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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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 »

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Networking is often seen as a vital part of professional and business success. It allows you to forge meaningful connections with other professionals, something that can serve you well both in the short and long term. If you are a manager, squeezing networking into your day may feel like a challenge. However, if you follow… Read more »

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From time to time, nearly every professional feels bored at work. Maybe you have to take a deep dive into an area that doesn’t pique your interest or have to manage tasks that are somewhat tedious. While occasional boredom isn’t anything to be worried about, constantly feeling uninspired and unmotivated is a surefire sign that… Read more »

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At the core of every company is its policy manual. This document serves as an operational blueprint, outlining how aspects of the business should be managed as well as other details, including acceptable employee behavior, performance expectations and safety standards. Since your policies guide how the company runs, allowing them to become out of date… Read more »

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When you email a potential employer, having proper etiquette is essential. After all, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and a single misstep can harm your chances of landing a job with the company. However, even though the stakes are high, that doesn’t mean writing a clear, compelling and respectful… Read more »

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Staffing agencies have become a popular method for securing top talent quickly and efficiently. However, there are still a lot of myths that surround recruitment firms, even as more companies use them to manage their hiring needs. Whether you have partnered with a staffing agency in the past or are considering it for the first… Read more »

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An effective hiring strategy is based on the answers to two key components. First, you need to understand exactly what you require. Second, you need to know where to find the right person for the job. Figuring out precisely what you need can feel daunting, especially if you need to fill positions outside your area… Read more »