Monthly Archives: June 2013

Retain talent starting with their first day as an employee

June 19, 2013

Your new hire made a great impression on the company recruiter. Now it’s the company’s turn to make a great impression on the new hire. Attracting talent and getting them up to speed in a timely manner impresses upon the new hire that they are valued – a key ingredient for fostering productivity and retaining talent. Onboarding Basics Your company’s new employee orientation should be more than a day of filling out paperwork and a “welcome to the company” lunch. • Put your company website to work. When possible have the new employee fill out the necessary forms on line ...

Steve Williams of EctoHR, Inc. will present at the AGC conference

June 17, 2013

Steve Williams, President of EctoHR, Inc., will be one of the presenters at the AGC 2013 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference, in October at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago. The conference will provide two days of unique opportunities for HR, training and workforce development professionals in the construction industry Steve will be presenting “The 7 Severe Sins of HR in Construction”, with a focus on the key issues that General Contractors face in 2013. Steve’s session is a plenary session for all of the HR professionals in attendance. Throughout the conference there will be breakout sessions tailored specifically for ...

Be aware! I-9 audits are on the increase

June 13, 2013

Disgruntled employee complaints and Homeland Security concerns are the top reasons companies receive Immigration Reform and Control Act audits. These I-9 audits have grown from just three in 2005 to 3,004 in 2012, according to HR magazine. Companies should take note as fines for substantive and procedural I-9 violations can add up quickly: • $375 to $3,200 for each unauthorized employee for a first offense. • $110 to $1,100 for each paperwork violation. The rare audit picked at random is now a thing of the past. Companies most often targeted today are those connected with the nation’s critical infrastructure: • ...

Laugh! It’s part of the job!

June 12, 2013

Positive morale can help retain valuable employees The benefits of enjoyment and laughter in the workplace are not normally touched upon in a management meeting. Some may think “give an inch” and employees will “take a mile”, but many companies acknowledge a little levity during the workday not only benefits employees, but can actually stimulate creativity and productivity, while helping retain employees as well. Coupled with the economic uncertainty of the decade, working a high-stress or emotionally-charged job can take a negative toll on employee morale. Creating an atmosphere of positive morale in the workplace is a contributing factor in ...