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 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 »

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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 »

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As you embark on your job search, personal branding is what sets you apart. It’s what makes you hirable – or put another way, likable – in the eyes of hiring managers and prospective employers. Make sure your brand is original, consistent and professional across all platforms, including social media and your application materials. Start… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »