What is Your Company’s Online Reputation? And How Can You Improve It?

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Your online reputation can affect everything from supplier relationships to your ability to attract high-quality employees. Social media and the internet provides real-time information about your company. The material available should be monitored and managed by savvy marketers or PR professionals. Although negative comments cannot be removed, they can be counterbalanced by more constructive information…. Read more »

The Importance of Knowing When to Staff Up/Down to Meet Seasonal Demands

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Anticipating the need to hire more staff, or when to rely on core permanent staff, comes with experience. Most businesses have business cycles with seasonal fluctuations in productivity, such as tax time for accounting firms, or the holidays for retail firms. Whether you succeed in optimal staffing during busy times depends on how well you… Read more »

3 Strategies to Prevent Employees from Becoming Burnt-out and Unproductive

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The recent recession is dwindling, but corporate downsizing has created heavier workloads for staff. A survey by ComPsych was conducted in 2013 to investigate employee concerns post-recession. The study found that weight loss was the greatest concern (39 percent) among those surveyed; however, 26 percent reported that stress was a significant factor. This statistic jumped from… Read more »

Can You Afford to Wait for a Better Candidate to Apply for an Open Position?

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If you find yourself disappointed by the caliber of candidates, your expectations may be unrealistic. However, it is possible that your hiring practices are lacking. Do you market yourself as a reputable employer? How effective is your job description? Additionally, consider that a well-crafted job description is only as effective as the channels you use… Read more »

Want Better Candidates? Start Constructing Better Job Descriptions!

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A poorly written job description is a fast way to ensure high turnover. The job description should accurately reflect the position and the requirements to ensure a good fit. An inaccurate job description is likely to ensure that the wrong person, possessing inadequate skills, will perform a substandard job … and leave. Jay Goltz, author… Read more »

As Summer Heats Up, Use These Three Tips to Stay Productive in the Office

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Staying focused when the sun is shining and the days are longer, is difficult. Parents are juggling summer camps, and family trips are eagerly anticipated. Businesses slow down, and team collaboration may dwindle. Les McKeown, President and CEO of Predictable Success, leading adviser on accelerated business growth, and contributor at Time suggests using the summer… Read more »

Become a Leader (Not a Boss!)

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There is a fundamental difference that renders the role of “boss” less desirable than that of “leader,” let’s face it. For the “boss”, the glamor of leadership must be replaced by the blunt need for authoritarianism. Or, is there another way? Can the role of leader and boss be combined to ensure that company vision… Read more »

Evaluate the Candidates you Interview by Answering these Three Questions

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A Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive study conducted among business school recruiters confirmed that interpersonal skills were one of the most important candidate traits. However, Patricia Schaeffer (staff writer for  Business Know-How) reports that, according to recruiters, graduates of leading management schools expressed undesirable traits such as arrogance and a sense of entitlement during interviews. Technical… Read more »

Do You Know Why Your Employees are Leaving?

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Put simply, high staff turnover in Atlanta, Georgia can be a sign of poor leadership and management. Polling your workers and requesting confidential feedback can identify staff morale problems. Additionally, staff input can reveal operational areas that may be dysfunctional. However, if the cause of high turnover is poor recruitment, the help of a staffing… Read more »

How to Conduct an Accident Investigation

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The recording and reporting of accidents in the workplace are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While accidents are bound to occur, proper adherence to the guidelines provided by OSHA can help to minimize the occurrence and severity of accidents. According to OSHA, most accidents can be prevented if the proper training… Read more »