How to Foster Teamwork to Get Better Results

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Strong teamwork is necessary to finish any big project, but many supervisors find it difficult to make their team a cohesive unit. Juggling the needs of individual workers along with the larger group dynamic can bring confusion to team efforts, causing the work to suffer. When leading team projects, you must be able to clearly… Read more »

The Advantages of Using a Staffing Agency vs. Internal Hiring

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One of the biggest shifts in the labor market since the Great Recession has been employers’ increased use of staffing agencies to source talent. Staffing agencies are a source of candidates for companies looking to hire, and agencies represent potential job offers for people seeking a new job. Based on criteria set by the client,… Read more »

How Managers Can Build a Positive Relationship With Their Employees

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If a manager hasn’t earned the trust of their staff, everyone suffers and productivity is negatively impacted. Sure, a manager can motivate employees through fear of being fired; however, employees will do just enough to stay out of trouble and likely be on the lookout for another job. Intelligent leaders realize that engaged employees work… Read more »

The Benefits of Having One-on-One Meetings With Employees

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Once upon a time, in-person meetings were the only way for people to communicate with one another, but now, easier methods of communication are available, from simple phone calls to Skype. While technology may be more convenient than in-person meetings, it does involve an artificial barrier that can mean lower productivity. There are many benefits… Read more »

How to Successfully Implement Change in the Workplace

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We all like to tell ourselves we’re open to change, but the reality is that change is often met with heavy resistance. Some people resist because they fear how change will affect them. Other resist change because making real change takes a great deal of work. In the workplace, these and other forms of resistance… Read more »

Tips for Identifying a Negative Employee During an Interview

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Bad hires can have a serious negative impact on an organization. In addition to resources being wasted on someone who turns out to be a bad employee, there’s also the impact to productivity, morale and company culture. The problem is, negative employees can be difficult to spot in the interview process. They may still have… Read more »

Important Questions to Ask When Conducting Reference Checks

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Reference checks help a hiring manager make sure applicants have been honest in their application process, but they can also be used to find out more about a candidate. Some questions asked of candidate references are to confirm facts, such as a previous job title, salary and employment dates. Reference questions can also help get… Read more »

Manage Absenteeism With These Easy Tips

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According to a recent survey, two out of three people who don’t show up for work aren’t physically ill. For most businesses, immediate supervisors have the responsibility for handling absenteeism. These managers are often the only individuals who are aware of particular workers being absent. They must also make decisions on how to handle the… Read more »

5 Great Ways to Boost Employee Morale

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Cynical corporate leaders might read articles about boosting morale and roll their eyes, thinking: Our employees are paid great, have good benefits and an employee recognition program. However, a paycheck, benefits and generic employee recognition plan often isn’t enough to keep employees from leaving a company, and it is imperative for companies to retain talent… Read more »

How to Effectively Review a Resume

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The process of reviewing a resume should start before a single applicant hits the Send button. It should begin with a well-written job description that can be used as a standard for any resume that is submitted. An efficient job description clearly outlines specific, essential qualifications and experience. It shouldn’t be a wish list to… Read more »