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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Any employee – in any department and at any level of an organization – can be indispensable. It’s not about power, title or position. It’s about being essential to the overall success of your team and your company. Being indispensable means your supervisor and co-workers count on you so much that, without you, productivity would… Read more »

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Strategic staffing is an ongoing process. And you’re so busy each day that you may find yourself filling positions on a “must-have” basis, rather than stepping back to evaluate whether or not your company’s true hiring needs are being met. It happens to the best of HR pros. If you miscalculate staffing, you run the… Read more »

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There are lots of agencies out there, and all are in the business of helping people find jobs. How do you decide which one to pick? A niche agency is one that knows your industry and has a robust client base in that field. If you’re searching for an administrative, customer service, IT, finance, legal… Read more »

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In today’s competitive world, you may think a college degree is a prerequisite to finding a good job and a stable career. Not always. For many, a career in a skilled trade is perfect – and equally lucrative and satisfying. And you can be working in the “real world” anywhere from six months to two… Read more »

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When you hire a new employee, you make a significant investment of time, money and resources. How do you know if you’ll realize a worthwhile return on those expenses? Hiring success is determined by the quality and performance of a new hire. Here are some barometers to gauge these factors: Percentage of goals and qualifications… Read more »

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Accountability means being responsible and answerable for your actions. When employers and employees are accountable to each other, employees can trust their work will be valued and rewarded appropriately. Accountability allows people to exercise autonomy and feel more invested in the company. This incites them to perform better, more creatively and more efficiently. Lead by… Read more »

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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 »