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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Sometimes, a unique opportunity has more potential than originally appears on the surface. Maybe you took on a work project and enjoyed it so much you wish you could focus on it every day. Maybe you spent some time volunteering or in a short-term job and acquired a new skill or had an experience that… Read more »

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With the winter holidays approaching, most employees are planning to take time off from work. However, juggling the requests and maintaining suitable coverage amounts can be challenging, especially for popular days, like Christmas Eve, where numerous workers would likely rather be home. To prevent any issues this holiday season, here are some tips for scheduling… Read more »

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If you are always late, you are hurting your career. Constant tardiness isn’t going to be appreciated by your employer and leaves you open to disciplinary action, including being fired. If you are late to an interview, your odds of getting the job diminish greatly. Luckily, there are easy ways to ensure you show up… Read more »

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As the holidays draw near, many companies are bolstering their workforces with seasonal hires. Even though seasonal needs happen on a regular schedule, and many businesses have hired short-term staff members before, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to improve on the current process. If you want to make sure your seasonal hiring goes smoothly,… Read more »

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In today’s tight labor market, companies continually have to stay one step ahead of the competition. While many businesses focus on salary to assist with their retention goals, neglecting the benefits package can be detrimental. The majority of highly skilled professionals have expectations regarding their total compensation package. Without benefits that can actually keep them… Read more »

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Stress is a part of life. In the proper doses, it can actually be incredibly beneficial, helping a person focus and giving them the drive they need to succeed. However, when stress begins to mount, the pressure can easily become unmanageable. Over time, it is detrimental to motivation and productivity, making stress management a critical… Read more »

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Do you ever find yourself slumping over your desk, head in your hands, just wishing the workday would end? Does the thought of heading to work in the morning seem unbearable or are you unable to enjoy your Sundays because you know Monday is on the horizon? Have you ever caught yourself fantasizing about quitting… Read more »

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Many professionals would assume it would be easy to determine whether they are overworked. After all, they are experiencing the situation first-hand, so they should be fully aware of whether they are facing more than they can handle. In reality, people are surprisingly adept at adjusting to shifting work demands in the short term. A… Read more »

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While every manager is an individual, many of the best leaders in the world have certain traits in common. Whether these characteristics came naturally or if they were skills learned over time, honing these abilities can make any leader more effective. Often, the greatest leaders have a combination of traits, striking a balance between being… Read more »

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Being an effective leader often means being open to learning. After all, no one is perfect. Even highly skilled managers can benefit from introducing themselves to new concepts and perspectives. Plus, if you decide to involve your team in the learning experience, everyone can take advantage of the opportunity to improve. It can make your… Read more »