SHRM Report: Use of Background Checks in Hiring

SHRM Survey Findings: BackgroundChecking—The Use of Criminal BackgroundChecks in Hiring Decisions

Do organizations conduct criminal background checks on job candidates? If they do, how often and under what circumstances?

Courtesy: 2012 backgroundcheck criminal_final from shrm

This study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 69 percent of companies claim to conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates.

  • Some key highlights:

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For the Holidays, Retailers See More In The Cloud

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Everyone knows this is the best time of year retailers.

For retailers using the cloud for e-commerce, this holiday could be one of the best.

Analysts say e-commerce platforms have now become mandatory, essential software for any retailer, from a business-to-business or business-to-consumer company.

Everyone is beginning to see the power, efficiency and affordability of cloud-based  computing — in retailing, recruiting, hiring and talent management.

This could be the year to make or break companies based on the level they have adopted these new sales and marketing tools. for those organizations that have embraced cloud technology, it could be a turning point–for those that lagged behind, some heads may certainly roll.

That is what makes the 2012 holiday season so exciting; each day that passes, the tension builds even more.

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Go Ahead and Ban or Limit Social Media

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In this blog post for Talent Management Magazine, Frank Kalman writes that limiting (or outright banning) social media at work can be a bad strategy, as well as a huge missed opportunity.

Besides, most employees access social media from their personal devices, making compliance difficult.

The practice of using social media will only increase, as mobile devices become more widespread and technology improves. It is increasingly difficult for companies to stand before a rising tide of social media.

As the old saying goes: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” The smart strategy would be to embrace this movement, and use it as a way to connect co-workers for “business-related things.”

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SMB Hiring: A Gameplan for Growth [Infographic]

Small Business GameplanFollowing the lead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—two of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season—comes “Small Business Saturday.”

The day after Black Friday is now reserved for those who shun the big box retailers, preferring use local merchants to complete their Christmas lists. This new shopping milestone is designed to promote the range of smaller businesses, which tend to be forgotten during the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush.

In a survey by Paychex, a preponderance of small businesses expects either a stable or moderately increased hiring level for the end of 2012. Technology is also taking a larger role, where the trend is towards more SMBs adapting mobile and social media in the next year.

Coupled with the rise in talent management software—including cloud-based services geared towards the SMB market—the presentation of Small Business Saturday shows willingness for SMBs to embrace new strategies as a way to survive the competitive, tech-savvy retail environment.

This newly released infographic shows that as we approach 2013, smaller retailers are expected adopt these new tools at a higher rate—or at least remain constant.

Infographic after the jump…

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