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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“Why should we hire you above all the other candidates for this job?” “How will you add value to our company?” These are two of the most important – and most likely – questions you’ll be asked in your interview. And if you’re not prepared to give a good reason why an employer should hire… Read more »

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If you sense a lack of cooperation or collaboration among certain team members, the problem may not be people’s unwillingness to give each other a hand. It could be because your employees simply don’t – or won’t – ask for help. Why not? A leading reason is a fear that asking for help will be… Read more »

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Following up with a company after you apply for a position is a critical step in your job search strategy. It demonstrates your level of interest and separates yours from other resumes still to be reviewed. It also shows that you understand the importance of timely follow-through.   But you don’t want to come off… Read more »

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Your job search is over – and it ended well. You’ve landed the job. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to live up to expectations and hit the ground running.   It’s normal to have some anxiety as you anticipate Day One in your new role. But you can keep it at a healthy level and make… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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You may have doubts about listing temporary jobs on your resume, your LinkedIn profile or a job application. No worries: in fact, as long as you handle it correctly, this experience can be a real asset to your career. You may have been temping to try out a new role or industry, to balance working… Read more »

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You’ve reached the point of no return: You simply can’t get your work done without asking for help. It happens to everyone at some time. But, when and how should you ask without seeming incompetent or like you’re dumping a task on someone else? Too often, people feel that asking for help will be perceived… Read more »

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Wearing steel-toed boots and other personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job may seem uncomfortable and cumbersome at times. But, when you weigh this minor inconvenience against the pain and suffering of a serious injury, it takes on a whole new meaning. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports at least 60,000 foot injuries are… Read more »

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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 »