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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Do you feel like you’re dragging yourself to work every day, only to count the minutes until it’s time to go home? Boredom, lack of motivation or inspiration, feeling like you’re not doing your job to the best of your ability or adding value to your company … none of these are good feelings. The… Read more »

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Your employer brand is your company’s reputation as an employer and also its value proposition, or what it offers to potential employees. It should be authentic, sharing “what it’s really like to work here” and providing insight into your culture, as well as candidates’ opportunities for career advancement. Just as you would with your consumer-facing… Read more »

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In your role as a manager, you will inevitably have to deal with difficult employees. They may be insubordinate, overly argumentative or even bullying. The root of the problem may be laziness, boredom or a lack of motivation. Whatever the reasons behind the situation, it’s up to you to nip it in the bud. Evaluate… Read more »

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If you’ve been out of the job market for one or two – or even 10 or more – years, the thought of heading back in can be daunting. The key to success lies in understanding what a prospective employer’s concerns about hiring you might be, and structuring your resume, interview responses and other job… Read more »

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As you narrow down the field towards making a final hiring decision, what criteria should you use for rejecting job candidates? The process can be overwhelming – and much is riding on your selection. Factors to Consider That pile of dozens – and dozens and dozens – of resumes and applications will get shorter –… Read more »

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Career goal setting sounds daunting, right? It can be, at first. But the start of a new year is a great time to clean out your space, both mentally and physically, and come to a state of clarity about what you want to accomplish professionally in 2019. Here are some steps you can take to… Read more »

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What skills and qualities do you need to stay on top of your team – and your company’s – performance, while at the same time keeping your own career on the growth track? Being a true leader is all about adding value, embracing change, driving innovation and positioning your organization as a competitive frontrunner. A… Read more »

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A candidate’s potential is determined by their ability and desire to grow within your company. You’re seeking employees who can not only do the job today, but eventually take on greater responsibilities and add more value to your organization. By looking for the right qualities and asking the right questions, you can ensure a good… Read more »

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Your receptionist is the face of your company. Every new and current client, job candidate and employee, vendor and visitor interacts with them. Because these impressions are so critical, it goes without saying that having the right person in the role of receptionist is a top priority. Questions to Ask When hiring a receptionist, you… Read more »

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It’s human nature to automatically move the resume of an unemployed job candidate to the bottom of the pile. But it may not be in your best interest to do so. Keep in mind your goal is to hire the best person for the job. More often than you think, this may be someone who… Read more »