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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With so much riding on your performance, it’s normal to be nervous before a job interview. In fact, as noted by Psychology Today, a certain level of anxiety can motivate you to be more energized and better prepared. But, you don’t want to be so overwhelmed with nerves that you can’t be your best self… Read more »

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One of the most critical things you can do for your company is to learn how to spot a bad hire. As reported in Harvard Business Review, 80 percent of employee turnover is attributed to bad hiring decisions. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) places the cost of a bad hire at five times… Read more »

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Constructive feedback is critical to your employees’ professional development, which contributes to your overall business success. Because the better your team performs, the better your company performs. But giving that feedback is a delicate process. There’s a fine line between helping employees grow and discouraging them. For this reason, managers are often hesitant to start… Read more »

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You want to make the best possible impression during every minute of your job interview – from start to finish. And “finish” means your performance isn’t over until you leave the stage … er … building. You can also think of your interview as a sales pitch because that’s what it ultimately boils down to…. Read more »

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Every employee struggles at some point. As a manager, it’s up to you to recognize these situations and acknowledge them at the earliest possible stage. It may be tempting to simply let them run their course, but chances are, that won’t just happen on its own. It’s like most any challenge in life: sticking your… Read more »

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Teamwork may be one of the most common buzzwords in the corporate world. But that only underlines its importance, as robust teams build morale, productivity, and profitability, and make problem-solving more effective. There are myriad studies on the value of teamwork. In one report, 86 percent of employees and executives reported that workplace failures were… Read more »

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Receiving and expressing gratitude makes people feel happy and fulfilled. It’s a reciprocal act that serves as the basis of any strong, healthy relationship – personal or professional. In the words of business mogul Sir Richard Branson, founder of more than 400 companies, “I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is… Read more »

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Whether your temporary job lasts a few days or several months, consider it an opportunity to stay up to date, learn new skills, build your professional network, and possibly open the door to a permanent role if that’s your goal. How can you position yourself as a hard worker and a valuable part of the… Read more »

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Your company culture affects virtually every aspect of your business – from recruitment and retention through ongoing employee engagement and, ultimately, higher productivity and better overall results. Recent research shows that 94 percent of executives and 88 percent of rank-and-file workers believe that a positive culture is essential to a company’s success. To make your… Read more »

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You spend a lot of time at work – and so does your boss. By developing the best possible relationship, all those hours you spend at the office will be a lot better for both of you. But as an employee, what steps can you take to make this happen? Start with the obvious: be… Read more »