Need a Manager? Why Not to Promote from Within

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It’s a dilemma faced by every talent manager at some point: On one hand, you want to keep up with emerging skillsets and hire those who will help your business outperform the competition. On the other hand, you want to make sure your current employees know that growth opportunities are available. How can you do… Read more »

Is the “Perfect Candidate” a Myth?

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The cost of hiring the wrong person can be astronomical. But at the same time, perfect candidates are difficult, if not impossible, to find. Recruiters often use the term “purple squirrel” to describe the rare candidate who offers the perfect mix of skills, education, experience, salary requirements and overall fit to meet your requirements. For… Read more »

Should You Send Rejection Letters?

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  You’re busy … often, overwhelmingly busy. Taking extra time to write rejection letters to candidates you’re not hiring is probably quite low on your priority list. But, it can mean the difference between a person forming a positive impression of your organization and one whose feelings are hurt – or who may decide to… Read more »

3 Ways to Rein in a Problem Employee

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Difficult employees will always be there. Your job as a manager is to determine the best path to ensure that your team is productive, despite this reality. Seek First to Understand If you look beyond the disruptive behavior of problem employees, there is probably much more going on. It’s important to understand these underlying factors… Read more »

It’s Q2: Time to Re-Evaluate!

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More than a quarter of 2016 is already in the books, so it’s a great time to take stock of how the year is going from a talent management standpoint. Is it time for some “spring cleaning” when it comes to your plans for the rest of the year? Quarterly goals are important. They tend… Read more »

What to Do When an Employee Resigns

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When an employee resigns, it creates stress and uncertainty among their co-workers – within their team, their department and possibly even the entire company. How you handle it can have a significant impact on the rest of your organization. As a leader, you set the tone. Have a proactive plan in place, and be ready… Read more »

How to Look for Teamwork Skills in a Candidate

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Knowing how to interview is the most effective way to assess a candidate’s teamwork skills, which are critical to your hiring success. The key is to ask the right questions and listen for any indicators to determine if a person has a true team player mindset. Definition of a Team Player The old school definition… Read more »

3 Benefits of Employee Recognition

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Why should you implement an– or improve your existing – employee recognition program? Rewards and recognition that help both an employer and their employees to get what they need represent a win-win business strategy. There is always room for a program that continues to set your performance bar higher, and at the same time, builds… Read more »

Have a Fun Company Culture – Not a Waste of Time

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Happy employees are productive employees. And when a business is at its maximum level of productivity, its competitive edge is sharp. So, it’s well worth your investment to build and nourish your company culture. While every organizational culture is unique, a common denominator critical to success is having a safe, satisfying work environment that is… Read more »

Another Year Behind Us: Preparing for Success in 2016

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Fast away the old year passes … and with the fourth quarter rapidly winding down, you need to be ready for whatever hiring challenges come your way in 2016. For many HR pros, this means vowing – once again – that their time in the new year will be spent less on putting out staffing… Read more »