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Outplacement Providers Struggle to Use Analytics to Drive Results

Outplacement providers struggle to use analytics to drive results. Workforce analytics have evolved considerably in the past two decades and yet application in many organizations is scant.  Some organizations, however, are reaping the benefits of using more sophisticated, but practical, workforce tools and measures to understand, predict, and control important business outcomes. However, with all this workforce analytics transformation, Outplacement Providers struggle to keep up with HR analytics that demonstrate participant engagement, utilization and time to placement. Over the last year, I’ve read time and time again that HR is sitting on a gold mine of data about their workforce. The only problem is most companies and HR executives don’t have the tools to access the “data” in order to make sound business decisions. A new generation of SaaS based analytics software is allowing organizations to access employee data more efficiently and reliably ...

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Ask the Coach: Interview with Career Consultant Andrea Abernethy

Andrea Abernethy is one of Careerminds’ career consultants. As a consultant, Andrea assists program participants throughout their career transition, providing support, advice, and encouragement when needed. With twenty years of experience in the education industry, including ten years working for her own business that she started from the bottom up, Andrea then transitioned to working as a career coach. After some time coaching at a different firm, Andrea began working as a career consultant for Careerminds. Andrea has coached hundreds of Careerminds participants, helping them find jobs across many different industries. The following is an interview with Andrea in which I asked about her experiences in and thoughts on her role in the company and Careerminds’ services. Q: From your perspective, what makes Careerminds different than other outplacement companies? A: I think Careerminds really cares about helping people; it’s not just about ...

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Why Manufacturing Needs Outplacement?

Why manufacturing needs outplacement? More than 12 million Americans work in manufacturing. More than one fifth of U.S. employment is directly or indirectly related to the manufacturing field. And many manufacturing companies face an employee turnover rate of more than 20-30%. When it comes to Human Resources, manufacturing can be a definite challenge. From dealing with unions to instilling safety regulations, taking care of employees in a factory is incredibly different than taking care of employees in an office. “You spend a lot of time on the floor,” says HR manager Stan Brewer in an article in HR Magazine. “In an office environment, if there’s a problem, employees come to you. In manufacturing, you go to them.” Beyond the day to day work of HR managers in manufacturing lies the challenges of firing and hiring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there ...

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Who are Millennials and Why Should I Care?

Who are millennials and why should I care? They capture national attention. They attract marketers and recruiters alike. And now, they’re taking over the workforce. As the largest and most diverse generation America has ever seen, millennials are a big deal, and they’re going to become an even bigger deal in the near future. This generation of young adults, ranging in age from about 19 to 36, is taking the world and workplace by storm. Already, millennials outnumber both the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations in the workplace. Additionally, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in just fifteen years millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. Okay, so millennials matter. Now what? What’s most important today is that employers, managers, and other workforce leaders understand who they’re dealing with. Plenty of research has been conducted about millennials, including what ...

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A Lesson on Leadership from SHRM 2015

A baseball team suffers without a good coach. An orchestra falters without a good conductor. A business fails without a good manager. In any group, the quality of leadership determines the quantity of success. And according to author, researcher, and leadership expert Marcus Buckingham, a good leader is paramount to success. As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Las Vegas, Buckingham highlighted the shift in what leadership means for the modern workplace. He believes that the modern workplace should stop focusing on the best leadership and instead focus on what the best leaders do. Then what do the best leaders do? Most importantly, they communicate - especially with their team members. Buckingham emphasized the importance of a leader regularly “checking in” with his or her employees. While a seemingly obvious task, it is one ...

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