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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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 »

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If you’ve ever seen the critically acclaimed play or movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross, you know competition among employees can get cutthroat. First prize: a Cadillac; second prize: a set of steak knives; third prize: You’re fired. And while you probably don’t want that sort of back-and-forth in your company, some well-intentioned competition can… Read more »

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You’ve just walked out of an interview and are replaying it in your mind, going over your answers and whether you could have/should have said something different. Did you sit up straight enough? Too much? Make the right amount of eye contact? Anytime you can examine yourself and how you could improve either in an… Read more »

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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 »

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As you’re filling out your latest job application, you come to the question that you wished they’d skipped: “What is your desired salary?” or some variation thereof. After heaving a long sigh, you think about how you should answer this. Do you have to? What if it’s a drop-down box and you can’t skip it?… Read more »

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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 »

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You’ve secured terrific employees for your team, some of the best in the industry who seem poised to not only do well, but bring the company up because of their talent. Things are looking up…and then, within the next eight months, two of them leave. You conduct the exit interviews, but don’t really get much… Read more »

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As you look for a new job, take the time to assess yourself as a competitor; you know most positions have applicants in the hundreds. But as you look over your resume in comparison to the job description, you feel a slight twinge of doubt. Won’t many of the others have the same qualifications? What… Read more »

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Let’s say you have a pretty strong candidate for a position and upon checking references, you talk to someone who says they can only confirm the dates the person worked and job title. What can you do with that? Does it have a sort of unspoken meaning in the HR world for good or for… Read more »

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What if you ordered an item you not only really wanted, but that could actually improve your life on a daily basis…and you had to wait forever to get it? You placed the order, got a response saying they’d get back to you, and then dealt with complete radio silence for weeks. When you checked… Read more »