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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No matter how smart or skilled your employees are, if they lack confidence, they won’t perform up to their full potential. And they’re going to need your help, guidance, and ongoing support to keep that self-confidence at peak levels. Confidence and productivity go hand in hand. How employees see themselves is vital – and it… Read more »

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Your successful talent recruitment process is a two-way street. You and your company are on trial, just as much as your job applicants. Though it takes time and effort, it’s well worth it to follow up with job seekers after their interview, as part of your overall positive candidate experience. Show your respect. Applying for… Read more »

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Although you may not know where to begin when asked, “Why should we hire you?” this is one of the most common questions raised during job interviews. Your response should be a concise sales pitch explaining the unique value you would bring to the position and the company if hired. Here are some tips to… Read more »

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Starting a new job is exciting, but getting settled in during your first week can be challenging. It’s a new environment, new people, a new routine and a whole new team. Your success in these early days is about balance: You want to make the right first impressions, but you don’t want to be pushy…. Read more »

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It’s a good problem to have – but a problem nonetheless. You’re seeking to fill a business-critical job vacancy, and the field has been narrowed down to two final candidates. Both have sterling resumes and recommendations and have interviewed well. Everything in their backgrounds checks out, and they both have the right education and experience… Read more »

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If one or more of your employees are frustrated, it’s only a matter of time before their performance is negatively impacted. As a result, you will soon become frustrated too. And so will other members of their team. This scenario isn’t fun or productive for anyone involved. As a leader, it’s up to you to… Read more »

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As the boss, it’s natural for you to feel a bit of a division between yourself and your employees. When you pass in the hall, you’re polite and even friendly to each other, but have you ever considered the benefits of really getting to know them – as the unique individuals they are, rather than… Read more »

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As reported by Harvard Business Review, one in five top-performing employees is likely to leave their positions within the next six months. What?! Judging by that statistic, this could amount to losing up to 20 percent of your best team members. That’s a terrifying thought, especially in today’s candidate-driven job marketplace. And here’s another stat… Read more »

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The immediate post-interview period is just as critical to your job search as the interview itself. It may be tempting to pat yourself on the back, sit back, cross your fingers and wait for the phone to ring. But … not just yet! During the 24 hours or so after you leave your interview, stay… Read more »

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It happens more often than you might think. During a job interview, a hiring manager throws a curve ball: A question the candidate cannot answer. Sometimes, the person simply doesn’t know the right response. Or, their brain freezes at the moment. Another possibility is the interviewer may be deliberately trying to stump the applicant to… Read more »