The Watercooler is PrideStaff’s blog covering trends and tips for successfully managing issues in the workplace, such as: retention, employee engagement, and interviewing.

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“Culture” has been a corporate buzzword for a long time; but what does it really mean for you and for the ongoing success of your business? And, how can you build a culture of engagement, productivity and success as you move forward in 2018? In a word, culture is the personality of your organization. Entrepreneur.com… Read more »

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Your resume is a critical element in your successful job-search strategy. Of course, your resume alone won’t get you hired – but, it is the key to whether or not a prospective employer calls you in for an interview. So … what is it about your resume that isn’t doing the trick? The leading reasons… Read more »

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Workplace conflict is inevitable. In some cases, conflict is actually normal and healthy. Experts have found that the most effective teams are those in which members feel safe enough to “agree to disagree” with one another. But, as noted by organizational psychologist Michael Woodward, “Unhealthy conflict is when it becomes personal and emotional. Then, your… Read more »

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The best employees are constantly looking to better themselves and improve their performance. As a result, they crave specific, timely feedback. The traditional practice of conducting performance reviews annually – or even on a six-month or quarterly basis – is no longer sufficient to meet employee demands or the changing pace of business. As noted… Read more »

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For various reasons, even your best employees may slack off, lose focus or just seem to run out of steam. And, it’s your job to reenergize them and get them back on track. Communicate Effective employee communication is always critical, but it takes on heightened importance when you sense your superstar team members need an… Read more »

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Sure, you’re the boss … by virtue of your title and your position on the company org chart. But, are you a leader? There are plenty of bosses in the world, but there can never be enough leaders. The good news is: You can make the transition from just being the boss to being a… Read more »

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How can you make your HR resume stand out from the pack of candidates vying for that dream position? You’ve seen countless resumes and you have the inside track on what works and what doesn’t … but, so do they! Take a step back and look at your resume from a fresh perspective. Be sure… Read more »

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How to Make Your Workplace Healthier

Your experience as a hiring manager – or your gut feeling – may warn you to steer clear of overqualified candidates. And you may be right. However, don’t automatically eliminate this talent either. Carefully consider the pros and cons before making a final decision. What to Look For In a recent study of sales associates,… Read more »

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There are approximately 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn – representing the platform’s fastest-growing demographic. While hiring a new grad may come with some initial drawbacks, such as longer onboarding and extra hand-holding, the pros often far outweigh the cons. If you engage with them early on, you can ensure these future… Read more »

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Temporary work can be an excellent step to a permanent employment opportunity – or an ongoing option that fits your lifestyle. Either way, it pays to be the best temp you can be while you’re on the job. Working as a temp, you’re a member of a three-sided partnership: the client company where you’re placed;… Read more »