Posts Tagged ‘New Hires’

Delivering Great New Employees – Part 3

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

In today’s video blog, CAI’s Vice President of Membership, Doug Blizzard, shares his last installment of advice for hiring great new employees. Doug starts the video by describing a triangle that represents a pool of job candidates. He says the 80 percent of candidates that are at the bottom of the triangle are aggressively searching for a new job. The five percent of candidates at the top of the triangle are not open to new opportunities. However, Doug says the actual challenge is to attract the 15 percent in the middle who aren’t looking but might be open to a better opportunity.

To uncover those 15 percent, Doug offers several tips in the video. His first tip is to engage employees. He suggests telling your employees about current openings at the company and asking them to tell their friends, as well as post about the jobs on Facebook and LinkedIn. His second tip is to encourage employees to brag about the cool things your company is doing, such as blood drives or food drives. His last tip is to ask employees questions like “why do you enjoy working for our company” or “what makes our company different from our competition.” Doug says to use their answers in campaigns and ads to target and attract new employees.

Doug’s overall message is to train your employees to be good talent scouts for your organization. Please call our Advice and Resolution Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746 for additional ways to attract new talent.


Are You Using the Correct Form I-9 for Your New Hires?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Form I9The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent out a press release Tuesday, May 7, reminding employers that starting that day, they must use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.

USCIS explains that employers can find the revision date of the new Form I-9 on the lower left corner of the form. The agency warns against completing new Form I-9s for existing employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file. USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of the Form I-9.

The agency provides a Spanish version of Form I-9 (revision 03/08/13)N, and it is available on the USCIS website for use in Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other US territories are only allowed to use the Spanish version for reference, according to the press release. These employers and employees must complete and retain the English version of the form.

You can find the revised forms at The agency also offers a telephone number, 888-464-4218, to call for more information. USCIS has representatives available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss any questions or issues that may arise from the news of needing to use the revised Form I-9. You can also visit I-9 Central, a website the agency created to support Form I-9 users. USCIS has also scheduled free webinars to educate employers on the new form.

CAI’s 2013 Employment and Labor Law Update scheduled for May 22 and May 23 at Raleigh’s McKimmon Center will feature knowledgeable attorneys from Ogletree Deakins who will present additional information for Form I-9 compliance. Former NLRB member Brian Hayes joins this year’s lineup of attorneys from Ogletree Deakins. He will share his view on the board’s recent rulings and give advice for handling new challenges during his can’t-miss presentation.

Please visit to review the full agenda of the conference, descriptions about the presentations and to register. Feel free to call 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746 with any questions.

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Perks and Benefits That Attract Hires and Increase Retention

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

What are the top perks and benefits that attract new hires and increase employee retention?

Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies, says, “On the heels of the recession, perks are a cost-effective way employers can reward and retain staff and attract new employees. The most popular incentives are those that aid in career development and give employees some control over their work schedules.”

As a strategic partner of the business owner and an employee advocate and mentor, the HR professional is in a position to help promote both the business and the opportunities for employees by suggesting perks and benefits. While benefits such as pensions, profit-sharing plans, health insurance plans, vacations and sick days are often fairly cut and dried, perks and ancillary benefits are an area where you can come up with creative ideas that will help attract and retain employees.

Here are some suggestions about how you can sweeten the pot with non-monetary benefits and perks.

1. Tuition Reimbursement

Since incentives that aid in career development are among the most popular, consider providing employees with a tuition reimbursement plan. The IRS lets companies contribute up to several thousand dollars per student tax free, and you can also set up a benefit that pays a percentage of tuition or training costs, rather than the full amount.

2. Flexible Schedules

Employees are empowered by being able to set their own work schedule and having an option to telecommute. Flexible schedules are among the top ways an employer can attract and retain employees.

3. In-Office Daycare

If there are a considerable number of parents of tots at your company, this kind of perk could be a huge draw.

4. Free Parking

Parking can be a big expense in many large cities, and offering to subsidize your employees’ parking expenses is a great way to encourage retention and build morale.

5. Health Club Memberships

Consider paying for the initial membership fee and all or a portion of your employees’ monthly fees to a nearby health club. You may be able to negotiate a substantial discount for your company, and the health club memberships may have an effect on the overall health of your employees, reducing costs in other areas such as sick days.

6. Onsite Massage Therapy and/or Ergonomics

Office chair massage is popular due to its portability and capacity to reduce stress.  And ergonomic benefits such as ergonomic chairs and workstations can contribute to high employee productivity, as well as the avoidance of illness and injury risks.

When considering ancillary incentives to offer employees, be creative and have fun with your ideas, and do not neglect to advertise these new benefits after you set them up. Almost everyone admits to the desire to work in a comfortable, casual environment with lots of added perks and benefits.

For additional information, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel team at (919) 878-9222 or (336) 668-7746.

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