FAQ: How Can Businesses Determine Merit and Compensation Without Ratings?


Today we’re introducing a new type of post here on our blog. Our customers are always looking to tap into the power of the crowd, to uncover best practices for using our technology or running their HR programs in general.

17 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged in your Performance Management & Social Recognition Program


You’ve identified your needs, researched HR strategies, chosen a technology partner and launched your real-time performance management and/or social recognition platform. Your job here is done, right? Wrong.

How to Create a Millennial-Friendly Mentorship Program


According to the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey , those intending to stay with their organization for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor (68%) than not (32%).

SHRM 2018 Recap: The Three Things We Love Most About Conferences


Another SHRM conference has come and gone. This year’s event held in Chicago brought together 22,000 HR professionals for several days of networking, keynote presentations, breakout sessions and fun.

Live Webinar: Train Like a Boss – Close the Skills Gap and Boost Employee Retention

Recruiting quality employees is no easy task. With unemployment at an all-time low, it's now more crucial than ever to engage and retain the employees you've hired. A demonstrated investment in employee development can set you apart and help attract more quality candidates. According to a recent report from Linkedin, over a fourth of HR professionals expect to be increasing their budgets in learning and development. Join us on 8/30 for a live webinar with Greg Goold, Director of Learning and Development at Paycor.

Setting the Record Straight on Employee Recognition


Today we’re diving into what employee recognition is and isn’t, as well as some tips for implementing a new program or revamping a stale one that may not be as effective anymore. What is employee recognition?

Change Management Must-Haves: 15 Ways to Start Your New HR Program on the Right Foot


In today’s highly competitive business environment, a company’s employees are its most powerful asset. But plagued by a talent shortage that stretches across nearly all industries, HR leaders have been tasked with revamping retention strategies for the modern workforce.

Hello from HighGround! Meet Madeline Ryder


We’re back with our series to introduce you to another one of our fantastic employees, Madeline Ryder. Madeline is on our engineering team and joined us about 10 months ago. Today we’re spending some time getting to know her and about her experiences as a female engineer in Chicago. How did you find your way to HighGround? Networking at a womenHack event! At the HighGround table, I met my future mentor, Nadia, a senior developer, and the head of our QA department, Marcie.

Build a Workplace Culture That Boosts Retention


To keep your employees, it’s important to understand what kind of workplace culture you’ve created and how it helps or hurts your retention efforts. It’s no surprise then that employee retention is at the top of the priority list for businesses around the globe.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter…the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It’, breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

On International Women’s Day, HighGround Leaders are Trailblazers


It’s International Women’s Day and every year the United Nations selects a theme. This year’s focus is especially relevant, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.

The “How” Behind Performance Management Transformation [Webinar Recap]


Earlier this month we hosted a webinar, It’s About the How: Making Performance Management as Agile as Your Business , with industry visionary Josh Bersin and Hitachi Vantara’s Scott Kelly. We set out with two goals in mind.

Going to HR Tech? We Want to See You There


We’re getting ready for HR Technology Conference & Exposition next week Tuesday through Thursday at the Venetian in Las Vegas. In advance of this year’s event, we wanted to give a preview of what you can expect. Yes, the HR Tech puppies are back.) Here’s the what, the where and when you can do next week. Can’t Miss Breakout Session – How to Manage a Geographically, Generationally and Culturally Diverse Workforce With HR Tech. Where : Delfino, 4102.

Employee Feedback That Matters: Ask These Three Questions to Advance Your Career


By now many organizations are realizing the value of moving from one annual performance conversation to a continuous feedback loop. But it’s much more than a simple process change. Real-time feedback is a culture shift taking place across companies of all industries and sizes.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

Hello from HighGround! Meet Gina Slesar


How well do you know the people behind HighGround? We’re excited to kick off a new blog series today to give you a glimpse into the people we’re proud to work alongside every day. Today we cornered Gina Slesar for her thoughts on working at HighGround.

4 Tips for Managing Millennials in the Workplace


The era of Millennial management has arrived. Most employees show up on their first day of work expecting a boss who’s older and wiser than them, but this is becoming less of the norm.

Five Companies Doing Summer Perks Right


Depending on where in the country you live, the summer months are either a reward for suffering through below zero temps and blizzards all winter (ahem, Chicago) or a brief punishment of 120-degree days for having beautiful, mild weather the other nine months of the year (we’re looking at you, Phoenix). No matter where you call home, summer is a popular time for employers to offer unique perks.

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The Secrets of Low Turnover Companies [Infographic]


One metric often used to assess the health and attractive power of an organization is its turnover rate. Measured as the percentage of employees in a workforce who leave during a set period of time, turnover rate reflects employee engagement at a certain company.

Just Released – Our 2018 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

BountyJobs curates the most impactful data in their marketplace: trends in salaries and fees across key verticals, emerging industry game changers, and other valuable analytics sure to influence your hiring strategy for the back half of the year. Download it!

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in October


This month we’re talking about China. No, not the country, the HR industry legend China Gorman. Here’s the bird’s eye view: she has extensive HR consulting experience, with leadership stints at the Great Place to Work Institute and SHRM.

Introducing HighGround Gmail and Outlook Integrations


As the science of employee performance and engagement continues to grow, it’s become clear the most innovative and profitable companies are those embracing a feedback culture. In fact, Josh Bersin said, “The new world of performance management is now built on ‘always feedback.’”

An Employee’s Journey to Realized Goals [Infographic]


Professional success isn’t achieved overnight.

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in September


We’ve featured Meghan M. Biro’s work on Talent Culture previously in this series (in April and in August ) and for this month’s post we’re digging a bit deeper.

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.

5 Questions with HighGround CEO Andee Harris


Things have been in full swing over here at HighGround since CEO Andee Harris took the helm, so much so that we haven’t had time to stop and introduce her on the blog. We’re excited to do so today and give you a peek at why we’re so happy to have her in the top seat.

Is Employee Engagement REALLY Worth It? [Infographic]


How do you know if employee engagement is really worth the investment in tools in programs to help improve it? Many organizations realize it should be a priority but struggle to understand the financial implications if they don’t take action.

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in August


HR managers are busy. When your day job is all-consuming, it’s not always easy to find the time to read about the latest and greatest management strategies that could benefit your team.

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in April


For this edition of what HR top influencers shared this month, we’re focusing on the writers of the group. Anyone can manage coming up with 140 characters or less, but only serious thought leaders can craft essays and articles that, well, make you think.

Compensation Dictionary

We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Think of this as your comp cheat sheet—terms you need to know to put you on the fast track to becoming that cool comp kid we know you can be. Sure, you’ve heard some of the terms before, but you have no idea what they mean. Not to worry! Download this eBook and you’ll be ‘comp’letely fluent in no time. This ebook contains four sections: Section 1: Comp 101. Section 2: Market Pricing. Section 3: Pay Structures. Section 4: Pay Concerns and Pay Raises.

Hello from HighGround! Meet Clare Tuchscherer


Today we’re spending some time getting to know Clare Tuchscherer, a customer success manager. Over her three-and-a-half year tenure here, Clare has developed a keen sense of what our clients need out of their HR technology solutions to help their employees be successful. Learn more about her life inside and outside of HighGround. What brought you to HighGround? A former colleague had started working at HighGround and told me that I just had to apply.

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in July


For this month’s recap of our favorite articles shared by the industry’s top influencers, we are spotlighting an HR analyst who celebrated the one-year anniversary of his firm, Lighthouse Research & Advisory , this month. Do you follow @beneubanks ? If not, well, you should.

The Era of Millennial Management Has Arrived [Part One]


Most employees show up on their first day of work expecting a boss who’s older and wiser than them, but this is becoming less of the norm. Millennials are quickly moving up the corporate ladder, leaving organizations to navigate this new dynamic where Millennials manage each other. Here’s how this new management structure is changing the workplace as we know it. Millennial Leaders Help Debunk Fallacies.

How One Company is Creating a Feedback Culture


We recently sat down with Craig Wigley, VP of Employee Success, for LLamasoft, a supply chain software company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in June


For this month’s recap of our favorite articles shared by the industry’s top influencers, we’re focusing on why engagement is so important – but not exactly in the way you imagine. Here on our blog, we talk a lot about how to put practices in place that will improve employee engagement.

State of Meaningful Work: How to Evoke Meaning in the American Workforce [RESEARCH]


Why Meaningful Work Matters and How to Enable It . If you think you can’t be a top employer because you can’t pay the highest salaries and offer the most outrageous perks, you’re wrong. Yes, Silicon Valley technology companies can be hard to compete against for these very reasons. But it’s a myth to believe that these are the only things important to today’s employees. What really matters is, well, feeling like it really matters.

How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings [Video]


This video called, “How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings,” first appeared on strategy + business. You can watch the original version here. .

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Performance Management: A Swing and a Miss? [Infographic]


Baseball season is well underway and it got us thinking about coaching – and specifically how performance management practices can take some cues from the sports world. Better employee performance management is a well-known and ongoing priority for HR.

Applicant Tracking System Vendor Comparison Matrix

Trying to decide which ATS is right for your company? Newton is the only ATS built by recruiters, for recruiters. Download the comparison matrix to see how Newton compares to other ATS vendors.