About 5WPR 5W Public Relations is a full-service PR agency in NYC known for cutting-edge programs that engage with businesses, issues and ideas. With more than 250 professionals serving clients in B2C (Beauty & Fashion, Consumer Brands, Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Travel & Hospitality, Technology, Nonprofit), B2B (Corporate Communications and Reputation Management), Public Affairs, Crisis Communications and Digital Marketing (Social Media, Influencer, Paid Media, SEO). 5W was awarded 2020 PR Agency of The Year and brings leading businesses a resourceful, bold and results-driven approach to communication.

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Even though the seasonal help you're hiring will be temporary, that doesn't mean you should skip any steps in the hiring process. In fact, since this is going to be your busiest time of the year, there is the potential for more customers to be exposed to your company and brand. You don’t  want anyone to have a negative experience! These 10 steps can help you get the most out of your seasonal staff.

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