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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 […]

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When Creative Job Perks Miss the Point

Beer pong, catered meals, yoga-pant Fridays…you’ve seen the benefits that the “coolest” companies offer these days. But do these creative, unconventional benefits actually work to attract and retain talent? Yes and no. If you’re not providing traditional work benefits like health insurance, 401(k), and a generous flex and/or PTO policy, relying on creative perks is […]

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28 Hilarious (and Real) Excuses for Being Late for Work

In honor of daylight saving time, we asked our staff and colleagues the most hilarious excuse they ever heard (or told) for being late to work. With dozens of responses, we concluded that many of you and your employees are really into rescuing animals. Who needs work when Fido’s in trouble? Another significant amount of […]

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Texas Manufacturing: 6 Ways to Keep OSHA Happy This Year

Texas manufacturing is soaring, with production hitting an 11-year high in December. From Dallas to Seguin, Brownville to Beaumont, growth in the Texas manufacturing economic output over the past decade was more than double U.S. manufacturing gains. Most manufacturing jobs in Texas are heavy industrial and large-scale: chemical products, computer and electronic parts, petroleum and […]

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What’s It Like to Work in the White House?

When President John Adams and his wife Abigail first moved into the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they needed only a handful of staff, including just four in the Executive Mansion, to keep them comfortable. These days, the Trump Administration employs about 377 White House staffers—and that’s lean, considering President Obama employed up to […]

The HT Group Wins Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards

Cue the confetti, turn up the music and release the balloons! We’ve got a lot to celebrate here at The HT Group, including today’s announcement that we’ve just won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to both our clients and job seekers!   You may be wondering, “Why is […]

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The Most Lovable Bosses Have This in Common

Are lovable bosses born or made? The answer may be found in what experts like TalentSmart Cofounder Travis Bradberry call Emotional Intelligence (EQ). The good news is that this skillset isn’t as innate as, say, your actual IQ. You can learn to be more EQ and doing so can lead to amazing things. Not only […]