Feeling like a Broken Record? Get Your Team to Listen

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You are only as good as your team – and the way you communicate with team members is critical to meeting objectives and motivating people. You need to make sure that everyone is focused on common goals. Communication must be delivered in a way that is truthful and honest, in order to create a true… Read more »

Get Your Team to Think Strategically

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Strategic thinkers have been found to be among the most highly effective leaders. They take a broad, long-term approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, looking far ahead, and planning every step of the way. In a recent Harvard Business Review study, 97 percent of 10,000 senior executive listed strategic thinking as the… Read more »

Stumped on Your Hiring Goals? Ask Your Staff!

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Research has consistently shown that the more involved employees are in decision-making at their companies, the better it is for morale, motivation, engagement, and overall levels of job satisfaction. So it’s not surprising that involving current team members in your hiring process can yield numerous positive results for them and for you. Firms including Google,… Read more »

Should You Include Staff in Interviews?

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Successful talent acquisition has a powerful impact on your employer brand and ultimately, on your company’s bottom line. Each new hire is an opportunity to find the next superstar that will take your organization to the next level and help outshine your completion. It is crucial that your interview process – and those who take… Read more »

How to Know an Employee is Unhappy

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Leading a team isn’t easy. And no matter how skillful you are at it, there will be times when you have to face the challenge of dealing with an unhappy employee. If you handle it well, you can turn a disgruntled poor performer into a star. If not, you may lose the employee due to… Read more »

Why You Should Review Candidates with Your Team

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“No one of us is as smart as all of us.” In a nutshell, this adage summarizes why you should review job candidates with your current team members. In fact, you should take it a step further and actively involve them in the hiring process. Everyone wins as a result: you, as HR leader; your… Read more »

Should You Offer Paid Internships?

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Qualified interns are a tremendous asset to your company. They bring fresh ideas, they spread the word about your business to their friends and contacts, and often, they turn into solid full-time hires down the road. But, the question remains: Should you pay your interns? You don’t want to be perceived as “cheap,” but for… Read more »

Should You Consider a Candidate With an Online Degree?

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Close to two million students are taking at least one online course offered by a college or university. Between 2002 and 2012, there was an increase of nearly 30 percent in academic institutions that offered online degree programs. Today, the percentage is about 65 percent of all schools. So clearly, online studies are a force… Read more »

Pros & Cons of Workplace Drug Testing

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Forty-four states, including California, have legal requirements mandating that employers conduct employee drug testing. In addition, although there are no comprehensive federal laws governing drug testing, there are regulations which apply to certain industries and circumstances. Above and beyond the legal ramifications, there are pros and cons associated with drug testing. When setting your policy… Read more »

How to Know If Your Employees are Miserable

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Companies with engaged employees outperform those whose workforce is unhappy by up to 200 percent. Unhappy workers can cost your company thousands of dollars a year or more in absenteeism, lost productivity and related areas. Warning Signals Unless they come right out and tell you, it may not always be obvious when a person is… Read more »