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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Knowing who you are and what matters most to you is the first step on the road to career success. Combine this with the right research and strategy, and you’ll soon find yourself in the job that’s just right for you. Stay Happy at Work Every individual varies in their personality, attitude and values. An… Read more »

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An increasing number of companies are hiring temporary employees when they need people to fill in on a short-term basis. And in many cases, these assignments turn into full-time opportunities. A temporary position can be a smart, strategic move towards your long-term career goals. Research has shown that after working as temps, job candidates subsequently… Read more »

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Workplace performance issues rarely fix themselves. Ideally, you need to identify them before they magnify into major problems. At the very least, you need to reel them in, bringing employees and teams back to maximum productivity. Causes of Underperformance When considering how to rectify poor performance, begin by identifying its underlying causes. This will help… Read more »

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Reliability is a tough quality to judge in a job candidate – as it is in anyone you’re meeting for the first time. Yet, it’s a critical trait in a new hire, not just because you want someone who will show up for work every day. You also want team members who meet deadlines, chip… Read more »

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Even the savviest candidates can fall prey to mistakes that can cost them a job. Job hunting is not easy, and there’s no single perfect formula for success. But there are some errors you can avoid, to help you stay on the right track. These tactical missteps include the following.  Too Much Time Spent Applying… Read more »

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The best hiring strategy comes down to two key factors: knowing exactly what you need in a new employee – and knowing where to find it. If you effectively address these two areas, then you can stay on track for talent acquisition success. Follow This Checklist To be sure you clearly understand your hiring needs,… Read more »

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Being the new kid at work is both challenging and exciting. On your first day, you’ll be faced with difficulties as well as opportunities. Your goal is to make the most of both. Here are some dos and don’ts to get you off on the right foot, so you make a great first impression and… Read more »

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It’s tough when a good employee leaves your company. Rarely can you change their mind, once they’ve made up their minds – but you can use an exit interview as a rich source of information to help your organization improve. Rarely, if ever, will you receive such candid, frank feedback from a current member of… Read more »

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There’s a good reason why January is the busiest job search month of the year. Companies tend to be hiring, and for many people, it’s time to take stock in their lives and consider a new direction. Most people change jobs 10 to 15 times during their working lives. There’s no reason you have to… Read more »

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The average time it takes to fill an open position is about 42 days – up from just 25 days a few years ago. Due to the ease with which anyone can now apply for a job, the volume of potential candidates for most roles has increased substantially – and with this increase has come… Read more »