Independent Contractors, Bad Hires, and more

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The OperationsInc Navigator
September 4, 2015
MSNBC Your Business: Independent Contractors vs. Employees

The Cost of a Bad Hire

A recent study conducted by Brandon Hall Group found that more than 95% of businesses admit to making bad hiring choices each year. What is the cost of recruiting the “wrong people”? Fast Company reports that the cost of a bad hire could be as high as five times the employee’s annual salary. So, how can businesses avoid these costly hiring mistakes? Fast Company says that appropriate interview methods, extended on-boarding processes, and strong branding all help to attract strong candidates and develop them into key members of the team.

Survey Says Childish Workplace Behavior on the Rise

According to a recent CareerBuilder poll, 75% of employees say that they have been the witness of “childish” workplace behaviors. CBS MoneyWatch reports that the most frequently reported “kindergarten” behaviors seen by survey respondents were whining (55%), pouting (46%), and tattling on a co-worker (44%). Other juvenile behaviors reported in the survey were clique-ish attitudes, tantrums, and refusal to share individual office space.


Discriminatory Hiring Practices Costs Target Millions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that pre-hire testing methods employed by Target were discriminatory on the basis of race and sex. Fortune reports that the retailer, who was also found to have failed to adhere to the Americans With Disabilities Act, will be forced to pay $2.8M in fines. The EEOC also found that Target failed to maintain required records to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. The $2.8M fine will be distributed to thousands of applicants who were adversely affected by Target’s policies.


Employee Change of Address and Contact Info

When was the last time you checked with your employees about any changes in address, marital status, or new children – and have you communicated to employees that it is their responsibility to update the appropriate person to let them know about these changes? This data is critical to employee benefits and payroll matters, as well as perhaps more importantly, income taxes.

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How to Leave Your Job Gracefully – The Wall Street Journal

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