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5 Things You Need to Know About Hiring This Week

Posted by Erin Borgerson on January 25, 2013

The hiring news you need to know from the week of January 21st:

New Study: Spending on Training Jumped by 12% Last Year 

For most of us, spare time is nothing more than an illusion. But thanks to John Hollon of TLNT, we don't have to find the time to read through the entire Bersin by Deloitte’s new industry study, The Corporate Learning Factbook 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market.

hireology hiring statisticsHollon pulled the key facts and concepts and shared them with those of us who should read the entire study but probably won't.

  • Mature companies spent 34% more on training in 2012

  • Large companies spent about $46,000 on social learning in 2012

  • The overall ratio of training staff relative to the learner population continued to decline throughout 2012

  • U.S. companies spent (on average) 16% of their training budgets in 2012

Want to Hire Great Employees? Why Not Focus on Keeping Them Instead. 

We all know how important it is to keep employees on board, but  of TLNT takes it a step further. Rather than just telling you it's important, Wytiaz's article details how to keep employees around. 

Here are some of her tips:

  • Set clear expectations

  • Recognize everyday wins

  • Appreciate the person

Employee Hiring Assessments: Pet Ownership History 

Laurie Ruettimann, otherwise known as the Cynical Girl, isn't afraid to say it how it is - expletives included. But she does it in a manner where you just can't help but 1. love her or

hireology interviewing2. want to be her. Nonetheless, her latest blog about pet ownership indirectly relates to interviewing.

Here's how:

1. "If you adopted a dog or cat before understanding if your kids were allergic to animals and you returned that animal to the pound, you cannot have a job at my company." 

According to Ruettimann, this shows lack of strategic planning.

2. "If your animals are not spayed or neutered, you are also out."

The reason: Ruettimann believes this signifies short-term thinking. selfishness and putting yourself before the greater good. It's probably safe to assume you wouldn't have a job with Bob Barker either.

Although we don't include any pet-related questions in our interview guides, we fully support hiring candidates who you feel share the same values as your company.

Worn-out Employees: 5 Ways to Crank Up the Energy 

This time of year just gets to people. It's dark out when you go into the office and it's dark when you leave. It's cold and your heating bill is just a lovely reminder of that.

 of Inc. wrote an article about five ways to motivate employees. Here are some of his tips:

  • Encourage Being Uncomfortable

  • Challenge Curiosity 

  • Longer Doesn't Mean Better

Instant Upgrade: Easy Way to Boost Your Company Culture 

Increasing employee energy is only the tip of the ice burg. The next step is to boost your
company culture.  of Inc. has some creative ideas:

  • Serve food. It gives people a reason to socialize.

  • Recognize the winners.

  • Celebrate your victories.

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today! 

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.