emotional intelligence in the workplaceHow do you predict if an employee will succeed or fail in their role?  If you hire the candidate with the most experience and highest GPA, they should become a star player in your organization, right?

 

For years people assumed that Intelligence Quotient, IQ, was the source of a person’s success.  However, studies indicated that people with the highest IQs outperform those with average IQs just 20% of the time, while people with average IQs outperform those with high IQs 70% of the time.  Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves provides an in-depth look at this topic.


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Published on March 28th, 2017

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Meeting New Hires Where They AreThere are many factors to consider when hiring a new employee. There are the obvious defined duties, responsibilities and tasks that will be required for the new employee to fulfill. Additionally, there are many non-essential qualifications that an employer may ask for that can be an asset to the role. These contribute to a person’s “fit” within the team and organization. New employees can come from a variety of backgrounds with varying experience, so it is important for an employer to meet new hires with appropriate expectations and meeting new hires “where they are.”


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Published on March 23rd, 2017

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update your vacation policyFlared jeans aren’t the only thing out of style, time off plans and vacation policy are trending in a different direction as well. There is no denying that the manner in which we work has changed over the years, and it would only make sense that time off plans would evolve as well. It seems that more companies are transitioning from traditional leave plan that segment sick and vacation leave, to a paid time off plan that is designed to have one “bucket” of time off. Along with a new plan, employers are upping the ante with additional time off. In a time when most employees find it difficult to maintain a work-life balance, being able to offer employees a generous amount of time off is a perk that gets most employees’ attention.


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Published on March 14th, 2017

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build your on-campus brandSometimes you want to be the company everyone is talking about, sometimes you don’t, but if you are hoping to build your workforce with the best and brightest – you do! Especially when the venue is college campuses during recruiting season and the chatter is positive! Working a career fair booth and seeing a line of students who want to talk to your company representatives can be a warm and fuzzy moment for anyone who works in recruiting, however, that line doesn’t form overnight. Building a strong campus brand takes time, creativity, some financial investment, and more time.  Then there is maintenance, but that is an entirely different post! Here are 5 ideas to help your company begin the process of building an on-campus brand.


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Published on March 7th, 2017

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Scary interview processEver notice a candidate seemingly fine when they enter the interview and then as the interview goes on, they seem less comfortable? Sure, it could be nerves, but have you ever considered that your interview process could be scaring them off? You might think that you’ve got the easy job as the interviewer. All you have to do is ask the questions and evaluate, after all. But these five common interview process faux pas could be leaving top-notch candidates itching for the exit.

 

Scary Interview Process Mistakes

 

Lack of Preparation

 

Everyone’s busy, but you need to set aside time to prepare for an interview. Make sure you know about the position you’re interviewing for, backwards and forwards, and can answer any questions the candidate may have about the job. Have your questions researched and ready to go so you can adequately interview for the job at hand. Research your candidates’ resumes and applications so that you can form additional questions or comments around their past experiences and how they’ll relate to the position. If you go into an interview unprepared and unknowledgeable, the candidate will see you the same as you would see an unprepared candidate: not interested.


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Published on March 3rd, 2017

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generation z vs millennialWe are welcoming a new generation into the workplace, Generation Z. Born after 1998, they are also sometimes referred to as Centennials or iGeneration. Gen Z’ers are your new high school graduates and upcoming college students that will be looking for internships and finding their first job in the next few years.

 

What can we expect to experience with this new generation of employees?

 

This is the first completely digitized generation that has always been connected to the internet and as expected, they are proficient in technology.  Youth making up Generation Z are diverse and are predicted to be independent thinkers and doers.

 

Goldman Sachs provides a good look at this new employee pool in their video- “Gen Z Matters More than Millennials.” Generation Z tends to be more financially conservative, associate money with success and is very aware of the financial consequences of their decisions.


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Published on February 28th, 2017

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CROSS-GENERATIONAL MENTORSHIPOver the course of my career, I have had the pleasure of having 2-3 older friends that happen to be Baby Boomers that have remained interested in helping me grow professionally to this date. It dawned on me in my late 20’s the level of sincerity and genuine nature of their dedication to helping me. When I realized what they were doing and the level of impact that this cross-generational mentoring was having in my personal and work life, I made a commitment to myself that I would “pay it forward” and be on the lookout to become a mentor to others. I love a couple of quotes I recently read in The Daily Walk Bible – “Life is a lot like tennis – the goal is to learn to serve better” and “The object of teaching is to enable those taught to get along without a teacher”.


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Published on February 23rd, 2017

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tips to avoid employee turnoverGuest Blogger: Jen McKenzie, Business Freelancer

 

Bringing in strong employees is only the first step to making your business thrive. You also have to keep those employees happy within your company. Great employees leave all the time, and it’s not always due to pay or benefits. Interested in learning more about employee retention? Read these five tips to avoid employee turnover.
 

Why Worry About Employee Turnover?

 
According to Glass Door, employers report that it can take up to 52 days to fill an open position. That’s almost 2 months where other employees are having to pick up the slack for the missing worker. It’s time that your business isn’t operating at peak efficiency, and you’re likely spending time advertising and interviewing candidates.
 

Increase Employee Retention

 
There are certain things you can do to increase employee retention and almost none of them have to do with providing more money for employees. The most common strategies provide a competitive benefits package like a savings plan for retirement or a great health insurance plan. High employee turnover is a hit to the morale for the entire company, and it should be avoided at all costs.


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Published on February 21st, 2017

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AFAGuest Blogger: Megan Karlin, Agriculture Future of America Marketing & Communications Manager

 

When it comes to whether or not your company should invest in Agriculture Future of America, I definitely have a biased opinion. However, when it comes to making the most of your relationship with us, I have the inside scoop.

 

For very nearly five years, I’ve immersed myself in listening to and telling AFA’s story. I’ve interviewed partners, participants and anyone else who would give me a few minutes. I’ve seen what works and what does not.

 

As I said, I’m biased when it comes to the question of financial investment; so, for the remainder of my time with you, let’s assume you do. That’s the first thing I would tell you. When you partner with AFA, you have a stake in the game. You’re committed to pursuing the opportunities I’ve outlined below. The first, of which, is to connect with our students.


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Published on February 17th, 2017

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combatting the wage gapAccording to The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 by the World Economic Forum, there remains a wide gap between women and men in economic participation and opportunity. When we look at the overall Global Gender Gap Index, Canada was ranked #35, while the United States was only #45. The U.S. ranking dropped due to the decrease in economic participation and opportunity score, with a sizeable gap in estimated earned income.

 

The Global Gender Gap Report notes the positive effect of increasing gender parity on economic growth – “Making full use of women’s capabilities paves the way to optimizing a nation’s human capital potential.” (p. 27)

 

In the AgCareers.com Gender Roles and Equality in Agribusiness Survey, women were asked if they felt they would be given more advancement opportunities if they were male. The majority, 72% felt they would be. So, are women content where they are at or do they want to pursue advancement?


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Published on February 14th, 2017

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