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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  Many companies experience seasonal fluctuations in demand, especially around the holiday season. Others need to maintain standard production rates, even when employees are hoping to use vacation leave to spend time with family and friends. And, in some cases, organizations deal with all of the above. But there is a way to ensure you… Read more »

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  Let’s face facts; we all make mistakes. Often, it’s something small, like forgetting to add an attachment to an email, and can easily be recovered. But, from time to time, your error may be a bigger deal, and you may worry about the damage to your reputation or the cost to the business. When… Read more »

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Many companies shy away from panel interviews for numerous reasons. For example, some consider them too intimidating for candidates and are worried the extra pressure may turn them off of the company. Others have issues coordinating the schedules of several interviewers, making it seem as though multiple one-on-one interviews are the better option. In fact,… Read more »

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In the land of reasons for being rejected for a job, being called “overqualified” is the only one that typically seems complimentary. On the surface, it suggests your skills are beyond what the job requires, which can feel like a point of pride. But, when you dig a little deeper, you can realize that being… Read more »

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Being ahead of your competitors can play a big role in the success of your company, and staying apprised of industry trends is a surefire way to stay on the cutting edge. However, keeping up with all the information isn’t easy, and it certainly isn’t a one-person job. That’s why having your employees get involved… Read more »

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Job hunting when you live in another state is a challenge. Often, hiring managers have local candidates interested in the position as well, and they are typically favored due to their ability to interview and potentially start more quickly. But, if you’re willing to relocate, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply. Instead, you need to… Read more »

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As a recent college graduate, facing your first interview can be a challenge. Often, you haven’t had many opportunities to interview before, so you may question your competency or feel uncomfortable. Also, your experience in the field is generally limited, as you’ve just recently completed your education. To make things more difficult, entry-level jobs can… Read more »

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Providing feedback is an important part of being a manager; it gives employees the information they need to excel in their positions and make corrections as required. But, if your feedback is too harsh, it can be surprisingly ineffective. While being direct is great, the wrong tone or wording can be more discouraging to workers… Read more »

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When a new hire walks in for their first day, you may think the hardest part of your job is done. However, don’t stop putting out extra effort just yet. Taking the time to get to know your newest employee can help build trust and create a more comfortable work environment that gives them an… Read more »

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Many job seekers are surprised to hear that around half of employers screen candidates using social media, and one in three admits to rejecting an applicant based on what they found. Social media screening is likely here to stay, so cleaning up your profiles before you start looking for a new job is practically mandatory…. Read more »