How to Determine if a Candidate is Reliable

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Dependability is a challenging quality to gauge when screening applicants for an open position: Nobody is going to actually let you know they are unreliable, and you have very few ways to make an objective judgment. Also, reliability is difficult to describe. It includes a track record of showing up every day on time, meeting… Read more »

Tips for Managing Employee Probationary Periods

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Probationary employment, also known as a temp-to-hire arrangement, is used by both professionals and companies to try out an employment situation, as opposed to the commitment of full-time position. People willing to take on probationary employment tend to be recent graduates, folks changing careers or individuals hoping to get their foot in the door at… Read more »

Identify Performance Problems in the Workplace

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Telling an employee they are underperforming may be an intimidating prospect, especially if you are someone who dislikes confrontation. However, addressing underperformance comes with being a leader, and it’s something you have to do if you want to keep your job. While dealing with performance issues can be difficult, handling the situation is fairly straightforward…. Read more »

How to Put Together a Successful Warehouse Team

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Warehouses and distribution centers are only as good as the employees that work there, which is why putting together a quality warehouse team is a process that must be given serious attention. Let’s be honest: Warehouse work has a reputation for being physically demanding and repetitive.  That reputation can make it a challenge to keep… Read more »

Why a Strong Employer/Employee Relationship is Critical

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Building strong employer-employee relations is often an essential part of a company’s success, as the benefits of doing so provide many advantages for a business. Studies show a connection between a strong employer-employee relationship and higher productivity, less worker conflict, greater loyalty and less turnover. Creating a mutually beneficial connection with your staff members also… Read more »

Why Your Company Needs a Strong Social Media Presence

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While the business value of social media is widely accepted, there is much less consensus on what social media is meant to achieve. The objectives of social media marketing shouldn’t be just amassing likes, fans, shares and retweets. These things are means to an end, not the ultimate goal. Instead of treating social media like… Read more »

Six Benefits of Team-Building Exercises

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While team-building exercises might have been mocked in sitcoms like The Office, they have been shown to be highly effective at bringing people together and encouraging cooperation at work. It’s important to note that events shouldn’t be the only part of efforts to build up your team. First and foremost, it’s crucial to have a… Read more »

Four Ways to Know You’re Micromanaging

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Nobody wants to be a micromanager. However, trying to control everything your employees do is a habit that can start to creep in when you feel pressure mounting and deadlines approaching. If your team members think you’re micromanaging, your efficiency as a leader might be compromised, and your efforts might actually be backfiring. Therefore, it’s… Read more »

Is Your On-boarding Process as Efficient as it Could Be?

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With the economy on the rise, businesses are increasingly recruiting new staff members, meaning a lot more first days on the job and waiting for new staffers to get up to speed. The effect of so many newbies has been the emergence of a trend known as on-boarding. Simply put, on-boarding goes way beyond basic… Read more »

3 Ways to Make Summer Temporary Employees Feel Welcome

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Since they might be out the door at the drop of a hat, temporary workers unfortunately don’t get the same welcome wagon that permanent hires receive. In fairness, it’s human nature not to get attached to someone who you may never see again, and all too often temporary workers get little more than a handshake… Read more »