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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Fall is here, which means the holiday season isn’t far away. Depending on the nature of your business, you may already be staffing up for the annual seasonal rush. Or, you may need extra talent for special projects or to fill in for permanent employees who are on family or other extended leaves. Whatever the… Read more »

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On paper, a project manager may look like an unnecessary HR expense. Does this employee really deliver significantly towards profitability and your bottom line? You may not think so at first – but launching key projects without a good manager at the helm is a recipe for failure. There’s no doubt that qualified project managers… Read more »

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Getting called by an employer to come in for an interview as a result of your resume or other efforts isn’t like a game of horseshoes. You don’t get any points for “almost” achieving a perfect hit. The form rejection letter never says, “For what it’s worth, you were so close … “   How… Read more »

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Even on their last day of work, employees remember their first day. In the case of your new hires, you want that last day to be a long way down the line – so be sure you make a positive, lasting impression during the first one.   Day one on the job gives a person… Read more »

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The first few weeks and months on a new job are critical, as you set the stage for your long-term success. Getting timely feedback from your manager and other team members shows that you’re invested, committed, and ready to excel. It also gives you the opportunity to ask key questions and clarify any issues that… Read more »

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If you struggle to find top talent, you’re not alone. While U.S. unemployment rose slightly in June to 3.7 percent, May’s rate of 3.6 percent marked a 49-year low. It’s a candidate-driven market – nice for the overall economy, but often stress-inducing for overworked hiring managers. In one recent survey, 48 percent of small businesses… Read more »

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It’s not always easy to ask for help. You’re a business leader – and yet, even you may find it difficult at times. Put yourself in your employees’ shoes … and envision how challenging this may be for them, as they may worry their request will be perceived as a sign of weakness, laziness or… Read more »

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Is business performance important? Of course it is. And your business is only as strong as each one of your employees. So, it’s essential you lead, motivate and inspire team members to consistently perform at their personal best levels. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But there are some basic guidelines you can follow, to… Read more »

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These recent research findings should come as no surprise: Close to 60 percent of employees report that they’d like to have feedback from their bosses on a weekly or even daily basis. And for those under the age of 30, this number jumps to 72 percent. Seriously, who wouldn’t want feedback to make sure they’re… Read more »