This Week at Red Branch: Using Linkedin at 13, Advice From Phil Libin, Affordable Benefits Programs, & Making References Beneficial

Recruiting, Social Media

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.

Checking references can often seem like a hinderance, but they are very beneficial to the hiring process. What happens when a candidate’s reference gives them a poor recommendation? Recruiterbox posted a great article in this very subject.

References: Waste of Time, or a Recruiter’s BFF?

Reference checking can be a frustrating and time consuming part of the job. Because of strict reference policies, checking up on references can turn into a minefield for those in HR. Most companies are only allowed to confirm title, dates of employment and eligibility of rehire. It is a balancing act to stay within the legal boundaries while conducting a thorough reference check.

According to a post on common myths of reference checking, “Approximately 50% of Allison & Taylor’s, a professional reference checking company, clients receive a bad reference, despite the strict policies in place.” When you consider that most HR professionals conduct reference checks in the final stages of the screening process, it’s a big deal that half of their relevant candidates are receiving bad references. This is when you have to consider the human factors. Continue Reading…

Our friends over at Careerminds wrote an article on employee benefits programs and how employers can offer simple and affordable solutions.

How to Enhance Your Benefits Programs

Earlier this week we did a post on the readiness of, and cost to companies based off of new healthcare reforms. Benefits are on the minds of employers and employees more than ever before. With the majority of companies changing their benefits packages to make room for the rising costs of healthcare, many employees are left wanting.

Benefits have quickly become a very important part of employee satisfaction. According to a Drake International slideshare, employees who are very satisfied with their benefits are nearly 3X as likely to say that they are very satisfied with their job and therefore, less likely plan to leave. We see here a huge correlation between satisfaction with benefits and retention. We all know that high retention rates are associated with high morale, boosted productivity and an improved bottom line. The problem is that given the new healthcare reforms, there is little room to work on improving benefits packages. Here are some cost effective methods to enhancing benefits programs. Read more…

We have all heard some of the amazing things companies are doing to boost their employee moral because traditional office practices are becoming something of the past. Visibility Software posted an article about Evernote‘s office practices and how they have actually made them work.

Some Fantastic Pearls of Management Wisdom From Phil Libin

small__4771136128Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote has a reputation for his untraditional management style. Instead of following the mold of those before him, Libin decided to take a step back and really concentrate on what he wanted the culture of Evernote to be like. From the technology they use to their communication methods, Evernote does things a little differently. Libin did an interview with Adam Bryant from the NY Times, and here are some take-aways.

No Offices
In an effort to create a more cohesive and engaged work space, nobody in the Evernote building has an office. Instead of having practices in place that create a ladder feeling, Evernote’s workspace is wide-open and flat. Pay is really the only indicator of seniority. There are not great parking spots or preferential treatment, everyone is out in the open. Continue Reading…

WePow (formally Wowzer) posted an article about how LinkedIn recently made its site available to kids as young as 13. They are saying it’s so parents, children, and colleges can start connecting early.

Teach Me How to LinkedIn

small__3841848227Between fitting in at junior high and learning how to Dougie, kids as young as 13 are now starting to build their professional networks on LinkedIn. LinkedIn recently opened up site privileges to students 13 and over. Coupled with the launch of University Pages, LinkedIn is expanding their reach to help young students find their University match. These new additions to the site are also intended for universities to be able to reach out to blooming young talent.

Some are left asking, “How young is too young?” The pressures of growing up in today’s social climate are tough enough. To add professional networking to the mix might be a bit much. Others are contending that it is never too early to plant the seed of higher education. Read more…

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