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Timely blog posts by HR and Recruiting consultants responding to every day questions, hot topics and compliance-related news as it relates to attracting, engaging and retaining talent.

Krystal Freeman

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Risk Management | Business Management & Strategy | Employee Relations

By: Krystal Freeman
February 8th, 2016

With the all of the news around Yahoo's massive layoffs and the wrongful termination lawsuit they are facing, it had me thinking about terminations. While I'm going to assume you are probably not in the same position as Marissa Mayer, you probably have had a few employees leave your company in the past. Sometimes it’s best for the employee to move on whether it’s for family reasons or because he or she wants/needs to grow professionally. Sometimes, you may find that you have a few challenges going on internally. Nonetheless, as the manager, you should ensure your employee’s offboarding process is as smooth as possible. A successful offboarding can not only benefit you, but the exiting employee as well. Let’s explore a few of strategies that will ensure a successful offboarding- starting with the opportunity to receive feedback.

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Best Practices | Employee Relations | Talent Acquisition

By: Krystal Freeman
February 3rd, 2016

As a manager, I’m sure you have brought on quite a few new hire employees. Some of these employees, when beginning employment, can “jump right in” and become a part of the team. However, others may take some time to adjust to the new culture. To assist in culture assimilation and the learning of company policies and procedures, I always recommend creating a mentor or buddy program for my client's new hires. They've already invested a lot of time and resources in finding the best candidates, so by instituting this as part of their onboarding program, they are ensuring a smooth transition and investing in their future success.

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Employee Relations | Talent Acquisition

By: Krystal Freeman
September 1st, 2015

Recently, I had a hiring manager contact me and ask me my opinion about a candidate she interviewed.  The manager mentioned the candidate was incredibly nervous during the in-person interview. However, during the initial phone screen I had with the candidate, she was well spoken and confidently provided details of her previous work experience. That said because the hiring manager asked for my opinion, this leads me to believe she saw a candidate with growth potential and an eagerness to learn and trusted my judgment as her recruiting consultant. As hiring managers are you able to “spot” a candidate that could be groomed and developed as a star performer? Let’s explore some of the best ways to identify high potential in candidates.

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HR Tech | Talent Acquisition

By: Krystal Freeman
July 24th, 2015

Let’s be honest, Facebook is probably the number one social media site most people will participate in online. Their most recent stats say that they had 936 million daily active users on average for March 2015. For those of us who use it know that it allows you to connect with friends, family, peers, and in general those that “travel in your circle.” So most of us agree that it's a great place to "hang out" online. That said, is it the best place to recruit for talent? Facebook is not known to be a professional social networking site such as LinkedIn. As a recruiter, I have heard arguments for using - and not using - Facebook as a means to recruit and find qualified candidates. Let’s take a little time to examine the Pros and Cons of using Facebook to recruit.

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Best Practices | Employee Relations

By: Krystal Freeman
July 17th, 2015

“Uh oh Human Resources is in the building!”  “Shhh…don’t say anything Human Resources is here!”  “I better not say that because there is our HR person!”  As a professional providing HR outsourcing, I believe we have all heard these statements or something similar. Now at first glance, this could provide a bit of a chuckle, but let’s take a deeper dive into the real background noise of it all.

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Employee Relations | Talent Acquisition

By: Krystal Freeman
April 17th, 2015

As the hiring manager, there are a few candidates within your organization that would be a great fit for your vacancy. Recruiting internally can be advantageous for you as a hiring manager, and should be considered a best practice for your organization.  Let’s take a little time to review the benefits of recruiting for a position internally versus externally.