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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It can feel daunting to approach your boss with a workplace safety concern. But not doing so could be much worse, if the problem you’ve discovered leads to an injury – or worse. Maybe you noticed machine guards missing, poor housekeeping or a trip or fire hazard. Or, maybe you feel your training for doing… Read more »

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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 »

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Does your boss make you feel valued? As a result, are you excited about your future with your company? Or, do you work hard, try to always stay a step ahead and go above and beyond to meet expectations – and yet it doesn’t seem like your manager even notices? If so, are they just… Read more »

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After all the hard work and preparation leading up to a job interview, and making it through the actual experience, sending a thank-you note afterward can be easily overlooked. But, if you want to be a serious contender for a position, do not let this step slide. It’s About Relationship Building In one recent study,… Read more »

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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 »

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It should come as no surprise that a lack of adequate sleep negatively impacts your performance and productivity. As supported by research at Johns Hopkins and other leading universities, it can also result in potentially serious health issues. These include: 6,000 fatal auto crashes every year due to drowsy driving. A 50 percent higher risk… Read more »

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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 »

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Is it time for you to make a job change? Making the decision is half the battle – and since you already have a job, you’re at an advantage, as long as you handle your search in an intelligent, mature and professional way. Be excited about moving forward in your career, but at the same… Read more »

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The quickest way to be eliminated as a job candidate is to submit a flawed resume. Whether yours is initially reviewed by a hiring manager or an applicant tracking system, you need to ensure your resume immediately conveys the value you would offer if hired. And this leaves no room for error if you want… Read more »

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The world of work is changing at an amazing pace – and today’s employers are seeking employees who can change with it. When they assess job candidates, they look for those who can do the job today, with an eye toward what they also could contribute in the future. Your success depends on a healthy… Read more »