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Whats this BYOD (bring your own device) all about? What it means for your company and HR team.

We reported in our HR and business outlook for 2013 the increased emergence and in some cases reliance on BYOD (Bring your own device).

BYOD is the policy and acceptance of allowing employees to bring and use their own IT devices (typically phone, tablet, PC/Laptop) for work use

Recent research has found its use has grown rapidly in high growth markets like Russia and Brazil (where it’s reached close to 75% of companies) while in the USA and other mature markets it’s closer to 50%

You may think that BYOD is something companies have to specifically elect to do (they should), but it was surprising to read that almost half of BYOD use was unmonitored (either ignored by IT or unknown to IT).

So BYOD, whether you’ve implemented it or still on the fence or ruled it out, is here to stay and its use will likely only grow.

Benefits can include

Reduced IT capital spending
Increased productivity / program access
Improved morale/talent attraction – this last one is a bit...

Filling in an application form correctly

How to fill in application form the right way

An application form is often the first and most difficult stage of landing yourself a new job. It has becoming increasingly common trend in the job market for companies to ask applicants to fill in an application form rather than submitting a more general CV. While this approach can benefit the employer in many ways, it can be time-consuming and difficult process for an applicant and can often cause quite a bit of hair pulling and worry!

Determine exactly what the application form questions are after

When attempting to draft an answer to an application form question, it is important that you approach it with the correct mentality. Don’t simply take a question at face value.You need to consider exactly what skills and attributes the question is trying to look for. For example, a question such as ‘what are your hobbies and interests?’ doesn’t mean that they want to know about the rare stamp collection you’ve...

Making sense of employee retention and it’s importance for your business!

Retention remains a top priority in HR strategy

Many HR teams are focusing, it’s recently been reported, on how best to retain their top talent as it has been revealed that the way to increase productivity now lies with pinpointing your best employees and helping them increase their output. HR teams are looking at how implementing retention plans and providing great performance reviews that can nurture the workforce and keep them for the long term – driving down recruitment costs and, it’s hoped, pushing up productivity levels. Therefore the ability to properly monitor and record the development of your talent has become a priority for many businesses – enabling them to maintain an ongoing record as to the individuals’ progress, as well as any discussions and plans that are put into place. Action HRM is perfectly positioned to help with talent performance management as part of an integrated HR platform. Enabling businesses to manage all aspects of...

No more boredom! Get engaged employees

Should employees have the right to sue for boredom?

Ask anyone how precious there life is and most people will reply “very precious”, so why do employers keep employees doing the same repetitive tasks. Providing the same repetitive goals and rewards?

HR technology can help change processes and online performance review software can provide a platform for continual challenge and recognition. No there’s no excuse for wasting people’s time or limiting your business results.

Employees need work that is stimulating, challenging and meaningful so that at the end of the day they go home feeling satisfied and with a sense of achievement. See how ActionHRM could help your business. Here are few free tips!

To reduce boredom, wasted time and improve results organisations should ensure

  • Repetition at work minimised
  • Regular performance reviews are conducted
  • Employees to share the outcome – i.e. appreciate the value of employee effort
  • Recognise and reinforce positive...

Workplace Internet Monitoring – will it reduce waste, or is it futile fight & privacy battleground?

Most of us would be hard pressed to deny use of use employer provided internet access and paid time for personal use.

In fact a survey by salary.com in 2012 found that over 64% of employees use employer provided internet access for personal use at some point each day. Most employees 68% spent less than 2 hours each week with close to 39% surveyed spending less than hour.

The challenge for companies is to find the correct line between time wastage minimisation and employee well being, productivity and happiness. Especially in today’s social and mobile connected world it’s no longer just a case of employers blocking specific sites – as employees can easily use personal smart phones to access the internet OR easily circumvent IT restrictions.

Some of the survey findings highlighted they key challenge for HR and business essentially whether this time truly wasted. Most employees (71%) felt that short breaks include personal internet surfing / reading made them more...

Recruitment – How to Conduct effective Job Interviews & Get better Hires

Interviews are still the most critical part of the hiring process. It helps to confirm skills, check for personality and job match and past employment history to ensure you make the right hire.

Making a bad hire decision can have a considerable cost and not just in salary, customer problems, training time, time cost to rehire are just a few. So taking time to know the type applicant your after, what your going to ask/assess and how you will structure the interview will save time and money.

To help determine what key skills your answers should target, it is often useful to check an employer’s website. In the ‘about’ section of the homepage you can often find hidden gems to include in your answers. You’ll often see the values and qualities that a company looks for in its employees, by targeting these values directly within your answers, you are giving the application form markers exactly what they are looking for.

In most cases the hiring manager will need to...

Great article by Dave Kerpen 17 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

There is a great article just posted recently on on Linked in by David Kerpen “17 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss”. It outlines some thoughts from new age CEO’s on leadership, honesty, hiring qualities they look for in employees. It also highlights the importance of honesty, openness for productive workplace and a healthy workplace culture.

Well worth a read for employee, managers and Human Resource (HR) employees.

I’m not sure what this google employee was trying to prove. The quote from the article could indicate the anonymous person may already be an ex-employee.

‘I Agree to Disagree’

“Whether it is said explicitly or passive-aggressively, this mindset has no place in startup culture. Those who have this mindset should either found their own startups or go work in big corporate America where this goes unnoticed. At a startup, you’re either all the way in or all the way out.”

Should you HR team be using Social Media?

The rise of popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter has had an almost revolutionary impact on the way that people communicate and interact with one another online. It is a great way to keep in touch with rarely seen family members or friends, find people with similar interests, promote a business and a hundred other things besides. Given the way that it links people together through social networks, it is perhaps surprising that HR teams have to some extent been slow on the uptake when it comes to using social media. Listed below are just some of the ways that it can benefit an HR team and business in general.

Recruitment: One of the biggest reasons that HR teams should use social media is that it really does open up a whole new world of recruitment possibilities. Although a position may be advertised internally and externally, its profile may not always be high enough to attract the most suitable candidates. Websites such as LinkedIn are ideal for building up a...

Social Media – Asset, Liability or a Fact of Life

Social Media, is it an Asset, Liability of just a Fact of Modern Life? It depends who you ask and also how it is managed. Managers may see it as a timewaster but many employees view it as a necessary way of networking their customers, colleagues and a way to express their views.

From the companies perspective it can be enormously valuable if the organisation is open to new ideas, the employees are happy and enjoy good conditions and are well managed. It can promote the company image, help in recruitment and product and service promotion. If however the company culture is poor, employees are not happy and there is a general atmosphere of mistrust then this benefits will not be realised.

On the other hand it can become another distraction to work for employees, in some cases it could allow the leakage of confidential private documents or publish inaccurate company information.

The reality is that whether employers like it or not it is here to stay, they need to recognise that it is...

Reducing Employee Turnover Has Never Been This Easy

Finding skilled and motivated employees has always been difficult, but keeping them happy and fulfilled so that they stay on long enough to make the time spent recruiting and training them worth your while is often the most challenging part.

A recent study carried out by the University of Wisconsin shows that replacing an employee who earns $9.50 an hour could cost you as much as $2,200 in recruitment and training.

While it is true that most employees do not stay with the same company for the duration of their careers, there are some things you can do to reduce employee turnover and keep your business running smoothly. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:


Be selective when hiring

It would be better to leave a position open for a bit longer than hire an employee who isn’t a good fit for the job. Along with being qualified to do the job, the right employee should also fit in well with their coworkers, managers and the company culture.

A person’s attitude is...