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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Whether you are on a tight budget or just prefer not to splurge when eating out, Atlanta has plenty of affordable restaurant options. Many even serve full meals for less than $10, making them incredibly budget-friendly. If you want to grab a bite after work, here are 10 affordable restaurants in Atlanta that are worth… Read more »

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Thanks to collaboration technology, offering flexible work arrangements has never been easier. Plus, many millennial professionals prefer employers that provide at least some degree of flexibility, ensuring they can achieve greater work-life balance. However, many businesses are still hesitant to embrace flexibility in the workplace, fearing it will harm productivity. In reality, these arrangements can… Read more »

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When you work in a physically demanding job, working out after you end your shift usually doesn’t sound very appealing. After all, spending a day walking, lifting, climbing, carrying, dragging and pushing isn’t easy, so heading to the gym to squeeze in more may seem like too much. However, maintaining a workout routine is still… Read more »

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For many, “we need to talk” are four of the scariest words. When they come from your boss, getting nervous is just par for the course. While delivering constructive criticism is simply part of being a manager, that does not mean you need to strike fear into the hearts of your staff before that conversation… Read more »

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Everyone has expectations for their current role and, when the job doesn’t align with what is expected, it can create some unpleasant situations. Whether you set yours too high or too low, the fact they do not reflect reality can cause internal strife. Often, people give their expectations a lot of power, and that can… Read more »

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Work-life balance is something every professional hopes to find. However, it is incredibly elusive and certainly won’t happen by accident. This is especially true in today’s hyperconnected world, where work activities bleed over into your off-hours thanks to smartphones and other digital devices. If your work-life balance is disrupted over the long term, it is… Read more »

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When you head out on a temporary assignment, you are entering an unfamiliar environment. As a result, you typically won’t know about potential hazards, especially if you will be working in an industry or role that is new to you. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure you are safe on your… Read more »

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It’s that time of year again. The days are getting noticeably longer, flower buds start to appear, and people turn their thoughts to spring cleaning to welcome the warmer, brighter season. While spring cleaning traditionally refers to one’s home, giving your social media accounts a good scrub can be a smart move too. After all,… Read more »

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Many managers believe that “always on” employees are ideal. Company leaders adhere to the notion that when they and their staff are perpetually available, everyone is ultimately more productive. However, the reality is usually different. Disconnecting from work during off-hours is incredibly beneficial, and can lead to increased productivity and higher-quality outputs. If you are… Read more »

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States are increasingly passing laws that bar companies from asking about a candidate’s salary history. The goal is to eliminate the gender pay gap and compensation bias based on gender, something that can be perpetuated when a business knows how much a job seeker makes. Even if a company believes in equality, most salary offers… Read more »