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Recruit more qualified workers by focusing on company culture

The economy got an unexpected boost in April as companies added thousands of jobs. The latest report by the Labor Department stated that 165,000 positions were filled during the month, up from the 138,000 jobs created during March.

The economy got an unexpected boost in April as companies added thousands of jobs. The latest report by the Labor Department stated that 165,000 positions were filled during the month, up from the 138,000 jobs created during March.

The rise in hiring is a positive sign that the economy may continue to grow despite tax increases and cuts in federal spending. Recruiting the best employees is a challenge that many companies face. Each hire costs thousands of dollars in recruitment, screening, training and benefits, but just 54 percent of employees last beyond the first 18 months, according to Resource Nation.

Organizations can minimize turnover by ensuring that new hires fit within company culture. This means getting employees more involved in the hiring process. The Financial Post states that companies should pay more attention to interpersonal skills during interviews. Determining how potential staff members manage their time, motivate themselves and accept criticism lets firms make better hiring decisions than they would by focusing on experience alone.

Using employee referrals is a simple way to improve the accuracy of the hiring process. Employee incentive programs encourage workers to recommend friends and past colleagues for positions . These individuals are more likely to be a fit for company culture than applicants found through traditional job postings.

Incentive programs can also be effective recruiting tools by helping to build an engaging corporate environment. An organization with a high number of engaged staff members becomes a desirable place to work. A strong office culture will help generate a high number of qualified applicants and ensure that the company can select the best candidate for the position. Reward and recognition programs are an essential part of this process.

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