The NYSA News
May. 13, 2014

Help wanted: 3 ways to minimize new-hire risk
By Catherine Iste
Great news: Companies are hiring again. In fact, today's Labor Department numbers show unemployment in the U.S. falling to 6.3 percent — the lowest figure since September 2008. But with each new hire comes threats to the organization's integrity. From potential shifts in the culture with each new personality to actual security breaches and confidentiality of trade secrets, we invite potential threats in the door with each hiring decision. Most organizations hedge against these risks with steps in the recruiting process like behavioral interviews and background checks. Are these steps enough? More

4 ways to make interviewing a 2-way street
So much information is thrown at job seekers on how to interview: here is how to dress; here is what to say; this is the answer to the million-dollar salary question; be sure to send a thank-you letter, etc. Then there are the horrid interview stories that everyone consistently shares with one another and laughs at: the girl who brought her cat into an interview, the recent college graduate who mid-way through the interview takes a call on his cell phone, the gentleman who shows up dressed in shorts — just to name a few recruiting water cooler stories. Yet, hardly if ever does anyone, especially recruiters, HR professionals or hiring managers stop to look at themselves and analyze their own behavior. More

Secrets to attracting and hiring the best talent
Staffing Talk
Whether you are talking about a new war on talent, workforce mobilization, candidate sourcing, or a number of other topics on the subject, the ways to attract – and hire – the best talent these days is changing and evolving. Fast. And constantly. More

Hold on to your health care
The Daily Beast
Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants. More

The 10 commandments of employee onboarding
By Mel Kleiman
It's important for businesses remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best and giving them an outstanding onboarding process that builds lasting relationships. If you follow these commandments, your organization will become just that — the best. First off, tell every promising applicant not only what's wonderful about the job and the company, but also about what is challenging. This way, neither you nor your new hire will face an unpleasant surprise. More

4 major skills gaps in the US workforce
The Staffing Stream
More and more research is showing that the U.S. workforce has significant skills gaps when it comes to both hard and soft skills. And, with the economy picking up – 2 million new jobs were created in 2013 – supply is not keeping up with demand. The McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2020 the United States may have 1.5 million open jobs. And not just open jobs, but jobs that cannot be filled due to a lack of qualified, educated domestic workers. This is a staggering number, considering it’s nearly equivalent to the number of jobs created in the past year, alone. More

Dealing with difficult people? Remember, it's not them — it's you
Buffalo Business First
In a perfect world, we would only have to work for, work with, or be around people we liked and who liked us. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world so we have to deal with difficult people all the time — at work, at the mall, at our kids’ sports events, in the grocery store, and even on the road. They can be our customers, our bosses, our employees, our colleagues, and yes, even our own family members. More

US plan aims to draw immigrants with technology skills
The New York Times
The Obama administration, looking to make adjustments to the nation’s immigration system while broader legislation is stalled in Congress, recently announced plans to allow the spouses of some highly skilled temporary immigrants to work in the United States. More

Is momentum building for state-run retirement savings accounts?
Albany Business Review
A growing number of states are considering government-run retirement savings plans that would be available to some private-sector workers, but financial services companies are pushing back, calling such plans a threat to business. More

How to get your staff in the game
By Harry J. Friedman
Part of running a business involves utilizing and developing skills to get everyone to play the same game, to work toward the same goals and objectives. But what's the likelihood that all your employees are playing the same game you are? Athletes demonstrate the "big game" phenomenon all the time. When they're focused on the game, minor and even major injuries don't faze them, and they keep playing to win. Your ability to spread "big game" fever to everyone in your business will play a huge role in your success. More