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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A well-written job description is one of the most essential communication tools you can have in place for your employees, managers, recruiters and prospective hires. It not only becomes a foundation for the development of interview questions, but it also fosters effective management on all levels and protects your business for the future. Strong job… Read more »

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Have you been left hanging by a prospective employer, wondering why you haven’t been called for an interview after submitting your resume and application? It’s especially disappointing if you felt confident you’d be a good fit for the job. There are myriad reasons why you haven’t heard back from a company. The following are five… Read more »

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Regardless of their role, no employee works alone, or in a vacuum. Even in the most technical jobs, the ability to effectively interact with team members is essential to success. There will always be colleagues who need to know the status of tasks or projects and, in general, what’s going on. While teamwork skills are… Read more »

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Success in your job interview is not only about nailing the responses to questions you’re asked. It’s also about asking good questions of your own. There’s no better way to show your excellence as a candidate than by asking the right questions. Make a Statement Your goal is to make a statement, in the form… Read more »

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“Culture” has been a corporate buzzword for a long time; but what does it really mean for you and for the ongoing success of your business? And, how can you build a culture of engagement, productivity and success as you move forward in 2018? In a word, culture is the personality of your organization. Entrepreneur.com… Read more »

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Your resume is a critical element in your successful job-search strategy. Of course, your resume alone won’t get you hired – but, it is the key to whether or not a prospective employer calls you in for an interview. So … what is it about your resume that isn’t doing the trick? The leading reasons… Read more »

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Workplace conflict is inevitable. In some cases, conflict is actually normal and healthy. Experts have found that the most effective teams are those in which members feel safe enough to “agree to disagree” with one another. But, as noted by organizational psychologist Michael Woodward, “Unhealthy conflict is when it becomes personal and emotional. Then, your… Read more »

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The best employees are constantly looking to better themselves and improve their performance. As a result, they crave specific, timely feedback. The traditional practice of conducting performance reviews annually – or even on a six-month or quarterly basis – is no longer sufficient to meet employee demands or the changing pace of business. As noted… Read more »

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For various reasons, even your best employees may slack off, lose focus or just seem to run out of steam. And, it’s your job to reenergize them and get them back on track. Communicate Effective employee communication is always critical, but it takes on heightened importance when you sense your superstar team members need an… Read more »

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Sure, you’re the boss … by virtue of your title and your position on the company org chart. But, are you a leader? There are plenty of bosses in the world, but there can never be enough leaders. The good news is: You can make the transition from just being the boss to being a… Read more »