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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There’s a highly important step to the interview process that 3 out of 4 job seekers routinely forget: the follow-up email. Within 24 hours after your interview, it’s essential to email the individual who interviewed you to increase your chances of staying top of mind and relevant in the company’s job search. A short, polite… Read more »

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Searching for candidates often involves a precise formula. Many employers assume that temporary staff will be readily available whenever and wherever. However, the truth is that there are ideal times to search for qualified candidates. And knowing when and how to start searching reduces the likelihood that you’ll be stuck understaffed during a crucial time… Read more »

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Far too many job seekers rely on generic cover letters when applying for positions. Using a standard letter and simply tweaking details for each company says one thing and one thing only to prospective employers: I don’t really care about this job. It’s always obvious when someone hasn’t made a real effort to write a… Read more »

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Modesto is the 18th largest city in the state of California. With a population of approximately 200,000, Modesto is home to a diverse business and employment market, particularly in the agricultural and manufacturing sector. Labor ForceThe civilian labor force in Modesto has remained fairly steady over the past year. That said, we have seen an… Read more »

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FRESNO, CA – PrideStaff, a leading national staffing franchise organization, today announced they have each been named to Inavero’s 2013 Best of Staffing™ Client and Talent List. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the fourth annual Best of Staffing list provides the only statistically valid, objective, service quality benchmarks in the industry and reveals which staffing… Read more »

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Does this sound familiar? At work, you’re going full steam ahead all morning, crossing things off your to-do list and feeling productive. You take a quick break for lunch and figure you’ll dive right back into your work and power through the afternoon. But somewhere between 2 and 3 p.m. you find your attention wandering… Read more »

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Most companies allow their employees to bring their own smartphones and even their tablets to the office. But does that mean you can–and should–use them whenever you like? Obviously, each office should have its own policy for appropriate use, but there are several simple rules that all users should follow. Mobile devices should be used… Read more »

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Most everyone dreads dealing with performance appraisals. Let’s be honest: performance reviews are a pain in the you-know-what. Employees don’t like them and HR aren’t fans either–45 percent of HR leaders didn’t think reviews were good gauges of a worker’s performance, compared to last year’s 39 percent, according to a poll by the Society of… Read more »

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Whether you’re happily employed or searching for a job, the new year is an ideal time to set or reset your career goals. The holidays provide some much needed time off to rejuvenate, refresh, and refocus, which can help you to hit the ground running, professionally, come the new year. Reflecting on 2012 Carve out… Read more »

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Lots of companies are adding an executive-level position of culture chief. Seems like a good idea, right? NOT SO! When done right, a culture exec can be a powerful role to marshal resources, but it runs a HUGE risk of communicating a top-down approach to culture–and that’s not the way to go. What works better?… Read more »