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    Opioid Addiction at Work: What Employers Need to Know

    Originally Posted on Monster.com By: Reva Nelson

    You can’t go more than few days without a major headline about opioid addiction and the massive toll it has taken on families, communities and our society. What is less discussed is that opioid addiction at work is also a serious concern for employers. 

    Across the U.S., prescription painkiller abuse is costing employers somewhere between $18 billion and $25.5 billion a year, due to missed workdays, lost productivity and medical expenses, according to recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study and a study by Castlight Health

    As many as 71% of U.S. employers say they have been affected by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications as such opioids in a 2017 survey by the National Safety Council, based on more than 500 interviews with HR decision makers. 

    Four Companies that Reinvented their Employees Performance Reviews

    By: Dona DeZube

    Companies of all sizes and across industries are successfully replacing their employee performance reviews with more frequent results-oriented conversations. These four firms tackled the challenge of engaging employees with aplomb: 

    How to Hire Quickly and Make the Right Choice

    By: Catherine Conlan

    For growing companies, fast growth can be exciting, but it also comes with risk. You don’t have much time to agonize over every new hire.

    And yet, bringing in the wrong people could send your growing company into a tailspin. You need to set realistic timelines and follow a hiring process, says Matt Doucette, director of global talent acquisition at Monster Worldwide. 

    Here’s how to keep your hiring pipeline moving quickly when you need it most.

    What’s Needed Now: A Workplace Culture of Respect

    By: Roberta Matuson

    Recent events have underscored deeply varied opinions in our country. More than ever, your workers need a workplace that is supportive and respectful -- a place that puts aside opposing views and enables workers to get work done together. 

    Here’s how to create a workplace culture that’s inclusive and productive.



    Create Opportunities for People to Work Together 
    You don’t have to artificially create ways for people to work together; opportunities will regularly pop up on their own. As manager or business owner, what you do need to do is to seize these moments. 

    Here’s how you can do this. Suppose a problem arises in the midst of a new product launch. Rather than summoning individuals one by one to your office, bring staff members together to brainstorm ways to quickly solve the problem. 

    In other words, be inclusive -- in both good and bad times.

    How to Recruit Like a Top Ten School

    By: Roberta Matuson

    Have you noticed how some colleges and universities are experts in attracting top talent to their schools? These schools provide employers with some valuable lessons in how to attract top talent.

    Here are some best practices you can apply to your organization to recruit top talent.

    Image matters. Visit the website of any top ten school and the first thing you’ll notice are photos of happy students participating in various activities. 

    These images attract prospective students by providing a visualization of campus life. They also aim to engage parents, who are usually involved in important decisions like college or first jobs (think Millennials.)

    Take a look at your company website. Does it generate interest in your workplace or are you tempted to quickly move on? 

    If not, think about your audience. Who are you trying to attract? Consider putting together some focus groups that consist of the sort of candidates you are seeking and monitor their impressions. Then make adjustments accordingly.

    Compensation Strategies for Today’s Hottest Labor Markets

    By: John Rossheim 

    Some of today’s hottest labor markets are pushing the boundaries of compensation. Data geniuses in finance can demand a big bump-up in pay. SQL and Java programmers are needed in great numbers, and their pay is rising apace. Healthcare executives who manage to maintain both quality and profits can earn big bonuses. 

    But beyond those and closely related examples, the majority of employers are successfully holding increases in cash compensation to new-normal lows as part of their compensation strategy.

    How to Train your Recruiters to Be Better Listeners

    There’s broad consensus among recruitment executives that 2016 is the year of listening -- attentive and active listening. 

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