Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

Three Ways to Cultivate Passionate Employees in Your Workplace

Employee engagement is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. More companies are realizing the importance of having employees who are happy in their jobs and enjoy coming to work each day. Research has shown that engaged employees are more productive than disengaged ones, and they stay with a company longer as well. Here is… Read More »

How to Increase Diversity in the Workforce

Diversity in the workplace is not just a nice thing to have. It is essential for a number of reasons. It helps to increase productivity and innovation. This happens when people of different backgrounds come together to exchange thoughts and ideas. Diversity ignites creativity. Moreover, it helps companies work better with customers. Businesses sell to… Read More »

Talent Shortages Bring Changes in Hiring Practices

The unemployment rate has declined sharply since the last recession, and now stands at just about four percent. For college-educated workers, it is even lower, at around 2 percent. Because of this, employers are having trouble finding the talent they need. Almost two-thirds of business leaders in a recent survey said they were having trouble… Read More »

How to Spot Lies on a Resume

These days, just about everyone believes that people exaggerate accomplishments on their resumes. But the number of actual falsehoods may even be worse than people imagine. Recent surveys show that outright falsehoods on resumes appear to be on the rise. About half of the people surveyed recently said they know of someone who lied on… Read More »

Problems with Myers-Briggs

Many companies use personality tests and other types of standardized evaluations to screen job applicants. But it is important for companies to keep in mind the purposes and limitations of such tests. They should be used along with other more traditional assessments. The usefulness of some of the tests has even been called into question.… Read More »

Following Job Candidates

You are looking to hire a new employee. You have advertised the job, reviewed resumes and conducted interviews. You finally have chosen the top candidate, but then you get a surprise. The person turns down your offer. It can be a real blow – a lot of time and effort that did not yield the… Read More »

How to Compose a Job Offer Letter

Letters that notify an applicant of a job offer usually set forth the terms and conditions of employment. They are not legal documents, however, they may contain information that does carry some legal force. For example, if the employer proffers a signing bonus, he can be considered in breach of contract if he does not… Read More »

Does Social Media Affect Productivity?

Social media is ubiquitous today. Everyone is using it, whether it be Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or any other platform. People seem to spend more of their time on social media than off, either recording what they are doing, or following what others are doing. One survey showed the variety of reasons people use social… Read More »

Opti Staffing Group Renews Commitment to Candidate Development

New mission statement created to articulate our holistic hiring approach. Recently several team members at Opti sat down to create a mission statement that reflects our commitment to our candidates. We chose to approach this initiative as a team in order to gain perspectives from various individuals within the company. The goal was to articulate… Read More »

Personality Tests

During the interview process, you ask questions designed to understand a job candidate’s personality and motivation, to find out what the person is like, what kind of character they have. You may be satisfied with this assessment of the job candidate and your own judgment. Many companies, however, are now going a little further in… Read More »