About one-third of our 650 employees work remotely from home offices. As a result, hiring people who are self-starters is important. What is the best way to assess whether a candidate has the initiative to work with minimal supervision? Are there any tools that could help us?
—Unmotivated Need Not Apply, quality control specialist, software/services, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Predictability? Yeah, Las Vegas may not be your town.
What evidence is there to support a link between workplace diversity and rising engagement? More to the point, how do the two things go hand in hand to create measurable value — i.e., increased sales/growth — that we could track over time?
—Melting Pot, transportation and warehousing, Memphis, Tennessee
To drive results, create an environment where managers are pushing for more performance in a consistent yet humane way.
There is some inclination by our execs to want to enshrine a training policy to make sure training of employees takes place/gets done. I'm not necessarily opposed, but I also am not convinced it's going to help much. We want to boost participation rates, but I feel like forcing employees to seek out training could backfire.
—Development Dilemma, agriculture/forestry, Lagos, Nigeria