4 Tips for Improving Employee Retention

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Today’s job market is great – if you’re a candidate. With unemployment at a near-record low, professionals in virtually every field can pick and choose their next opportunities.   This makes things interesting … okay, challenging, to say the least … for today’s employers. Not only do you have your work cut out for you… Read more »

How to Make Sure New Employees Get Along With Their Team

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Starting a new job is a little bit like the first day of school all over again. Despite the newness and excitement of it all – or perhaps because of it – a person naturally feels stressed and anxious. Finding ways to ease this transition should be a top priority for you as an employer…. Read more »

9 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe in the Workplace

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June is Workplace Safety Month. Although safety is a number-one priority 365 days a year, it’s a good time for a reminder about the best ways to keep your employees healthy and injury free. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers pay nearly $1 million each week in workers’ compensation costs. Above… Read more »

How to Talk to the Employee Who Thinks They Know Everything

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As a manager, you inevitably have to deal with problem employees. One of the most challenging is the office know-it-all. You know who they are: They always have to have the last word, they’re never wrong about anything, and in meetings, they speak up just to hear their own voice. When they think they have… Read more »

Tips for Getting Over Your Fear of Confronting Employees

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Confrontation is no fun, whether it’s in your personal life or at work. It can be tempting to try to cope by avoiding the underlying issues altogether, but that only makes matters worse in the long run. A better plan is to change your mindset and do the right thing – in fairness to you,… Read more »

How to Keep Your Employees Focused and Engaged

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As reported by Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. And according to a recent State of the American Workplace study, just 33 percent of employed U.S. citizens can say the same. Those employees who are engaged stand out as they willingly go the extra mile, work with passion, and feel… Read more »

Why Managers Should Have One-on-One Meetings with their Employees

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During the course of an average workday, chances are you talk with your employees numerous times about whatever they’re working on – answering their questions, providing direction, and brainstorming with them to share ideas and solve problems. Why then should you also hold regular one-on-one meetings with each of them? Why take away even more… Read more »

How to Effectively Set Goals for Your Employees

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You may be skilled at reacting to orders from above, questions from below and all the other day-to-day demands of your workplace. You may work long hours, be well-liked and respected, and be the model of organizational efficiency. But, unless you’re proactive in setting the right goals for your employees, you aren’t an effective manager…. Read more »

Questions You Should Never Ask a Candidate in an Interview

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As you prepare to interview job candidates, you probably spend a considerable amount of time planning which questions to ask. As you should; after all, an interview is often the last step before your final hiring decision. However, it’s equally important to know which questions not to ask and which topics to avoid all together…. Read more »

How a Slow Hiring Process Can Damage Your Company

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Time to fill vacant jobs averages approximately 44 days, an increase of 50 percent since 2010. This trend doesn’t bode well for employers who want to win the competitive talent war – especially with unemployment continuing at a low rate and supporting a candidate-driven market. Slow hiring has a negative ripple effect that hurts your… Read more »