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Bad Meeting Mistakes: Are You Guilty?

Hate meetings? Most people do. Yet many managers spend at least 35 to 50% of their work hours in meetings. Your frustration may stem from the fact that many meetings are poorly run. But what separates a bad meeting from good one?   We recently participated in a survey by Steven G. Rogelberg, PhD, a […]

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Want to Make Remote Working Work? Do You Really?

While Austin has been named the telecommuting capital of the country, not all of its employers are enthusiastically on board. Last year IBM, which is a major Austin employer, raised eyebrows by ending its decades-long love affair with remote work. As much about 40% of the company’s workforce has telecommuted since 2007, so summoning most of these employees […]

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Think Before You Counteroffer Because Only 10% Succeed

Competition for top talent has reached epic proportions. So, when a great employee puts in their notice for another job, it may seem smart to try to counteroffer, right? Not so fast. Counteroffers rarely work out. In fact, recent studies show fewer than 10% of employees remain on board one year after a counteroffer is […]

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A Surge of I-9 Audits Is Coming

Brace yourself: An increase in I-9 audits isn’t just talk, it’s happening. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports it has already opened more worksite investigations in the past seven months than the agency completed in the entire previous fiscal year. While these enforcement investigations have doubled, arrests related to worksite enforcement have nearly quadrupled. […]

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Are 1/3 of Your Jobs Filled by Employee Referrals?

Outside recruiters are essential for certain job openings and situations but, for at least one-third of hires, the best place to start for a high-quality candidate pool is with employee referrals. In fact, The HT Group itself has both employee and temp/technical contractor referral programs in place. And we’re not alone. Employee referrals continue to […]

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Jobs Outnumber Job Seekers for First Time in U.S. History

It’s official: For the first time in U.S. history, there are more job openings than job seekers. The U.S. Department of Labor issued survey results this week showing a record 6.7 million available jobs in the U.S. during the month of April. Previously released data showed 6.3 million job seekers in April and 6.1 million […]

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The HT Group Helps Soon-to-Be Graduates Prepare for Life After High School

Graduation season is here! Graduating is an achievement worthy of celebration, but amid the excitement, many soon-to-be graduates are planning their next steps as they move into higher education and the job field. The students at Texans Can Academy – Austin are no exception. That’s why The HT Group is hosting a workshop at Texans […]

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Long-Awaited News on Arbitration Agreements

Significant news for employers whose arbitration agreements have been in limbo for the past six years: A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court majority puts validity back into the contracts, stating that nothing in the National Labor Relations Act trumps the FAA’s requirement that arbitration agreements be enforced.   In 2012, The National Labor […]

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3 Warning Signs When Choosing a Staffing Firm

As a staffing and recruiting agency, we do so much more than just find you job candidates and workers. We can make your job easier by providing on-site management, acting as a resource for the job market, and quickly filling positions from C-level executives to technical contractors to administrative staff and seasonal workers. But even […]

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This Top Employee Incentive Might Surprise You

Employee engagement isn’t just a tool to curb turnover. It can pay dividends. According to most recent Aon 2018 Global Employee Engagement Trends report, a five point increase in employee engagement is linked to a 3% increase in revenue. The most popular way to get the job done is with rewards or incentive programs. But how does […]

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Startup Hiring: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Over her career, The HT Group Senior Technical Recruiter Kalyn Blacklock has helped several startups staff up. The top question she’s asked: Where do we start?   “Software and SaaS founders will usually start by staffing qualified leaders like VP of Sales/CRO, VP of Marketing/CMO and CTO to grow and manage their required teams first. […]

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Have 2018 Salary Increases Hit a Ceiling?

Raises are generally on the rise in Texas this year. But if you’re looking for an across-the-board percentage increase to hang your hat on, keep waiting. Predictability is not something 2018 is serving up well. Late in 2017, several established wage surveys came to an expected consensus: Employers nationwide were planning on handing out 3% […]

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Best First Day Ever! 5 Ways to Strike Onboarding Gold

It feels good to start an employee on the right foot, and it also makes good business sense. According to a study by the Wynhurst Group, employees who go through a structured onboarding process are 58% more likely to remain with the organization after three years. Onboarding success requires more than just locking a newcomer […]

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Find Your Next Sales Rockstar With These 9 Interview Questions

Great salespeople are wired differently. They work, think and perform in a unique way. For this reason, interview questions for salespeople should be different, too. We asked our recruiters to tell us some of their favorite and most surprising interview questions for sales candidates. Here’s what they recommend:   “Tell me about me.”   Use […]

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Stop! Read This Before You Hire Out-of-State Remote Workers

Did you know that in California, a supervisor who isn’t even an owner of the business can be held personally liable for a labor claim from an employee? If you’re a Texas employer, does that matter? Yes! Here’s why: Technology has allowed organizations of all sizes to hire remote workers. In fact, telecommuting has increased […]