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Every company wants to hire the most talented employees, but this is easier said than done. Often, organizations look for quick answers. They use tangible rewards to entice the best and the brightest. Think big salaries, free lunches, fancy titles or even offices filled with beanbag chairs and lava lamps. These are great incentives, and… Read more »

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A typical interview usually ranges from 30 to 60 minutes in length, and it usually includes a set of popular questions such as “What you can tell me about yourself?”, “Why do you want to work here?” and “What are your greatest weaknesses?” The Problem with Traditional Questions There are two difficulties with this model…. Read more »

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To work in many industries, you will need to complete training, education and/or certification requirements. Examples include social workers, accountants and insurance navigators to name a few. However, in addition to classroom or background knowledge, there also are skills that are valuable across trades. These qualities usually are not specifically taught, although you can work… Read more »

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Many bosses and human resources managers will claim to be pretty good at hiring. If asked why, they probably will mention “gut instinct” or provide examples of great employees they added to the organization. However, there is increasing evidence that a scientific and systematic approach is far more fair and effective. According to Peter Cappelli,… Read more »

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In almost every organization, there are a handful of indispensable employees. These are the workers who would be very difficult if not almost impossible to replace. They bring value not only in skills but also in commitment. They are highly respected by their peers and the go-to-person when decisions need to be made or when… Read more »

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Employee retention is one of the biggest challenges companies face. Of course, it is impossible to keep 100% of workers. Sometimes turnover is necessary or unavoidable. However, excessive turnover, especially the loss of top employees, is disruptive, demoralizing and expensive. Depending on the industry, the loss of a worker can cost a company anywhere from… Read more »

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In our fast-paced and constantly connected world, there is an increased interest in establishing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As authors, Kitty Martini and Candice Reed write, “… there is scientific evidence that suggests that if you’re unhappy at work, your home life will also be miserable. You need a balance. It just doesn’t… Read more »

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Perhaps, after some debate, your company is finally considering using a staffing service. Or, maybe your organization has worked with an employment agency in the past with positive or not so positive results. In any case, it is important to remember that relationship matters, especially over time. In the short term, a “good fit” temporary… Read more »

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As an owner or a manager, it is tempting to think you can handle every aspect of your business. After all, there are books, podcasts, and YouTube videos on every topic imaginable. However, despite the best intentions, there are limits to what each of us can effectively learn and accomplish. Sometimes bringing in an expert… Read more »

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  To a manager or a boss, the idea of flexibility may conjure up images of employees coming and going at all hours, or worse yet collecting a paycheck while sitting home and watching Netflix. However, flexible work, which includes open-ended schedules and extended time off, and telecommuting, or working from somewhere other than a… Read more »