Archive for January, 2016

Employee Screening The Changing Workforce 2016

A lot has happened in regards to employment over the last few years, mostly thanks to the recovering economy. While unemployment remains at a steady low rate of just above 5% nationwide, employment rates continue to rise as nearly every industry (with the exception of Oil and Gas) flourishes and continues to add jobs to their sector.

Each year brings a slew of hiring trends to watch out for and attend to. Here’s our list of the top 5 hiring trends that will be most prominent as we head into 2016.

Employee Retention

Employee retention is at the top of the list for employers this upcoming year. With the scarcity of quality candidates in the market for a new career, it becomes even more important to hang on to the talent you’ve already got and worked so hard to get the first time around!

This can mean that you make arrangements and be more flexible in an employee’s role or be sure that you are offering growth in a role and the opportunity to be dynamic. This also means recruiting and promoting internally in order to allow more versatility in a candidate’s role.

Flexibility

Ask any candidate what they want out of a career while in their job hunt and they will list flexibility in a schedule, options for remote work, and benefits as one of the top reasons for either sticking with a company or looking for a new place to land. This is becoming more of a main point of interest, especially for the millennial generation as they move into new parenthood and value a greater sense of work/life balance and extended maternity leave.

Another great thing about remote work is that your talent pool is not only limited to local candidates. When you offer remote work, you have the opportunity to recruit from a much wider talent base, so your chances of landing a top performer are much greater.

Employer Branding

Employer branding is always an area of focus as it remains important to stay competitive in the employer marketplace. When candidates are searching for their next career or opportunity, branding can make or break a candidate’s decision, among other obvious things like opportunity and benefits.

Branding, ultimately, is an employer’s footprint on the marketplace, their reputation, and the overall effort put forth for how the world sees them. This  blog describes how employers are focusing their efforts in directing and promoting their employee brand to make sure it it in line with how they want candidates to perceive their company.

The New Workforce

As the Millennial generation begins to fill in for the retiring baby boomers and Generation Z moves into the workforce, mostly jaded and cautious because of the recent recession, the workplace will inevitably change and will need to remain flexible to keep up with technology to stay cutting edge.

Millennials make up 35% of the workforce now, which is expected to rise to 40% within the next several years, and account for 1 in 4 managers at companies. Millennials are also seeking out companies with a collaborative culture and environment versus a more traditional competitive one. Recognizing this shift in workplace culture puts you ahead of the curve and allows you to be better prepared when hiring your next generation of workers.

Workplace Evolution

With the changing job market and new workforce, the nature of employment is shifting. Instead of applying for a job because one has all of the required skills and qualifications, candidates are applying for positions to gain and develop their experiences and even possibly create a position for themselves based on their skills and interests.

Technological changes are expected to impact the work environment as well. Video conferencing and interviewing is quickly gaining popularity over the days of PowerPoint presentations. Technology continues to allow the workplace and recruiting experts to evolve and be connected with others more than ever.

Being aware and staying current is the best way to keep up with the changes happening in the employment marketplace, thus positioning your company at the forefront of these hiring trends to stay competitive.

Accurate Credit Bureau Pre-Screening Employees

The standard pre-employment screening will include but not be limited to social security verification, criminal history check, employment verification and an educational verification. You may already be familiar with pre-employment screening since most major employers conduct pre-employment screening checks for job candidates. Accurate Credit Bureau helps employers pre-screen their prospective employees.

Landlord Tenant Reasons Renters Drive You Nuts!

 

  • The tenant won’t pay rent
  • The tenant will trash your house
  • The tenant will make you go bankrupt
  • The tenant will make you clean toilets at 2 am
  • The tenant will drive you crazy

These generalizations are not unfounded. Many investors become landlords and quickly find they are overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to manage tenants – especially in low-income areas or in multifamily properties. These landlords often find themselves burned out because they never learned how to be a landlord. Tomorrow we will give you the top ten ways to become a successful landlord.

Landlord Advice Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Preventing bed bugs in your property might seem like an overwhelming task. However, there are simple tips you can follow to help prevent  a bed bug infestation in your home. Bed bugs have become a widespread problem, but following these nine steps can help keep you from becoming a statistic.

3 Reasons Bed Bugs Have Become a Big Problem
1.  Microscopic Size- Bed Bugs are tiny. An adult bed bug is less than .2 inches, or about the size of an apple seed. Newly born bed bugs are about half that size, making them even harder to spot. Due to their tiny size, or lack of size, they often go unnoticed, unless you are actively looking for them.
2.  Survive Without Feeding- Bed bugs feed on blood. However, they do not need a consistent supply to survive. Bed bugs can live for up to a year without blood, making them that much more difficult to get rid of.
3.   Mobility- Bed bugs are mobile. They do not have wings, so they crawl to get around, making them less noticeable.

Because they are so tiny, they can climb into bags and onto clothes without you even realizing they are there. This occurs in normal settings such as when you are seated at a movie theater, doctor’s office or while riding public transportation.

8 Tips for Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation Keep an Eye on Personal Belongings- Since bed bugs love to crawl, you have to be careful where you place your personal belongings. When possible, keep your bags and purses on your lap. If you put your bags on the floor or adjacent chairs, you risk these little crawlers getting into your property.

1. Do Your Laundry- Put clothes in the washer and dryer immediately after returning from places like movie theaters or hotel rooms. The heat will kill any bed bug.

2. Protect Your Mattress- Buy a protective mattress coiver that is approved for bed bug prevention. This will keep your actual mattress and box spring clean if bed bugs do make their way into your property. It will make them easier to spot because there are fewer crevices for them to hide in.

3. Inspect Hotel Rooms- Inspect all hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs. Look in the crevices of mattresses and do not leave open luggage on the floor or near the bed.

4. Inspect Second-Hand Items- Thoroughly inspect all second hand items, such as sofas or other furniture, that you receive for signs of bed bugs.

5. Be Careful What You Bring Into Your Home- Never bring a mattress or box spring that has been thrown away into your home. There is a reason that mattress is on the street.
6.Look Before You Sit- Check all seats before you actually sit in them. For example, on movie seats, lift the seat up and look underneath, check any crevices. Bed bugs love to hide in crevices. Look for any holes where they may be hiding.
7. Shake It Off- Wipe your clothing or shake it off before you enter your home.
8. Clean Up After Your Guests- It can be difficult to control the actions of the guests that enter your home. You may want to vacuum once they are gone in case they have brought anything into your home.

New Landlord Bills

Energy Efficiency Improvement Act

A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by swing-state senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, this legislation took some modest steps toward improving energy efficiency in buildings. In particular, the legislation created a voluntary program called Tenant Star, which provides incentives for landlords to make spaces they lease in commercial buildings energy efficient. The proposal is modeled after the Energy Star program, which does the same in newly built buildings. The bill, which passed both the House and Senate by voice vote, also contains a provision that exempted some water heaters from federal energy efficiency standards.