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Even among innovative and forward-thinking companies, business culture typically lies on the conservative side. The interview process, for example, is driven by tradition and formality and usually varies very little with time, geography, or specific industry. There’s nothing really wrong with this—after all, there’s a reason why some standard, clichéd interview questions stay in circulation… Read more »

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Before you start fiddling with LinkedIn’s website features and fine tuning the “skills” you decide to include in your profile, make sure you take a step back and keep the larger picture in mind. It’s true that the site offers charts and graphs that give you an estimate of which skills are rising and falling… Read more »

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Workplace rules and policies need to evolve periodically in order to keep pace with changing aspects of the business and the workplace environment, but some new policy implementations are more successful than others. And too many poorly implemented or ineffective policy changes can eventually undermine respect for company rules. If you’re facing a workplace problem… Read more »

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Strategic, meaningful interviews generate vast streams of data that can help managers compare candidates, estimate their potential happiness with the company, and predict their ability to thrive in this specific position. But this data isn’t limited to spoken words alone. To make the most of the interview process, tune in to non-verbal cues like the… Read more »

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When it comes to boosting productivity by building employee morale, most experienced managers are familiar with the basics. Obviously, you’ll need to provide employees with a fair wage and safe working conditions if you expect them to stick around and commit themselves to your enterprise. And genuine verbal and written “thank yous” are always welcome… Read more »

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It’s been said that most employers form a lasting opinion about a potential candidate within seven seconds of the first handshake. And we’ve all heard stories about people who fell in love, made an enemy, or made a snap decision to trust someone after knowing them for literally less than five minutes. There are plenty… Read more »

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There are dozens of reasons why employers turn to professional staffing agencies for help with their sourcing, screening, hiring, and training needs. But two of the most common, especially during a period of slow economic recovery, have to do with “staffing up” and “staffing down”. Staffing Up When companies begin to return to established business… Read more »

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Across every industry, managers and HR pros are besieged on all sides with advice about improving retention, increasing motivation, maximizing productivity, and efficient workforce deployment. But the most experienced leaders and personnel managers recognize one simple truth that underlies all these guidelines: Hire the right people in the first place. If your selection, sourcing, and… Read more »

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You’ve found the candidate of your dreams. Without question, this one is the one you want. And you’ve made the investments and taken the steps necessary to take to prove it. After a lengthy and expensive search and interview process, you’ve made a final offer and presented a salary that you consider far more than… Read more »

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Are your employees spending far too much surfing the internet during their working hours? Do you feel like you’re being taken advantage of every time you walk past an unsuspecting employee’s cubicle and see him skimming through his Facebook feed or ordering a new sweater online? Do you feel any differently if you notice that… Read more »