Preparing for Employee Reviews: Focus on Development

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Most of us have had the dreaded performance review at least once, including the form to fill out on goals both achieved and desired, room for improvement and The Discussion of it all. This usually happens once a year and often makes for a prolonged, sometimes awkward conversation that each side silently feels grateful they… Read more »

Are You Making These Three Common Hiring Mistakes?

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Let’s say there’s a vacant position you need to fill in a hurry. So, you hastily put together a job description that roughly covers the job duties, figuring you’ll find the right candidate once you sift through all the resumes. But now you’re stuck with multiple candidates who don’t quite fit the bill, and you… Read more »

What Does a Negative Applicant Process Do to Your Candidate Pool?

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Karen applied for a position at Company ABC, feeling she had a pretty good shot at an interview. She had the qualifications they wanted and had worked in the industry for several years. But she didn’t hear anything for three weeks after applying, and then only after she called and emailed…and got the response they… Read more »

Five Essential Traits of Effective Managers

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Think about your last terrific manager, either one who worked for you or one whom you worked for during your career. What did that person do so well that made them stand out? What qualities did he have that put them above the rest of the pack? Now think of the ineffective manager, the one… Read more »

How Do You Handle Frustrating Co-Workers?

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We’ve all dealt with That One Co-Worker, the one who constantly tries to talk to you when you’re working, insists on making you listen to his off-color stories, steals lunch, insists on having loud and personal conversations (and then gets annoyed when you ask if she can speak more quietly). Or you get the cliques… Read more »

Expert Tips for Recruiting Hard-to-Find Talent

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  You want to hire the best for your company, but ironically, in this current growing economy, it’s more difficult than ever to find top talent…because they already have jobs or might not be actively looking. So how do you find those great employees that could move your business to the next level? Cut through… Read more »

Are Your Competitors Winning the Top Talent?

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You have a position open and know a few prime candidates whom you’d like to fill it. However, when you do a bit of sleuthing and reaching out, you discover they’ve already gotten snapped up…by a competitor. You know you have a solid company and people seem to like working here, so why did those… Read more »

Why is Hiring Harder?

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It’s 2017 and unemployment rates have dropped significantly within the past ten years. While on the one hand, that’s great for those looking for work, it makes it that much harder to find really talented candidates when you’re on the hiring end. It’s a job seeker’s market out there, to some extent, so how do… Read more »

Are You Investing in Your Employees’ Future?

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Most houseplants don’t grow by themselves. They need water, light and a little TLC to grow properly. You need to check in on them; make sure they have what they need; prune as needed. Left alone, they rarely thrive. As an employer, you should consider each employee an investment in your company, and if you… Read more »

Did Your Last New Hire Fail?

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Last July, we had some advice on why your new hires didn’t work out. Now we’ll delve into a little more detail about why those new hires didn’t work and some suggestions for setting them up for success so you don’t have to go through the hiring scenario all over again, spending extraneous time, energy… Read more »