About Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea is a Staten Island, NY-based freelance writer specializing in careers, education, personal finance, and lifestyle topics. Follow her on Twitter: @DawnPapandrea.

Recruiting Retirees: An Untapped Talent Pool to Target

shutterstock_189270674Finding the right mix of talent and professional experience for every position is not always a cinch, but it is possible to find someone who’s “been there, done that” if you consider reaching out to retirees. Before you think it’s a waste of time because the person has opted out of the workforce, consider this. A poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos in 2014 found that 40 percent of retired people said they stopped working involuntarily, and 30 percent said they’d return to work if a job became available.Continue Reading

Give Your Employees Some Room to Stretch

give your employees some room to stretch
If you’re looking for a unique way to help your employees embrace health and wellness, while at the same time creating a caring work environment, you need to get them away from their desks. Not all the time, of course, but encouraging your team to be active throughout the day and offering an ergonomic office setup can help improve productivity, boost communication thanks to more face time, and ultimately help keep your staff healthy.

According to research by EMPLOYERS, most small businesses are falling short when it comes to letting their workforce stretch. They are still caught up in the cubicle mentality in which dedicated employees sit chained to their computer desks all day. That’s hardly the ideal workplace of today’s job seekers.Continue Reading

Two Big Plays to Improve Your Hiring Process

figuring out the hiring play by playEveryone assumes that finding the right candidates for your open positions is the hard part when the real hurdle is really what comes before that. To improve the time-to-hire, cost-to-hire and interview-to-hire ratios, you have to stop winging it and put a real gameplan in place, says Kent Burns, president of Simply Driven Executive Search.

Take a look at what he says are the two things that will improve your entire hiring process so that you don’t miss out on the quality candidate catches that come your way.Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Employee Referrals

pros and cons of employee referrals

Take a look around your staff and count up how many of them were hired as the result of an employee referral. If you’re like most companies, it probably accounts for between 30 and 50 percent of your hires, based on research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and MIT.

Like any other hiring method, the outcome can go either way. After you take a head count, think a bit deeper about which hiring decisions have best benefited the company.

Examine some of the pros and cons of employee referrals, and learn how to optimize the hiring help you’re getting.Continue Reading

How to Avoid Franchise Hiring Mistakes

how to avoid franchise hiring mistakesIf you’re a franchise owner, you know all about blood, sweat, and tears – they are what have driven your business since you began your solo venture. But with growth comes the need for help. If nothing else, you need to get back to sleeping a few solid hours a night. The scary part is that you’ll have to delegate responsibilities to others for whom the stakes aren’t nearly as high as they are for you. So how can you put together a staff that will work passionately and productively, and ultimately put your franchise in good hands when you aren’t there?Continue Reading

Reduce Workplace Telepressure – Yes, It’s a Thing

shutterstock_148126295A happy staff is a productive one, which is why it’s always in the best interest of employers to focus on employee satisfaction. Among the biggest obstacles to achieving a state of workplace bliss, however, is “workplace telepressure.”

Yep, that’s a brand new term coined by psychology researchers at Northern Illinois University, which refers to the sense of urgency and stress employees feel when they receive work emails, texts, and calls on almost a 24/7 basis. It’s that “always on call” feeling of dread that is triggered every time people hear their smartphone ding, and what’s more, they feel as if they are expected to drop everything to respond ASAP.

And that even goes for days off, according to a 2013 study published by the American Psychological Association, which found that 44 and 54 percent of Americans check their email daily during vacation and sick days, respectively.Continue Reading