Facing Worker Fatigue after the Holidays? Use These Tips to Get Your Staff Up and Running!

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    Despite well-intended New Year’s resolutions, the months following the holidays can be a bleak time for people, both personally and at work. Post-holiday blues are very real – and seasonal affective disorder, with its ironic acronym SAD, affects about five percent of all adults in the U.S. At best, your employees will probably… Read more »

5 Questions to NEVER Ask in an Interview

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Hiring managers often close out an interview by asking candidates if they have any questions of their own. This is a great opportunity to find out more about your prospective employer and their expectations. But remember: Your interviewer has not stopped evaluating you at this point. So use your questions to finish on a strong… Read more »

Start Building High-Performance Teams in 2016

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As a leader, you expect a lot from the teams you build. As you should. A team is a group of people who are interdependent in order to accomplish their goals. As noted by John Katzenbach and Douglas Smith, authors of The Discipline of Teams, the highest-performance teams share these traits: Commitment and purpose. Performance… Read more »

Conduct Better Performance Reviews

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As an employer, you use performance reviews to assess your employees’ strengths, weaknesses, progress and areas for improvement. For employees, they provide valuable information about expectations for the future. Performance reviews can be highly productive, if done properly. Otherwise, problems can arise. Your managers, supervisors and HR pros who conduct reviews must be thoroughly trained… Read more »

The Secret to Performing Flawless Interviews

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As the employment market has improved and candidates have more options, hiring the right person for the job has become increasingly challenging. If your selection process turns people off, they won’t hesitate to go elsewhere – or to tell their friends and contacts about the experience. As you prepare to conduct your interviews, your job… Read more »

Can a Great Workplace Leader be a Social Butterfly?

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It’s important for any workplace leader to get to know their employees as individuals and to continuously build team rapport. This requires “management by walking around” and keeping your door open to frequent dialogue with staff members. And topics can and should go beyond work-related matters. It’s good for morale, and ultimately productivity, to interact with… Read more »

5 Tips to Give Your New Hire a Great First Day

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The first day of a new job can be overwhelming. First impressions are important. New hires know they need to put their best foot forward – but does your company follow the same rule? In a recent survey of 1,005 U.S. employees, it was reported that 31 percent had quit jobs during their first six… Read more »

Should You Hold Out for “Better” Candidates?

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Hiring a new employee is one of the most important management decisions you’ll make – not just today, but this week, this month, this year, and for the future of your business. You’re probably aware of the disastrous costs associated with hiring mistakes: In addition to a financial hit that can equate to many times… Read more »

5 Interview Questions that Prove Who a Candidate Really Is

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  Most hiring managers would agree that it is essential to find a comfort level with every potential hire, where the employee feels welcome and comfortable in the interview process.  One way to help achieve this comfort level is by asking the right questions during their interview. Asking the right questions can help you ensure… Read more »

How to Gauge Teamwork Skills in an Interview

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Teamwork skills and related soft skills are just as important to the success of your next hire as the abilities, experience and qualifications required for the job. But, they’re not as easy to pinpoint or measure, at least not until you dive below the surface and really get to know a candidate. So, what’s the… Read more »

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