January 24, 2018
Pelocity Logo | Assessments For Veterans | Jobs

Don’t Take Our Word For It: A Testimony of the Power of Pelocity

I became aware of Pelocity through an inter-office e-mail in the Florida National Guard. It sounded like a great deal and I immediately contacted [them] for a log-in code. I enjoy self-awareness exercises and self-assessments, and believe they are integral to our continued personal and professional development. Pelocity satisfies both of these ends. Even upon first impression, I felt Pelocity was going to be an accurate and richly-detailed assessment of my strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes in relation to future careers. I completed the four assessments quickly, and with ease. My goal was to remain as objective as possible and the results came out rather well. I believe Pelocity was the most effective self-assessment I have taken in years. While I was as objective as possible, Pelocity identified 5-6 careers in my top 25 that I am highly interested in pursuing. One of my goals has been to eventually use my master’s in fine arts to teach creative writing at the college level. Pelocity didn’t just list “various” teaching positions among my careers, it specifically listed graduate and postsecondary teaching positions. Not only did Pelocity offer career suggestions to focus me in a particular direction, it confirmed that I am already well […]
November 20, 2017
skills gap | technology gap | education

Digital Transformation & The Future Of Jobs

By: Greg Gutkowski, bestselling author and guest blogger The digital transformation has disrupted, and in some cases, degraded entire industries. Let’s examine the impact of this phenomenon on future jobs and discuss an approach to addressing this unprecedented development in the history of humankind. The price of technology decreased roughly 10,000-fold over the last 20 years. The computing power of our smartphones would have cost about $4 million as little as 20 years ago. Today, we carry in our pockets more computing power than it took the Apollo mission to go to the moon and back. As of 2016, more people around the world own smartphones than toothbrushes. Entire industries have been disrupted by the digital revolution, including music publishing by Apple iTunes, traditional print and TV advertising by Google, retail by Amazon, traditional media by social media, taxis by Uber, and hotels by Airbnb. Never have we experienced such a rapid increase in the power of technology with a simultaneous steep drop in pricing. These two drivers account for most of the progress and disruption, and the pace of technological change is not going to slow down anytime soon. Digital​ ​technologies​ ​are​ ​having​ ​a​ ​profound​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​all​ ​industries.​ […]
October 30, 2017
Equifax | Data Breach | Prevent Hack

Lessons From Equifax: How You Can Prevent an Avoidable Security Breach

Equifax: Lessons From an Avoidable Cyber Security Breach Disaster What Happened to Equifax? Equifax recently revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 145 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring due to an IT vulnerability. There are only around 125 million households in the U.S. The breach included sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. What was the Equifax IT Vulnerability? The reported vulnerability that attackers exploited to access Equifax’s system was in the Apache Struts web-application software, a widely used enterprise platform. But as subsequent coverage of the incident has unfolded, it has become clear that Equifax had institutional problems maintaining systems in a secure state. To top it off, the attackers had access to the network for a long period of time and left plenty of clues that they were there, none of which were detected until much later. How to Avoid an Equifax Disaster? Anti-virus and Firewalls are no longer enough to keep the bad guys out. Companies must now take the proactive measure of locating and remediating their IT vulnerabilities within their networks, devices, proprietary applications and […]
July 13, 2017

Pelocity Improving Veteran Employment Opportunities

ATG CEO Stephen Pollan spoke with WJCT on June 22, 2017 about how Pelocity is teaming up to improve veteran employment throughout Northeast Florida.   The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its March 2017 Veteran Employment Update showing that 40 of the 50 states experienced a drop in their veteran unemployment rate over the past year, though Florida remained unchanged at 4.7 percent. To better help Florida’s veterans, Pelocity, a cutting-edge career guidance software company based in Jacksonville, has partnered with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) to connect more veterans with employers looking to fill high-wage, high-demand careers in the state. Through a partnership with the Learning Alliance Corporation, a grant from the Department of Defense and the gracious endorsement of retired Brig. Gen. Michael P. Fleming, Pelocity is aiming to connect as many as 2,000 of our nation’s noble veterans with military-friendly employers. “As Chair of the JMVC, we are constantly seeking partners who add value to our military veterans. The professionals at Pelocity provide high-quality career support to veterans at no cost, which is a powerful combination,” said Fleming. “We are fortunate to partner with Pelocity to enhance our support. We thank Pelocity for their commitment […]
June 8, 2017
Unemployment | Salary | Ability Assessment | ATG

Unemployment: The Lowdown, Slowdown and Showdown

What’s the lowdown? According to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.3 percent, its lowest point since 2001. Some analysts believe the 138,000 U.S. jobs added in May will even be enough to encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later in June. But it’s not all good news. The rate of job growth has actually been slowing down in recent months – and that could mean trouble for both employers and job seekers. Why the slowdown? The economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession. At the current hiring pace, unemployment could soon drop to a level that some analysts would claim indicates a healthy economy. Others believe this slowdown is necessary to maintain balance. Either way, the job market waters are murky. Many people that were considered unemployed were not necessarily hired but had actually stopped looking for work in recent weeks. While this had a positive impact on the unemployment rate, the fact remains that fewer new job opportunities are being posted. The showdown Fewer new jobs are going up yet job openings are still at an all-time high, meaning companies are not actually filling as many positions. With more job […]
May 26, 2017

Hire Smart For Higher ROI

By Leslie H. Krieger, Ph.D., SPHR Does hiring smart pay off in higher profits? You bet it does! In fact, hiring smart typically brings a much greater return on investment than does spending on process improvements or capital equipment. Let’s look at actual ROI data from hiring smart initiatives we created for three very different businesses: debt collection, product distribution, and fast food. CASE STUDY #1: A FINANCIAL RECOVERY AGENCY Hiring Smart Investment: $30,000 Details: ATG helped the agency select debt collectors who quickly surpassed the national average of debt collected per month, enabling its 100 collectors to collect an additional $2.5 million per year. ROI : 8,300%. CASE STUDY #2: A PRODUCTION DISTRIBUTION COMPANY Hiring Smart Investment: $80,000 Details: ATG helped the company select field sales associates whose first year turnover rate dropped from 54% to 28%, resulting in reduced annual turnover costs of $16.3 million per year ROI: 20,300%. CASE STUDY #3: A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT COMPANY Hiring Smart Investment: $150,000 Details: ATG helped the company identify better-fit store managers and team members, resulting in reduced turnover, faster customer service response and greater customer spending. This produced an overall bottom line improvement of $17 million per year. ROI: […]
May 11, 2017
Wounded Warrior Project | Pelocity | Logo | Veteran Career

Pelocity and Wounded Warrior Project Jump Start Veterans’ Career Search

Injured veterans are finding new career paths with the help of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Recently, WWP connected warriors with detailed career assessments. The online questionnaire determined abilities and identified 25 potential opportunities for each veteran. “We use technology to advance the way talent and companies connect,” Stephen Pollan said. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Pelocity, a Jacksonville-based company WWP is working with to identify careers for warriors. The technology goes beyond a simple question-and-answer format. It creates a database of prospective jobs and spells out, in detail, what is necessary to apply. “This means a warrior knows if they can start that career right away, or if they need to expand their skills,” said Kevin Rasch, WWP Warriors to Work® manager. “This allows Wounded Warrior Project to steer veterans toward additional education, if needed, or networking opportunities for jobs they are already qualified for.” “The assessment pinpointed what I wanted my career to be,” Navy veteran Gabriel Perez said. “The survey came back with network administrator and computer technician as my top careers.” Gabriel already targeted those fields in his career search. He has been working with WWP career counseling on his resume and interview coaching. “Wounded […]
May 4, 2017

What Do You Know About Ergonomics?

By guest blogger Dr. Divya Desai (CEAS, OTD, OTR/L) Ergonomics is a science driven profession that attempts to maximize human performance while minimizing risk for injuries. The goal of an ergonomic intervention is to modify work to meet the needs of the worker – not the other way around. For instance, when a worker has a desk too high for his height, he may accommodate by raising his shoulders a bit. However, doing this day after day, for year may result in neck and upper back discomfort. The ergonomic intervention for this person would include lowering the desk or increasing the height of the chair (in addition to other modifications). When the work is adjusted to meet the workers’ needs, they are less likely to have aches, pains, discomfort or injury. It is a common notion that ergonomics involves fitting a new office chair, but it is much more than that. There are many factors that influence how you sit at work and function: the type of keyboard-mouse, lighting or glare, your clothing and accessories, your lifestyle (sedentary or active). Ergonomics takes in to account these factors and suggests modifications based on expected final outcome, which may be to decrease discomfort, increase productivity, save on worker’s […]
January 17, 2017
Waves | 2017 Update | Map | Saville | ATG

Wave 2017: New Norms. New Reports. Greater Efficacy.

On January 23, Assessment Technologies Group will launch a 2017 update to our assessment software. The update will include several new reports and updated 2017 norms for Wave Professional Styles, Wave Focus Styles and Work Strengths. This change will enable our clients to better pinpoint work styles, as they vary by nation and professional level, allowing them to stay atop current population trends.   Norm Updates As the population changes, comparison groups must adjust to the workforce climate. The norms update will include new core norm comparison groups for recent graduates and sales as well as new adjustments to existing core norm groups. Regional and country norm groups have also been created to allow a more tailored geographical approach to your assessment reports.   New Leadership Impact Expert Report The 2017 update will also include several new or expanded reports. Our new Leadership Impact Expert Report will incorporate updated leadership norms in addition to an expanded view of employee leadership styles and efficacy levels.   New Onboarding Report The new Onboarding Report will be a basic report designed to be more easily interpreted by non-trained users, or users unfamiliar with the Waves framework. It offers a high-level view of the […]
July 8, 2016

When Interviews Fail: Why the Best Interview May Not Be the Best Employee and How To Improve Interview Efficacy

Ever been truly blown away by a job candidate’s interview performance? And then been even more blown away when their actual job performance failed to measure up? You shouldn’t be surprised. Many companies rely on open, conversational interviews in which potential candidates are free to present themselves in a way they feel will impress the interviewer. It is often the most impressive interviewee who gets awarded the job. However, research reports show those self-presentation behaviors have more to do with interview ratings and less to do with job performance ratings.* So how can a company sift through the bright and shiny candidates to find the one that will be the bright and shiny employee it’s looking for? First, candidates’ self-presentation tactics had more of an impact when the interview was relatively unstructured. To help counteract this, interviews should be as structured and standardized as possible in order to improve hiring decisions. The authors of the report advise that “although structured interview scores were still subject to attempts by candidates to manage their portrayal, the scores became significantly less so as structure increased.” Greater interview structure means a greater chance that impressive candidates will translate into impressive employees. Scoreable structured interviews […]

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