New Year, New Minimum Wages

Are you ready for the New Year? Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate will increase for the following states:

State Minimum Wage Rate
Alaska $8.75
Arizona $8.05
Arkansas $7.50
Colorado $8.23
Connecticut $9.15
Florida $8.05
Hawaii $7.75
Maryland $8.00
Massachusetts $9.00
Missouri $7.65*
Montana $8.05
Nebraska $8.00
New Jersey $8.38
New York $8.75
(effective 12/31/14)
Ohio $8.10**
Oregon $9.25
Rhode Island $9.00
South Dakota $8.50
Vermont $9.15
Washington $9.47
West Virginia $8.00

Some counties and cities may require a higher minimum wage.

In addition to updating payroll, updates should be made where impacted by the new minimum wage rate. Changes may be needed to your applicant tracking system to reflect new wage scales. For information about applicant tracking systems, please contact myStaffingPro at 800-939-2462.

* For businesses with annual gross sales of at least $500,000.

** For employees at businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 per year

Choosing an Applicant Tracking System: A Guide for HR Managers and Business Owners

Summary: An applicant tracking system is a smart investment for your HR team. Here’s a closer look at how applicant systems help you streamline your recruiting process, hire better talent, and reduce turnover through quality controls.

HR managers and business owners are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of human resources departments. Your HR team’s work is essential – from managing payroll to recruiting your company’s next generation of talent. Yet many of the processes that they oversee are administratively intensive. The right technology tools can increase their ability to focus on high-impact projects, reduce hiring costs, decrease turnover, and improve your overall workforce quality. Here’s a closer look at applicant tracking systems, the features to look for, and how to choose the right software for you

Efficient, paperless recruiting process: The right applicant tracking system will help you implement an efficient, paperless recruiting process. Whether you’re recruiting for hard to find candidates or posting essential jobs that need to be filled quickly, an applicant tracking system lets you manage the hiring process from start to finish. The system will guide you through scoping out a job’s requirements, setting up a careers site to process applications, screening candidates, and managing the interview process. With the ability to oversee promotion, reporting, and candidate communications from a single interface, your HR team gets more done in less time.

Improved candidate experience: Hiring and retaining the best people starts with a smooth interview process. In-demand executives, developers, and sales talent often have multiple offers when they’re on the job market. The professionalism, speed, and overall candidate experience that’s driving your hiring process speaks volumes to potential employees. An applicant tracking system allows candidates to apply easily for jobs, monitor their application status, and receive timely communications. Your team is able to quickly vet candidates, arrange interviews, and manage both internal and external communications with ease. As a result, quality candidates have a positive experience and you’re more likely to make a successful hire.  New employees start their jobs in a positive frame of mind, based on a smooth and professional introduction to the company’s performance and practices.

Integrated processing: Today’s hiring process has multiple steps, from posting and promoting openings to processing candidates through the onboarding process. Once you’ve made a successful hire, new employees need to submit substantial amounts of paperwork in the form of employment agreements, tax information, and benefits applications. An applicant tracking system will ensure that you are able to track where people are in the process at all times. The system can also be configured to manage elements of employment screening such as background checks, verifying employment and educational histories, checking references, and even processing drug testing. Ensuring that each new hire has met your company’s standards reduces turnover, ensures a higher level of performance, and mitigates the financial and legal risks of making a bad hire.

An applicant tracking system is a smart investment in today’s hiring environment. From reducing the workload of overtaxed HR teams to providing high-value candidates with the best experience possible, automating your recruiting process has numerous benefits for your business. Are you an HR manager or business owner who wants to improve your firm’s recruitment strategies? Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive applicant tracking system and suite of integrated services.

 

Does your Recruiting Process Resemble a Kid’s Game?

Sometimes recruiting can feel like an endless game of Marco Polo, where you are blindly posting job openings and hoping that someone will respond. Being in the dark about your recruiting effectiveness can leave you disoriented and disillusioned. Thankfully, there are tools to help.

With myStaffingPro applicant tracking system, you can track your recruiting initiatives and pinpoint the best sources. Instead of relying on candidates to select the correct source, we appended the apply link from job boards with tracking tags. In turn, the candidate’s sourcing information is automatically populated with the correct value. The result is accurate information about the reach of the job board posting and its results. Using the sourcing reports, you can then identify which job boards are referring qualified candidates and how many are hired. With myStaffingPro, you can analyze your recruiting spend against the source information of your hired applicants to maximize your expenditure.

Interested in learning more? Visit http://myStaffingPro.com to request a demo.

Is Your Recruiting In A Hopeless Place?

Sometimes pop songs can remind you of a moment. A moment in time, an experience, a milestone, a job. The Rihanna hit “We Found Love” brought me back to my recruiting days at the temporary staffing desk. A typical week would involve interviewing and hiring thirty plus candidates, placing twenty of them, following up on the hundred placed else ware, and terminating a handful. Through the experience, I learned how to handle employees spitting on managers, sleeping in closets, failing drug tests, and stealing. Then, there was the paperwork! I would go through a ream of paper a week. From paper employment applications, WOTC forms, Forms I-9, W-4s, as well as testing and payroll; it never ended. Not to mention the countless hours I spent manually entering applicants into an HRIS (even though it wasn’t tied to payroll).

Thankfully, in the last ten years technological advancements have reduced the administrative burden and reams of paper. Applications can now be accepted online via an applicant tracking system that is also integrated with a payroll and HRIS system. With the right software, recruiters can now find love in a once hopeless place.

 

Looking for an applicant tracking system?  myStaffingPro provides an online requisition approval, application, and workflow processes.  For more information, please visit http://myStaffingPro.com.

5 Reasons Employee Assessment Should be Part of the Hiring Process

Fortune 100 companies and small businesses alike are leveraging the benefits of employee assessment companies to help them hire the right employees. The financial impact of a bad hire can have dire consequences for your business. According to the US Department of Labor, replacing a bad hire can cost 30% of the first year’s potential earnings. The Recruiting Times has estimated that it can cost as much as $7,000 to replace a salaried individual contributor and as much as $40,000 to replace a senior executive. With these figures in mind, it’s easy to see why integrating employee assessment tools with your recruiting software is a critical step in your recruiting process. Here’s a closer look at five specific benefits that these tools can add to your hiring process.

Help eliminate hires based on false information

As a recruiter, you’re relying in large part on a prospective employee’s resume to give you insights into their experience, education, and expertise. Each of these areas is important to determining both their ability to do the job you’re hiring for, as well as their long-term viability as an employee. The statistics on job seekers fabricating information about their experience are staggering.

The Society for Human Research Management has estimated that as many as 53% of applications contain false information. Pre-screening adds another layer of protection, in addition to interviews and reference checks, to help you weed out non-qualified candidates.

Reduce the potential financial impact of a bad hire

As discussed above, a bad hire can cost your company thousands of dollars to replace. There are also additional impacts that are harder to quantify, from damaged employee morale due to perceived turnover to managing workflow and customer relationships. Another potential risk is a company potentially facing a negligent hire suit. A negligent hiring claim arises when a poor hiring decision leads to harm to a customer, co-worker, or other individual.

As a result, the company can face a lawsuit and then it is incumbent upon the employer to prove all steps were taken to properly vet and screen the employee. An article in Fortune Magazine suggests that employers have lost as many as 79% of negligent hiring suits, and judgments average in the range of $1 million per lawsuit. Proper pre-screening helps prevent these issues from arising, and provides a solid precedent that the company follows rigorous hiring procedures in the instance that a suit did arise.

Improve hire quality and cultural fit

The standard employee assessment can focus on a wide range of issues, from determining specific experiences to understanding more about a candidate’s psychological profile and work style. Each of these areas is important to finding the right candidate. By determining what information you need prior to selecting candidates for interviews, an integrated employee assessment program can help you identify highly qualified candidate pools.

Employee assessments are also exceptionally useful for gathering data about qualities and traits that are harder to uncover through resume review and early conversions. These factors can include work style compatibility, general approach to problem solving, and overall cultural fit with your organization. Employee assessment tools offer an objective measure of these issues to help inform your hiring decisions and clarify areas that should be probed more deeply during one-on-one interviews and during the reference check process. Since these areas can be as vital as experience and education to a new hire’s long-term success at a company, their importance shouldn’t be overlooked.

Employee assessments help companies mitigate risk, while recruiting more effective. By integrating your employee assessments with your online recruiting software, it’s easy to manage your workload, provide a good experience for candidates, and get fast and accurate results.

Benefit from Recruiting Process Compression

Does your recruiting process suffer from process bloat? Is there so much lag time that even the most straightforward hire goes on and on and on? Shrinking the lag time between recruiting steps can help you compress your hiring process without sacrificing due diligence or quality of hire.

5 Ways to Compress your Recruiting Process:

  • Reduce the requisition approval process with an automated workflow.
  • Conduct interviews virtually.
  • Change approval processes from sequential to simultaneous.
  • Utilize a hiring manager approval portal to get expedited feedback on applicants.
  • Launch multiple processes at the same time.

Are you looking for an applicant tracking system to compress your hiring process? Visit myStaffingPro.com to learn about our automated workflows and tools.

 

 

 

 

Speed Interviewing

In this day and age, we want everything faster. I want my coffee faster, my French fries faster, and the person in front of me to drive faster. As Maverick would say, I feel the need….the need for speed!

Speed dating has been around for a while, but what about speed interviewing? Could you interview someone for 10-15 minutes and make an educated decision as to whether or not you want to bring him or her in for a second interview? What types of questions would you ask? Would you want to sit in a room with dozens of other employers vying for the same candidates?

As a candidate, how would you stand out from the others in such a short period?

As a competitive person, I’d be game for sitting at either side of the table. In my opinion, this tactic might work for sales openings, but fail miserably for accountants or IT professionals.

Would you try it?

The Benefits of Integrating Background Check Software with Recruiting Software

The integrity and performance of your employees is your company’s greatest asset. As a result, it’s critical that you evaluate the claims that candidates make regarding their backgrounds and education. In many cases, further background checks are required to minimize your company’s risk exposure. Background screenings are becoming a routine part of hiring, but they can also be time consuming for your staff and onerous to outsource. Here are some of the advantages of using an integrated background check service with your recruiting software.

Optimize your workload: Recruiting software eliminates a lot of administrative work for your HR team and hiring managers. Background checks, if conducted in house or outsourced as a separate service, can require managing a wide range of administrative details from consent forms to informational sheets to paying vendors. By choosing an integrated background check software solution, it’s easy to move to that step automatically. From verifying degrees to checking for criminal convictions, a full background screen can be underway with just a few clicks.

Simplify documentation and improve the candidate experience: If you’re ready to move forward with an employee, time is often of the essence. Once you’ve decided to move to the background check stage, you can simplify the process for the applicant by allowing them to review the disclosure online and electronically sign it, eliminating potentially days of lag time.

Centralize your FCRA compliance requirements: The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that employers comply with several provisions. The first and most important is to get written permission from the applicant to conduct a background check. The second is to make any disclosures of “adverse action.” That is to say, if you might potentially use information in the background check to deny a candidate a job, you need to let them know in advance. If you do deny a candidate a job because of what you find in their credit report, you are legally obligated to provide the candidate with a copy of the report as well as a copy of A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Reporting Act. Integrating your background checks with your recruiting software enables you to keep compliance information centralized, and even set limits on the number of days a signature will remain valid.

Easily track progress and review results: After your request has been initiated, it’s easy to keep track of your background check progress. You’ll be able to quickly verify whether a request for a specific candidate has been submitted, confirmed, and completed. You can track the time to completion and conduct an in-depth review of the information that’s provided. All of this can be completed online and centralized in a candidate’s file.

Manage access to results: Different organizations have individual sign-off paths for background check information. Whether it’s your top recruiter, your VP of HR, or your hiring manager that needs to provide the sign-off for hiring, it’s easy to share results or restrict access in accordance with your company’s HR and information protection policies.

Background checks no longer need to be the time consuming and stressful process they once were for your HR staff. By integrating your background check software with your online recruiting platform, it’s easy to manage your workload, provide a good experience for candidates, and get fast and accurate results.

Applying for Jobs Online: Using a Mobile Solution for Your Online Recruiting

Applying for jobs using mobile devices is becoming increasingly common. According the Pew Research Internet Project, 58 percent of Americans own a smartphone and 32 percent own a tablet. With the increasing proliferation of mobile devices, recruiters need to develop online application processes that are mobile-responsive. If an interested candidate is unable to navigate your company’s job application on their device of choice, you’re likely to see an increase in application abandonments and candidate frustration. Here’s a closer look at the factors you should bear in mind when choosing a mobile solution for your online recruiting.

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Searching and applying for jobs online has become one of the most common methods for viewing available positions and finding new employment. Mobile device usage is transforming how online recruiting processes and technology is deployed. TalentHQ estimates that 60 percent of candidates view recruiting pages via mobile devices, and 40 percent abandon non-mobile friendly processes. Having what candidates view as a non-functioning or low-functioning recruitment application can damage your brand equity and cause more tech-savvy candidates to look elsewhere for jobs. When choosing your online recruiting solution, it’s important to select an application with strong mobile functionality.

Compatibility with a range of mobile devices

Basic mobile solutions aren’t enough. With the wide range of devices on the market today, including Apple® products and a variety of AndroidTM models, businesses need to ensure that their mobile presence is optimized for each potential device. For example, myStaffingPro’s recruiting suite offers accessibility with mobile, tablet, and Macintosh-friendly application processes. The more you anticipate a range of devices and choose a solution that works with them all, the better results you’ll get with mobile recruiting initiatives.

The benefits of social integration

Another important component of mobile recruiting is seamless social media integration. Social media promotion can be one of your most effective strategies for reaching networks of qualified candidates. Whether its industry groups on professional sites such as LinkedIn or groups of connected individuals in the same profession, social media is an important mechanism for sharing information. Selecting a recruiting solution with an integrated social component enables your employees to more easily participate in referral programs, and makes it simpler for your job listings to be quickly shared with receptive audiences.

A mobile content strategy

It’s helpful to keep in mind the limitations of mobile devices when creating your recruiting content and designing your process. For example, does your company background material run for several pages or leverage formats like PDFs that may not work with all mobile devices? Consider the length and format of your supporting documents, and consider offering excerpts with links to more detailed information for candidates browsing on smaller screens. Mobile recruiting goes beyond technology; it’s important to pair the best technological solutions with processes and collateral designed with the mobile context in mind.

If your company is currently developing strategies to better meet the needs of candidates applying for jobs online, contact myStaffingPro today. Our advanced online recruiting tools streamline your processes, connect you more efficiently with qualified candidates, and eliminate unnecessary administrative work from the recruiting process.

Recruiting with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Are you using the Microsoft Dynamics GP Human Resources (HR), Applicants, and/or Requisitions tables?  Maximize your HR capabilities by adding recruiting to the font-end.

myStaffingPro applicant tracking system offers:

Automatic Requisition Export – Maintain accurate and current requisition information with an hourly requisition export from myStaffingPro to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Configurable Applicant Data Transfer – Determine when and what information is transferred to Microsoft Dynamics GP with myStaffingPro’s flexible integration options.  Standard applicant export fields include but are not limited to:

  • First, Middle, and Last Name
  • Address and Phone Number
  • Apply Date and Dynamics GP Status
  • Requisition Number
  • Referral Source and Description

Microsoft Dynamics GP Import – Receive myStaffingPro data into the Human Resources (HR), Applicants, and/or Requisitions tables of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Integration Administration – View the integration’s details and track the transfer status, date, and completion time.  If desired, the automatic transfer can be suspended and scheduled for a later date.

Customization - Add custom fields to myStaffingPro, and include the fields in the Microsoft Dynamics GP data transfer.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is our number #1 integration.  To learn more, please contact us at http://dynamics.mystaffingpro.com