Derailing Classification System Implementation - May, 2017

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Weighing Organizational Culture Versus Best Practices - By Kari Mercer, Senior Consultant Best practices.  The term was first recorded circa 1980 and refers to a procedure or set of procedures that is preferred or standard in an organization or industry.  It is a term we hear a lot these […] Arrow Read More

Rafting the RFP Rapids - April, 2017

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A Well-Planned RFP Process = Calm Waters - By Georg Krammer, CEO, and Ruth Zablotsky, Administrative Analyst The floodgates have opened.  And we are not talking about water running over California dams during this year's epic rainfall!  Over the last couple of years, we have seen a steady increase in the […] Arrow Read More

Why Hire for Diversity? - February, 2017

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Diverse Workforce = Innovation, Creativity and Reduced Turnover - By Barbara Davis, Recruitment Manager According to Glassdoor.com, 67% of active and passive job seekers say that they look at a company's workforce diversity when considering both potential employers and job offers. Revising your talent brand to better reflect diversity […] Arrow Read More

Classification Creep - January, 2017

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Is it creeping into your agency? - By Kari Mercer, Consultant You may be asking yourself, "What is classification creep?" It is a term that refers to the upward movement of positions within an organization's classification system without the commensurate shift in duties and responsibilities.  In other words, a position or group of positions is elevated to a higher […] Arrow Read More

Re-Energize Your Mission - November, 2016

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Organizational Studies Present Unique Opportunity - By: Kevin Hardy, Senior Consultant Watershed Moment Maybe it was obvious -- an event or a series of events that you now understand altered your organization’s status quo. Perhaps it was inconspicuous -- the emergence of alliances or rhetoric challenging the organization’s […] Arrow Read More

Don’t Panic! Plan. - October, 2016

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Build a Talent Pool through Succession Planning - By: Barbara Davis, Senior Recruitment Consultant As you look around your organization, you see that everything is going really smoothly. And then, it hits you.  What if my CFO (or any key person) left?  What if it happened tomorrow?  After a […] Arrow Read More

A Cautionary Tale About Hiring - September, 2016

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Missing the Mismatch - By: Barbara Davis, Senior Recruitment Consultant You did an exhaustive search. All of the resumes were screened. You had many candidates that were qualified and spent two days interviewing. After a protracted debriefing session, the panel recommended three candidates to move […] Arrow Read More

Make Time For Change - August, 2016

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Plan Ahead for a Classification and/or Compensation Study - All sectors of the economy experienced difficult times during the economic downturn that occurred in 2008-2010. Public agencies had to undertake cost cutting measures, such as hiring freezes, layoffs and furloughs, to be able to continue functioning and providing services […] Arrow Read More

Beyond New Employee Orientation - June, 2016

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Onboarding: A Wise Investment - By: Barbara Davis, Senior Recruitment Consultant Onboarding?  New employee orientation?  Same difference, right? Well, no. After an exhaustive search, you have finally identified the perfect candidate.  She will be starting in a couple of weeks. You sent her all of your benefits information […] Arrow Read More

Broad Classifications Meet Many Organizational Needs - June, 2016

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Right Classification System for Your Organization will make it Bloom - Last month we highlighted the differences between broad and narrow classification plans, and how to identify the right balance for your organization. An organization interested in providing career development and growth opportunities for an existing staff is best served by implementing a […] Arrow Read More

Classification Plans: The Balancing Act - April, 2016

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Crafting the Right Classification Plan for your Organization - A good classification plan is one that evolves over time as job descriptions are continuously refined.  A classification plan is the organization of an entity’s individual positions into groupings based on common relations or inherent similarities.  This plan provides an […] Arrow Read More

Pension Reform: Implications On Pay - March, 2016

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What is the Impact on Your Recruitment and Pay Strategy? - Last month, we talked about equity adjustments and the benefits to an organization of addressing total compensation inequities. In examining total rewards, historically, the public sector has done a good job of using discretionary dollars to (1) enhance an employee’s […] Arrow Read More

Right The Ship With Equity Adjustments - February, 2016

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Get on Board: Equity adjustments help address salary inequities - Compensation strategies are designed to attract and retain excellent staff. Today's public sector environment is one where there are competing demands for talent and an onslaught of retiring employees. At the same time, there is an expectation that agencies are […] Arrow Read More

How Does An Applicant Tracking System Add Value? - February, 2016

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Needle in a Haystack: Applicant tracking system for your needs - By: Barbara Davis, Senior Recruitment Consultant In a New York Times Op-Ed column, a candidate stated that he had written an algorithm allowing him to apply to every job posted on Craigslist in a given city (read column here.) It's no […] Arrow Read More

Examining Your Candidates - February, 2016

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Practical Tests Can Bring Focus - By: Barbara Davis, Senior Recruitment Consultant As an employer, when you are considering a hire, you would ideally like more information than you would gather from how the candidate answers your questions during an interview. Collecting additional information isn't just a […] Arrow Read More

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