Human Resources News & Insights

When applicants use the Web to thwart background checks

Every HR pro has come across applicants who try to game the system — to hide something in their past, or cover holes in their resumes. And the Digital Age has given them some new tools to trick prospective employers.

Is this today’s most overrated management problem?

As the Digital Age matures, employers of all sizes continue to wonder: Just how much time are workers wasting wandering on the Web? And what motivates them to do it? Well, now we know.

Why checking that applicant’s Facebook page could come back to bite you

This social network thing is an HR pro’s dream, right? A few mouse clicks, and you can find out anything and everything about that job candidate. One small problem: You could also be setting up your company for some serious legal problems.

What would you do? Employees slamming company on blog

Periodically, we ask three HR managers how they’d handle a difficult situation at work. Today’s problem: Employees are saying negative things about the company on the Internet.

Using social networks? Great, but don’t overlook this threat

The Internet’s a great business tool, right? Well, yes and no. A new lawsuit illustrates how former employees could use social networking sites to steal your customers — and your staff.

What were they thinking? The dangers of ‘friending’ the boss on Facebook

We’ve been reading a lot lately about how the Internet can create big-time headaches for employers. So it’s kind of refreshing to run across a case where the employee’s the one who ends up embarrassed.

Which age group represents the fastest growing number of online job hunters?

What’s the age of the fastest growing segment of people who register with online job sites? Hint: The Internet is getting grayer.

Answers to tricky HR questions: What if we think an employee’s accessing banned Web sites?

Our team of experts fields real-life everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s question: How do you proceed legally when you suspect an employee is using his work computer to access banned Web sites?

Hidden discrimination in online job ads

Advertising jobs online has long been considered a fair and equal method of recruiting. But the data on who responds may indicate that there’s hidden bias in online recruiting.

Implementing an electronic-use policy that’s effective — and sane

Most companies have policies about employees’ access to the Internet and use of electronic devices. The dirty little secret is that most of those policies don’t work.