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Embrace Diversity to End Company Tribalism

Brookwoods Group CEO John Sweney wrote an Opinion/BizVoice article for the Houston Business Journal which appeared in the print edition August 16! Thanks to Mark Hayden of Oak Interactive agency for coordinating. (Click on the HBJ image to read the article as published.) It’s in our tribal nature as human beings to gravitate toward people who are most like ourselves. One of the best unintended social experiments happened on the movie set of the 1968 classic The Planet of the Apes, a sci-fi tale about a future Earth where humans are speechless beasts and other primates – intelligent apes – [...]

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How to Write an Awesome Job Description That Will Drive More Candidates to Apply.

The process of searching for the right talent to join your team begins with the job description. This important first step generates an important first impression, so it needs to grab candidate’s attention and pique their interest in your organization. In a slow economy, competition for top talent isn’t as strong, but with unemployment at a historic low, it’s a talent-centric market. That means your job description needs to work harder than ever. Here are a few tips on writing a great job description.

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5 Traits You Need In Your Next Hire

A study conducted by Leadership IQ, a leadership consulting firm, shows that 46% of new employees fail within their first 18 months at work. Most would think that their failure would be tied to a lack of technical skills, but in reality, it’s due to poor interpersonal skills — or soft skills — like low motivation, an inability to manage and understand emotions, and an inability to accept feedback. The experienced talent recruitment experts at Brookwoods Group note that the most successful employees share the following traits:

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How Your Business Can Attract Top Talent In Your Industry

Can you think of any companies that always have the best talent working for them, even when they don’t put in too much effort in their recruitment processes? That’s probably because they’ve hired a top-class marketing and staffing agency or internal HR team to guide their strategies.

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The X Factor: How Contract Employees and Program Management Hires Help Small Businesses

When business is good, adding manpower to your total workforce can bring about both great benefits and challenges for your organization. You need to get things done, but with full-time staff, sometimes the costs outweigh the advantages. That’s why a lot of companies rely on contract employees or program management hires.

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Playing It Safe: How an Executive Staffing Agency Can Save You Both Time and Cost

Many companies have begun to measure their success rate based on their triple-bottom-line (TBL) strategy. TBL is comprised of three factors: social, environmental and financial. It’s different from traditional reporting because it includes environmental and social factors that can be difficult to measure. Some companies refer to their TBL strategy as the three Ps: people, planet and profits (3Ps).

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How a Staffing Agency Can Help Small Businesses

So, you think staffing and recruiting agencies are a luxury only for bigger businesses, along the same lines as company planes, cafeteria benefits, and indoor plant services. Think again!  A small business needs good employees even more so than big businesses. With a small team shouldering all the work, it’s important that they’re all good at what they do. But having limited resources, a small business cannot afford to expend the time and energy needed for the recruiting process.

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Set up your New Hire for Success

Hiring Managers play a huge role in the success of their new employee, read on to find out what you can do...

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