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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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 »

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As you anticipate your first day at a new job, get ready to embrace the change! Things will be different from your last role – and that’s more than okay. It’s exciting and offers a world of promises and prospects, as you enter this new phase in your career. Approach day one with an open… Read more »

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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 »

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To err is human. Everybody makes mistakes. But when a blunder happens at work, it can be embarrassing, humiliating or worse. Or at least it feels that way. When it happens to you, take a deep breath. You will get through it – and there are helpful steps you can take towards recovery and damage… Read more »

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As you compete for your next job, how can you ensure you’re at the head of the pack? To stand out from the competition, emphasize those softer, transferable skills that make your personal brand unique. These are the characteristics you can take to almost any job – and often, they are what sets you apart… Read more »

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Your goal during your job interview is to convince the hiring manager why you are the best person for the job. You have only a limited amount of time to do this, so you need to make every word count. If you say something inappropriate or inane, you’ve not only wasted valuable time, but possibly… Read more »

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Companies that invest in employee recognition are among the most innovative, profitable and successful organizations in the world. They realize their greatest asset and the key to their success is their people, and that every individual needs to feel appreciated for working hard and going the extra mile. Key Components of Your Recognition Program According… Read more »

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Are you considering a career in a skilled trade, but not sure if this is the path to follow? There are many reasons to eliminate any doubts you may have – whether you want to fast track into a well-paying, secure position or simply try something that has always interested you from a professional standpoint…. Read more »

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It’s September … and maybe for the first time in as long as you can remember, this doesn’t mean heading back to school. Instead, you’re headed out into the working world, searching for your first job after earning your degree. Start your job search off on the right foot by avoiding these common mistakes: Searching… Read more »

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To keep the best talent on board at your company, you need to think about key employee motivators, during both good and bad times. If you hit a rough patch for economic or other reasons, help your team members stay positive despite the negative circumstances around them. Offer Praise and Recognition In challenging times, employee… Read more »