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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As you compete for your next job, how can you ensure you’re at the head of the pack? To stand out from the competition, emphasize those softer, transferable skills that make your personal brand unique. These are the characteristics you can take to almost any job – and often, they are what sets you apart… Read more »

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Your goal during your job interview is to convince the hiring manager why you are the best person for the job. You have only a limited amount of time to do this, so you need to make every word count. If you say something inappropriate or inane, you’ve not only wasted valuable time, but possibly… Read more »

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Companies that invest in employee recognition are among the most innovative, profitable and successful organizations in the world. They realize their greatest asset and the key to their success is their people, and that every individual needs to feel appreciated for working hard and going the extra mile. Key Components of Your Recognition Program According… Read more »

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Are you considering a career in a skilled trade, but not sure if this is the path to follow? There are many reasons to eliminate any doubts you may have – whether you want to fast track into a well-paying, secure position or simply try something that has always interested you from a professional standpoint…. Read more »

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It’s September … and maybe for the first time in as long as you can remember, this doesn’t mean heading back to school. Instead, you’re headed out into the working world, searching for your first job after earning your degree. Start your job search off on the right foot by avoiding these common mistakes: Searching… Read more »

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To keep the best talent on board at your company, you need to think about key employee motivators, during both good and bad times. If you hit a rough patch for economic or other reasons, help your team members stay positive despite the negative circumstances around them. Offer Praise and Recognition In challenging times, employee… Read more »

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As a manager, it’s inevitable you’ll have to deal with difficult employees from time to time. You can’t ignore them because, chances are, the problem won’t just go away. Difficult employees can sap morale, decimate productivity and stir up unrest in team members due to their disturbing behavior. It’s never fun, but taking a timely,… Read more »

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If you’ve made it to the final round in your interviews for a job that interests you, it means you’re legitimately very close to receiving an offer. You’ve already met the company’s basic requirements, having achieved this during round one. The purpose of this meeting is generally either to confirm your cultural fit with the… Read more »

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Employment gaps or other spotty information on your resume can make finding a new job more challenging. In an interview, a potential employer is trying to determine whether you would add value to their company if hired. If your work history is less than stellar, this may be cause for concern. But fortunately, there are… Read more »

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Regardless of your chosen career field, having certain professional skills makes you a valuable entity in today’s job market. You need to demonstrate to potential future employers you have what it takes to keep them competitive given the complex technological, economic and social forces that impact their business. It all boils down to developing a… Read more »