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8 Tips to Retain and Attract Top Talent

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Human Resource and hiring experts agree on one thing—employers need to up their game when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent. In today’s economy, job seekers have many options to choose from and it takes a strategic approach to not only hire them but to retain them. Below are best practices to ensure your small business is proactive about future growth.

1. Build talent communities.
A talent community is a group of skilled employees engaged by relevant content appropriately peppered with the company’s brand that resonates with candidates. Waiting to recruit until the time of need is a foolish proposition. Within the high demand skill areas, such as Information Technology, this strategy fails to produce a high volume of readily available, high quality recruits.

2. Put a career site in place on your website.
Career sites are super easy and relatively inexpensive to put into place. Most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) allow you to create custom landing pages to highlight careers on your website. Many of these systems syndicate to multiple job boards for free—increasing your exposure to qualified candidates.

3. Referral bonuses.
A referral bonus is used to incentivize employees to identify new talent by referring friends or peers within the industry to join your team. Who knows the qualifications of the job better than those who are currently in it? If a current employee refers a new employee to you that is subsequently hired (because let’s be honest, we all want to work with our friends), then provide them with a referral bonus.

4. Make sure you are spreading a consistent message.
From LinkedIn to Facebook to Instagram, every post you make should be telling the story of your brand. From employees volunteering in the community to team-building outings, everything you post is a subtle recruitment story and is the image of your environment and culture.

The above is an excerpt. To read more tips about how to retain and attract top talent, click HERE to read the full article in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Tools for Success magazine. You can also pick up a print copy of the magazine at a Progress Bank location near you. Click for a complete list of LOCATIONS.

Ashley and Bo Ryals are the owners of DecisiveIntel, a concierge recruitment marketing firm that targets cyber security, information technology and engineering firms in the Huntsville, Ala., area. They provide customized talent sourcing, career coaching and compliance consulting.

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Five Easy Tips for Learning to Pass the Baton


Are you struggling to achieve big goals while being consumed by petty issues that slow you down? If you’re like many business owners, you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. You’re taking on entirely too much — and you know it — but you won’t let go. It’s not enough to tell you that you should be delegating more. You’d likely agree. Logically, it makes sense.

But in practice, you’re not following through. Start with these five easy tips for learning to let go:

  1. Accept that you are not the ONLY person who can do a task well. As one client said, “I realized I was putting my ego first.”
  2. Start small. Rather than handing over a major responsibility, ease into it by creating a less risky assignment for a direct report.
  3. Look at the alternative. If you don’t stop trying to “do everything,” you’ll continue to be frustrated and burned out.
  4. Develop your staff. The stronger their capability, the better you’ll function as a team.
  5. See yourself differently. Leaders don’t do it all. They lead! Revise the image you have of yourself or your role.

Having trouble delegating? Put your excuses on the table. Then note the reasons why you must pass the baton when it comes to some tasks. What could be different in your business if you let go more easily?

Release your grip.


Author: Gayle Lantz is a leadership consultant, author, speaker and founder of WorkMatters, Inc., ( a consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders think and work smarter. Learn more at our Contributors tab.




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5 Steps to Keep Business Information Confidential


Keeping your business information confidential is an important part of your overall security. Is your company doing enough in this area? Below are five steps to help you keep your company’s business information confidential and out of the hands of your competitors.

  1. Designate Information as Confidential. While this seems kind of obvious, this simple action will help categorize information important to your company’s security.
  2. Develop a Policy Statement. A Policy Statement in your employee handbook will make employees aware of the confidential nature of information to which they have access, and how it should be handled.
  3. Restrict Access. Sensitive information should be segregated from non-sensitive information.
  4. Have Contractual Protections. Three types of contract provisions are common—non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. You should consult with your human resource and/or legal professionals to help you determine which agreements fit your particular needs.
  5. Protect Electronic Data. Internet, E-mail, databases and other electronic communication methods are common in most workplaces, and for some, have replaced traditional paper communication and files. In order to protect confidential information and trade secrets, many of the same concepts discussed above should apply to electronic media as well.


Author: Charles Wilkinson, SPHR, is CEO of Human Resource Management, Inc., a management consultancy and outsourced administrative services organization. Learn more at our Contributors tab.

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