This Week at Red Branch: Emotional Intelligence in a RIF, Best Practices with New Hires, & Warren Buffett Hiring Right

Best Practices, Employees, Employer, Hiring, HR

We have been very busy reading, writing, and posting all over the internet for clients this week. Here is a quick glance of what we’ve been up to at Red Branch Media.

Careerminds posted an article this week about emotional intelligence in the workplace. They explain how taking employees emotions into account when conducting a RIF will benefit the company.

Emotional Intelligence in the RIF Process

Layoffs –a word that can send employers fleeing to their lawyers. Company leaders can often get so wrapped up in the logistics of things that they forget that they’re dealing with real people, who will have real concerns and reactions. The preparation work that goes into conducting a reduction in force should be extensive. There are so many variables to consider and emotions are often either left to the wayside, or completely mishandled.

Emotional intelligence in business is all too often considered taboo, as if emotions are supposed to be removed from the workplace. The ridiculous notion that emotions have no place in business is a recipe for bad management. Whether we are aware of it or not, emotions play a huge part in every interaction and decision. Leaders should have an understanding of their own emotions and how they impact those around them. According to Rob Fazio, an Executive Emotional Intelligence professional, “The greater ability executives have to receive feedback, understand themselves, their people, and their situations, the more likely they are to choose an approach that will create the best result for their organization.” Continue Reading…

Our friends over at Visibility Software posted a few best practices in order to get new employees performing well quickly.

Throw ‘em into the Lion’s Den or Coddle Them?


The age-old debate about onboarding new or newly transitioned employees. Is the sink or swim method best, or should you hold their hand through the learning process? We aren’t all natural-born leaders and we don’t always know which route, or combination thereof to take when it comes to training. The end goal is to build a productive, cohesive and engaged team. So what training and management methods will get you there?

While there is no secret recipe, there are some tried and true practices for getting your new team members where they need to be in a timely manner. Read the tips here…

Recruiterbox wrote about Warren Buffett and how he hires his employees. There are some great statements in this post that are really beneficial to hiring managers.

What Warren Buffett Wants to Know Before He Hires You

Hiring right is easier said than done. Everyone has their two cents about sourcing, screening and hiring, but what ends up mattering are the tried and true methods. Warren Buffett has been known for his no nonsense, down to earth business style, so it’s no surprise that the three main qualities Buffett looks for are simple and common sense.

We’ve all made hiring mistakes. Whether we’re in a rush to get a position filled, or simply didn’t screen well, some bad hires have slipped through the cracks. The cost of these employees can weigh heavily on the organization. Hiring practices are just another one of those processes that get refined over time and with knowledge. Take a few pointers on hiring right from a great in the business world, Warren Buffett.

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” –Warren Buffett  Continue Reading…

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