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How to Interview for a Culture Fit

By now you’re fully aware that culture fit among your job candidates is critically important. In fact, it could be the single biggest factor in determining employee retention. But do you know how to effectively screen for culture fit? The following three key areas can help you put together a plan for success.   1. […]

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Faking It: The Job Candidate Pipelining Practice that Needs to Stop

Imagine a trendy coffee shop finally opens in your neighborhood and they lure you in with a VIP complementary offer for the best pumpkin spice latte on the planet. You’re psyched! You don your hipster slouchy hat and take a selfie while waiting in line for two hours, only find out there are no free […]

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Inside InnoTech with Executive Director Sean Lowery

We’re preparing for another great year at the 14th annual InnoTech Austin event, where Information Technology companies and experts will gather for a full day of educational events, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the latest technology and business solutions, and more. The event will be held November 16 at the Austin Convention Center and will feature speakers […]

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13 Scary Stories of Bizarre Employee Terminations

Firing employees is never fun, but sometimes the circumstances are so bizarre, they read like fiction. To honor the Halloween season, we asked some of our favorite employers to tell us their scariest or oddest reason to fire an employee…and we were not disappointed. In fact, some stories we couldn’t even publish. Here are our […]

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Pick Up the Phone, Damn It! 6 Tips for Employee Communication Right Now

With email, text, instant messaging and social apps taking over, it seems we rarely have the need to pick up a phone any more. But opting for a causal text for certain employee communications can come back to haunt you. Here are some tips from the experts to help you and your employees decide what […]

Tattoos in the Workplace: Is It Time to Evolve?

More than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce still believe visible tattoos are inappropriate in the workplace, yet 45 million Americans have them. With times changing and generational gaps widening on the issue, do employers still have reason to raise an eyebrow? And do you, as an employer, still have the right to restrict tattoos […]

The Key to Business Success that Tech Will Never Disrupt

Since the dawning of the modern business age, technology has been accused of unfairly disrupting industries and causing the downfall of otherwise good companies. Netflix replaced Blockbuster. Tech giants Spotify, Dollar Shave Club and HomeAway are all disruptors within their industries. And, not long ago, President Trump accused Amazon of harming other retailers and taking […]

4 Points of Caution on the Overtime Rule Take Down

A Texas federal court recently struck down the proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) “overtime” rule that would have significantly increased the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions on overtime pay. For now, the federal salary threshold remains at $23,660 or $455/week (instead of the proposed $47,000 salary), but that’s not the end of the story. Here are […]

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3 Ways HR Needs to Prepare for the Next Widespread Disaster

Hurricane Harvey has shown the world just how strong Texans are. We couldn’t be more proud of the Lone Star State. It has also exposed some major weaknesses when it comes to disaster preparedness for businesses. The HT Group’s offices in Beaumont and Orange, Texas, were affected by Harvey’s catastrophic flooding, and you can bet […]

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State of Hiring at Austin Startups, With Advice from the Top

Austin is on the cusp of becoming a first-tier startup hub to rival Silicon Valley and New York. Our ecosystem for entrepreneurs is well known, but Austin lacks a few key ingredients—an endless supply of talent is one of them. While it’s true that Austin seems to be swarming with tech talent perfect for the […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Is Unlimited PTO All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Unlimited PTO: Should you or shouldn’t you? What was once heralded as the greatest thing to happen to employee benefits since the matching 401(k), the allure of unlimited PTO has cooled a bit for both employers and employees. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding unlimited PTO, it remains that 1% of U.S. companies offer […]

The Shocking Truth About Remote Workers

IBM surprised the working world in May when it announced a move away from the remote working environment it has championed for decades. The company boasted for years that more than 40% of its employees worked outside traditional offices, while a blog post on the company’s Smarter Workforce blog just days before the announcement stated […]

4 Signs Your Employees Are Job Hunting

Glance around the conference table at your next meeting. Would you believe at least one out of every five of your co-workers sitting around that very table is actively looking for another job? According to CareerBuilder, it’s true. At least 22 percent of workers plan to change jobs this year. Other research shows that at […]

9 Books that Changed the Way We Think About Business

Looking to help your career during your summer vacation? These books aren’t your typical beach reads (well, except for maybe Craig’s recommendation), and will help you cultivate your personal work philosophy as you dive in. From a book that teaches you to do less with more to those that establishing the principles of sales, our […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace

Depending on how you feel about technology, there are either exciting efficiencies ahead or the robot apocalypse is coming. Either way, artificial intelligence is making its way into the workplace in a variety of ways, with chatbots in areas ranging from HR to customer service and programs that can predict which employees are most likely […]