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Hiring to increase around the globe

Employers worldwide are planning to add staff in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. The most robust hiring plans are being reported in India, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

Despite a global economic slowdown and volatility in the financial markets, staffing levels are expected to grow in 42 of 43 countries and territories surveyed. The exception is Brazil, which is expecting a staffing decline from October to December this year, according to Manpower. The survey garnered responses from 59,000-plus organizations, including 11,000 in the U.S.


Engage employees for a competitive advantage

Employee engagement is critical, as engaged employees result in the high-performing workforce that is essential for a company’s growth and survival, according to a new Harvard Business Review Analytic Services report.

According to “The Impact of Employee Engagement of Performance,” a survey of more than 550 senior executives found that:

  • 71 percent rank employee engagement as very important to achieving overall organizational success.
  • 72 percent rank recognition given for high performers as having a significant impact on employee engagement.
  • 21 percent say employees in their organizations are highly engaged.

In addition, fewer than 50 percent of companies said they are effectively measuring employee engagement against business performance metrics such as customer satisfaction or increased market share.


A better way to screen applicants

An applicant tracking software system can help you go paperless, eliminating the need for filing cabinets and helping you better track the hiring process.

An ATS system can sort through resumes to identify those that are the best fit for a position. It also can help companies automate job posts and screen and manage applicants, reducing the time and effort associated with hiring employees. And while the systems were first designed for large companies that sort through thousands of resumes, small companies are now using ATS, as well.

An ATS system will:

  • Reduce your paper use, as documents can be stored online
  • Track documents, preventing the loss of applications and allowing you to see where an application is in the process
  • Grant 24/7 accessibility to documents, no matter where you are
  • Simplify reporting requirements
  • Eliminate the need to file and shred papers, or move and delete emails
  • Make it easier to communicate directly with applicants
  • Allow you to use key words to identify potential employees whose skillsets match those a position requires
  • Ensure that candidates, recruiters and managers are notified any time the resume goes to the next step in the workflow process

And once an employee is hired, all of the information that the candidate has previously provided can flow into W-4s, I-9s or state and local tax documents. The system can also send new hire documents and handbooks, and notify the appropriate person to set up a workspace and equipment.

As a result, a new hire’s first day can be spent on orientation and training, not filling out paperwork.