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Rose Keith

Rose Keith is a Consultant based in the Pittsburgh office of Select International. Rose manages selection process implementation projects and works with clients to ensure that these processes are working well. She also manages, develops, and delivers training programs, both externally and within Select.
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Leadership Skills That Make Congress Members Successful

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After a summer recess, Congress is back in session and they have a long list of things to accomplish. Approving new spending bills for next year and avoiding defaulting are at the top of this list (this is nothing new). Due to the recent natural disasters, there are two other important priorities: continuing Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts and renewing the national flood insurance program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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High-Volume Hiring in a Tight Labor Market - What You Need to Know

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As of last month, the national unemployment rate was 4.3%, which is the lowest it’s been in a decade. According to ManpowerGroup Inc.’s most recent employer confidence quarterly survey, we will be seeing a healthy pace of job creation in Q3 of this year. With such a low unemployment rate, employers are having difficulty filling the jobs they’re creating. Furthermore, the competitive labor market is leading to an increase in turnover which only exacerbates the issue. This is particularly true in manufacturing settings, where the traditional workforce is either uninterested in entry-level manufacturing work or under qualified for the skilled positions needed.

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What to Expect from Millennial Leaders in the Workplace

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Last weekend, I attended my “baby” sister’s college graduation. As I sat there looking at the sea of graduates in their early 20s with all the possibilities that lie ahead of them, I began to think about the changes most of them will experience as they start full-time, professional jobs. It’s likely that a lot of these Generation Z graduates will be entering a job with a Millennial for a manager, as the time when Millennials' are the youngest generation in the workforce is coming to an end.


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Will a Robot Take My Job?

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automation_blog.jpgRecently in my neighborhood, our local waste management program gave everyone a new recycling bin. I was excited (yes, really) because it's bigger than our old one, and it's in much better shape. We also got a pamphlet explaining the new recycling system, and I was intrigued to see that our recycling will now be picked up by an automated "arm" that reaches out of the truck to grab onto the bin and dump its contents into the truck. It made me wonder what will happen to the two people who typically would do this job manually, with their hands.

Automation has, of course, been happening for many years - particularly in the manufacturing setting - and there is every indication that it will continue.


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Driving Organizational Change: 5 Tips for Leaders

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Change is an inevitable part of life, and organizational change is also unavoidable. Even though most of us realize this is true, it doesn’t mean that going through it is always easy or comfortable. Most change within organizations begins at the leadership level and comes as a result of something deemed worthy of accomplishing.

But how can leadership drive change effectively?


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How Will a Donald Trump Presidency Impact HR?

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With President Donald Trump now in the White House, the country and the world are watching to see what changes will come out of Washington. How will these changes affect the workplace and human resource professionals across the country? Although we can’t predict the future, here are some thoughts on what we may see.


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3 Steps You Can Add to Your Hiring Process That Will Reduce Turnover

Posted by  Rose Keith

quit-turnover.jpgTurnover is a common and costly issue for most organizations. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the voluntary quit rate in the U.S. is usually close to 25% every year. The costs involved with replacing employees who leave are high. Not only are there costs in terms of the money and time it takes to recruit, hire, and train a replacement, but if the organization decides to not replace the employee who left, those who remain take on the burden of extra work.

How can you reduce turnover? Because it’s such a complicated issue, without one overarching cause, your best approach is to take a multi-faceted look at what may be causing turnover in your organization specifically. Hiring is one of the key areas you can start with. What follows are three steps you can take in your selection process to reduce turnover.


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Why is Emotional Intelligence an Important Leadership Trait?

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emotional-intelligence.jpgEmotional Intelligence has become a hot topic in terms of leadership traits. What exactly is it and how does it play out in the context of leadership? Emotional Intelligence has to do with one’s ability to both recognize and control his/her own emotions, while leveraging emotions appropriately as situations dictate. It also has to do with one’s awareness of and sensitivity towards others’ emotions. It could easily be argued that emotional intelligence is an important characteristic for anyone at any level of an organization. A leader’s emotional intelligence can have far-reaching influence over their relationships, how they manage their teams, and generally how they interact with individuals in the workplace.


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4 Leadership Traits That New Prime Minister Theresa May Must Display

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brexit.jpgResults of the Brexit vote on June 23rd shook the world. Right after the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union (E.U.), many citizens who had voted pro-Brexit expressed that they didn’t think it would actually happen and that they wished they could change their votes. Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation was one of the immediate impacts of the Brexit vote. Theresa May became the new Prime Minister in mid-July, and even though she had been on the Remain side (supporting the U.K.’s staying in the E.U.) she says that she will respect the vote to leave.

In this rocky time for the U.K., which leadership traits will be most important for new Prime Minister May to display? Although it could be argued that several characteristics will be key, the following are four competencies that rise to the top of the list.


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How Important Is the Interview in the Hiring Process?

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interview-process.jpgInterviews are part of most hiring processes, but how important are they? Interviews are arguably the most subjective part of any selection system. As humans, we have to fight the tendency to judge people according to whether we simply like them or not, as opposed to making sure that the candidates we’re interviewing are being graded on job-relevant characteristics. For this reason, we suggest that interviews come later on in the process, after objective components of the process.


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