As the shortest month of the year, February flew by in the blink of an eye. Once again, here are my top 5 HR articles for February.

1) The Hidden Costs of Undervaluing Human Resources by Brian Hughes

Many companies/entrepreneurs often underestimate the complexity of HR functions. With more millennials in the workforce, it has been mentioned that “human resources” should be replaced with “talent management.” However, what some fail to grasp is that true talent management is a revitalization and extension of HR roles, and HR’s core functions remain necessary for business success.

HR operations must not be ignored. The lack of HR expertise, without an effective HR/talent management system, results in high employee turnover. Talent management should be part of human resources and become a recognized component of your company’s strategic planning process.

Human resources is a vital business component that supports company growth, talent development, and investor satisfaction. Position your company for expansion by prioritizing HR/talent management activities to take your company forward.

Read more here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/288666

2) 5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Performance Evaluations by Dave Rietsema

Performance evaluations can be very helpful tools if used properly. In this article, Dave shares these tips that can help you and your team get the most from your reviews – and maybe even dread them less.

  • Utilize HRIS Performance Tracking Options
  • Plan and Schedule Performance Review Meetings
  • Have a Conversation, Don’t Just Lecture
  • Create Action Plans
  • Follow-Up Faithfully

Check out the article to find out more about each tip and how they can be helpful.

Read more here: http://www.hrpayrollsystems.net/5-tips-get-performance-evaluations/

3) How to Ease Anxiety When Deploying New HR Software by Aliah D. Wright

This article caught my eye the moment I saw the title. Being a writer, I often have to read articles online, and I have never seen an article about this before! This article explains the problem companies face when implementing new technologies at work. Employees are often concerned that new tools will be harder to use than the old ones, and they fear advances in technology will make their jobs more complicated or, even worse, obsolete. Survey results from 2016 Mercer survey of HR professionals about their top five implementation challenges were also studied and analysed.

An HR technology implementation isn’t a one-time event, so understand the process will require time and commitment. Focus on the people who will use the systems and offer proper training and support. This will help everyone feel better about the new HR software and enjoy the benefits of the new system.

If your company is hesitant to try a new software, check out this article and know you have no reason to fear!

Read more here: https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0217/Pages/how-to-overcome-challenges-when-deploying-new-hr-technology.aspx

4) 10 Recruiting Tips for First Time Managers by Sharlyn Lauby

More often than not, employees in the HR department might find themselves part of a recruiting process. Regardless of the reason, there are a few things that new managers must understand about their role in hiring.

In this article, Sharlyn shared some realistic and practical tips:

  • Tell HR when an employee resigns.
  • Review the job description.
  • Discuss contingent staffing.
  • Hiring managers are allowed to source candidates.
  • Don’t assume you know how to interview.
  • Take good interview notes.
  • Collaborate
  • Keep the candidate informed.
  • Always send a TBNT (Thanks but No Thanks).
  • Look for talent, even when there’s not an opening.

Read more here: https://www.hrbartender.com/2017/recruiting/10-recruiting-tips-first-time-managers/

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5) The Most Desirable Employee Benefits by Kerry Jones

In today’s hiring market, a generous benefits package is essential for attracting and retaining top talent. According to Glassdoor’s 2015 Employment Confidence Survey, about 60% of people report benefits and perks are a major factor in considering whether to accept a job offer. The survey also found 80% of employees would choose additional benefits over a pay raise.

Companies, like Google and Twitter, are known for their amazing benefits. But you also need not break the bank to offer attractive extras. The article found certain benefits can win over some job seekers faced with higher-paying offers that come with fewer additional advantages.

Read the article for a full analysis of which benefits are most valued by job seekers and which benefits men and women prefer.

Read more here: https://hbr.org/2017/02/the-most-desirable-employee-benefits