The NYSA News
Apr. 29, 2014

How to make better hiring decisions
By Mel Kleiman
The best applicant and the best employee are rarely one in the same, so I recommend following a "hire tough, manage easy" philosophy. Even if you occasionally miss the mark, you will still be hiring to a higher standard. The following "best practices" will help you build an excellent team. First, remember there are two parts to every interview: gathering information and evaluating that information. To the best of your ability, keep them separate. Most interviewers have a tendency to let one good or bad answer skew their take on subsequent responses. More

There's a new site for hiring veterans
Michelle Obama announced new online resources for hiring veterans, translating military skills, and finding resumes of veterans and their spouses. More

New York State Labor Department releases preliminary March 2014 area unemployment rates
New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for March 2014. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State. More

IRS pays bonuses to employees who don't pay their taxes
Albany Business Review
So you didn't pay the government what you were supposed to in taxes? No problem if you work for the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS paid more than $1 million in cash bonuses to more than 1,100 agency employees who owed back taxes to the federal government, according to an audit conducted by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. That's the same office that concluded the IRS had singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status. More

Know the difference between 'training' and 'coaching' employees
Buffalo Business First
Managers often use the terms “training” and “coaching” interchangeably. This leads to a lot of confusion for both managers and employees, and makes it difficult to evaluate the outcomes of each. More

Employee distrust pervasive, survey says
Staffing Industry Analysts
Nearly one in four U.S. workers say they don’t trust their employer and only about half believe their employer is open and upfront with them, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey released today. More

Don't underestimate the morale drain of petty torments in the workplace
You may be familiar with the proverbial man who killed his wife because she left the cap off the ketchup bottle once too often. (Something like this actually happened.) In business as in marriage, it’s the little things that torment us. More

Is your hiring process too friendly?
We all agree that nothing ruins a workplace culture like a jerk co-worker or a rude manager. But how do you uncover those characteristics in your pre-employment interviews? Even Vladimir Putin can seem charming if you only ask questions like What are your career goals? What motivates you? and What are you looking for in a job? before making an offer. More

Do you have the right people on your bus?
Identifying the team players who aren't contributing the quantity or quality that they should is both uncomfortable and unpleasant. But it's also essential to your company's growth. More

It's time to pay your employees to quit — Will you do it?
By Robin Throckmorton
Following in the footsteps of Zappos, Amazon recently implemented its own "pay to quit" program to find out just how happy its employees are. In a nutshell, Amazon is offering up to $5,000 to employees to quit, with hopes that they won't take it. Why would Amazon do something like this? The online retailer has realized the value of having employees who want to work for the company and gives those who don't a way out. Can you afford this impact on your company?More