Monthly Archives: September 2016

When do you need to fire a bad employee?

A bad employee grows like cancer within a company, infiltrating every cell and creating a negative work environment. Many employers have a hard time firing bad employees, but the problem with keeping them employed is that they will soon turn your entire workforce against you. This hostility can lead to a decrease in profits. The bottom line is that bad employees hurt your company more than you know.

So, what constitutes a bad employee?

  •  Poor Attitude – If a subordinate employee has a poor attitude and likes to think she’s in charge, it’s time for a reboot. Do not let this behavior continue and if it does, fire her. Trust us; you’ll be much better off in the long run.
  • Blames Others – If an employee is constantly blaming others for his actions and cannot take any responsibility for his mistakes, all signs point towards firing.
  • Misses Deadlines – If an employee is regularly missing agreed-upon deadlines or simply isn’t producing work, the chances are he’s dead weight.
  • Poor Quality – If her work is not to par and you are constantly correcting mistakes, it’s time to be concerned.
  • Frequently Gone – If your employee regularly takes time off, shows up late, takes long breaks or leaves early – neglecting to make up this lost time – it’s time to start looking for a replacement.
  • Wrong Priorities – If an employee cannot multi-task and spends time on unimportant tasks, this is a sign that the job may be over his head.
  • Poor Attendance – Team members should regularly make meetings and go the extra mile to ensure that other co-workers help meet their deadlines. If this isn’t happening, signs point towards an individual that doesn’t want the team to succeed.
  • Mistreats Others – If you have a bully at work, this behavior needs immediate correction. If not, your company could be facing hostile work environment or harassment claims.
  • Improper Language – Using language that is demeaning, insulting or foul is just bad work behavior. Improper language can also open you up to sexual harassment claims.
  • Threatens Employees – This goes back to bullying – just get rid of the employee and the remaining staff will be happier and more productive.

A good manager needs to establish measurable and clear boundaries with employees. Managers need to state their expectations for the employee and the job. This way, if a problem arises, managers can help employees identify unacceptable behavior, hopefully working towards a solution.

Managers need to understand that being an employee’s best friend is not advisable. This will put you in a bad position, should you need to discuss any of the above issues with an employee. It is best to maintain a friendly, yet distinct line. This will make your position as manager much easier.

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Trends that Impact the 2016 Job Market

Currently, the big question is not if you can land a job, but if you can get your dream job. Unemployment has been steadily decreasing, resting at a steady five-percent. The good news for college graduates is that their unemployment rates are a mere 2.5-percent.

Nearly 60-percent of companies are focusing on brand, striving to keep current employees happy while continuing to recruit new and bright talent.  The latest hiring and job market trends are highlighted below.

  • Hiring Sectors Expanding – No longer is hiring only limited to the healthcare and technology sectors. There are many job opportunities for both new and seasoned employees. The top ten growing occupations are software developers, network and computer system administrators, nurses, sales managers, marketing managers, construction professionals, industrial engineers and financial managers.
  • Marketing Managers – Growing tech companies, such as Facebook and Amazon, have a growing need for marketing managers. In fact, it is one of the most in-demand jobs, second to only software developers and engineers. However, marketing manager requirements are changing due to the growth of digital consumer advertising. Today’s marketing manager is required to use analytics to determine appropriate marketing channels for customer acquisitions.
  • Software Developer – A scan of job websites reveals that software developers’ account for nearly one in 20 open job postings!
  • The Millennial Take Over – Millennials are moving their way up. Studies show that nearly 30% of managers are Millennials, 5% senior managers and 2% executives. This number is only set to increase.
  • Recruiting Videos – More companies are beginning to harness the power of video to help recruit and attract talent. Videos are a great way to highlight the culture of a company. This is similar to how many colleges recruit athletes. Giving potential employees a peak inside a company can help boost online job applications.
  • Data-Driven Recruiting – Recruiters are able to optimize the hiring process. They have the ability to pre-interview candidates, refine job descriptions and even help with setting compensation packages. This allows companies to better establish and nurture relationships with potential candidates.
  • The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Job Boom –The Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, South-central and Central Midwest could see a 40% increase in hires over last year. Regional employers are anticipated to increase their hiring by the single greatest percentage this year.

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The Latest Hiring Trends

Ninja Gig is seeing new hiring trends that are grabbing companies’ attentions nationwide. Businesses should take note of these trends, as competitive packages can mean the difference between high or low job turnover rates.

  • Perks and Benefits – Salary increases are projected to be a mere 2.9% this year, which means that more prospective employees are looking to negotiate more perks and benefits into their employment packages. This can include sign-on bonuses or relocation allowances. Some employees are looking for more flexible work schedules or additional paid time off. Additional benefits may include extended maternity, family or personal leaves.
  • Boomerang Employees – More employees are considering returning to their former employers. Studies even show that some 28% of employees are, in fact, boomerangs. Experts anticipate that companies will begin to host virtual and in-person alumni events to help boost networking with former employees. This will help companies further build their pipeline of potential rehires. As an added bonus, rehires generally require less training and are already familiar with company’s rules and procedures.
  • Social Media Increasing – Social media will continue to reach qualified job candidates. Recruiters are constantly using social media to research candidates for jobs. More people will brush up their social media profiles, making themselves available to potential job opportunities that may arise. Companies will also continue to embrace online job applications, which make it easy for potential candidates to apply for open positions.
  • Employee Referral Programs – Companies are beginning to embrace the benefits of word of mouth advertising. Companies are offering referral bonuses that range from $100 to $500 to former employees, friends of the company and current employees that refer potential job talent to their human resources departments.
  • Flexibility – The number of companies that offer flexible work arrangements will continue to increase. This may include flexible work hours, occasional telecommuting or virtual access to company files.

Finally, companies are continuing to turn to digital hiring alternatives to streamline their hiring process.  Options like job boards, applicant tracking systems, digital on-boarding packages, and more, allow companies of all sizes to simplify and streamline the previously burdensome task of hiring.  Ninja Gig is a great option to help your company accept job applications online.  The process is simple, and you can take advantage of our current 30-day free trial.  Sign up today and see why online employment apps are part of the latest hiring trends.