Invest in talent management and accommodate millennial workers, HR leaders said at a conference in Lagos, Nigeria. "We should not wait for these people to graduate or when we recruit them; rather, let us go to their schools and institutions and start managing and developing their talents from there," said Yomi Fawehinmi, HR adviser for Chevron Nigeria.
When praising employees, be specific about what they did right, point out their skills and show how their efforts help the company, writes Tom Fielder, marketing manager at LDL. Encourage them to take on more responsibility such as leading a project or training other workers.
Happy employees tend to be productive, loyal, willing to take initiative and eager to learn, writes Graham Lowe, president of The Graham Lowe Group. "By viewing engagement as an enabler of well-being, not just an end in itself, employers can support workers to feel involved, enthusiastic and energized about their jobs," Lowe writes.
When struggling to manage your day, eliminate tasks unrelated to your professional goals, writes John Rampton. Other ideas include tackling your most important task first and keeping meetings on track to save time.
Companies are dealing with a tight labor market by increasing efforts to hire older workers, who provide experience, stability and a wealth of knowledge in the workplace. Perks used to recruit older workers include flexible schedules, exercise classes, increased matches for 401(k) plans, and information on Social Security and financial wellness in retirement.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending a program that lets employers get H-1B visa applications processed within 15 days for an extra fee, likely through Sept. 10. The purpose of the change is to accelerate processing for the overall program, the agency says.
Phone interviews are often used to screen for genuine interest and discover whether an applicant's personality and demeanor are a good cultural fit, writes Amy Elisa Jackson. Prepare for your next phone interview by developing a concise synopsis of how your experience applies to the position and the company's mission.
Many people tire of their work but are wary of new expectations or lost income that may come with a new job, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine. Try to keep yourself positioned for a potential career change by brushing up on industry trends and trusting salary concerns will work out.
Don't feel pressured to change your routine unless you feel confident a change will benefit you, writes Anisa Purbasari Horton. "If you don't personally know why you're making a change, you're more likely to give up sooner and not stick with the change in the first place," she writes.
Former California lottery winner James Allen Hayes pled guilty to four federal counts of bank robbery earlier this month. Hayes won $19 million in 1998, but was found by authorities living in an abandoned garage last October.