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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You went through the interview, you felt great about how you answered most of the questions, seemed to have a good rapport with the interviewers…and then you didn’t get the job. Instead of going over every interaction and wondering how you could have done it differently or “better,” it might work best for you if… Read more »

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Even though we like to think of our employees as busy bees, always on the move and ready to do their work, sometimes people get unmotivated and morale gets low. While sometimes it has to do with something personal, the workplace atmosphere can have a negative effect. So, what can you do to get everyone… Read more »

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You went through the hiring process, narrowed down your list of candidates, and thought you hired the best one for the position. Yet after going through all the paperwork, and doing what you felt was due diligence, this person seems like a disaster of a hire. Where did you go wrong? What signs might you… Read more »

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If you feel unsure about using LinkedIn to connect with others in your field to find your next job, just look at the numbers. As of January 1, 2018, LinkedIn had 500 million users, with 133 million in the United States alone. Of those that use it, 40 percent do so daily, and 44 percent… Read more »

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You’ve found just the right candidate for your open position. You’ve interviewed, had good rapport with them, and it seems like a good fit. Yet when you go to offer them the job, you find out they’ve already accepted elsewhere. Or you make the offer and lose them before the start date. Where did you… Read more »

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You’ve called a meeting and have multiple items on the agenda, but halfway through you’ve only discussed one of them. The meeting has now gone off course based on a miscommunication that needs clearing up. You don’t want it to go past the allotted time, but you need to get everything dealt with. How can… Read more »

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It’s a job hunter’s nightmare: You have your resume all set to go, your cover letter prepped and proofed … and you can’t get a hold of your potential references. What steps can you take next? Make sure you’ve done your due diligence. If all you’ve done is email, you may want to call and… Read more »

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You’ve hired someone who had a great interview, seemed to fit as the right person for the job … but two months in, they’re missing deadlines and the quality of their work just isn’t good enough. How could you have figured this out before you spent time, energy and money attempting to train them? And… Read more »

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You went through the hiring process, you found the top candidate, took the time to hire and onboard the person. They seemed like a great fit…and then left for another position within a year. While you want the best person for the job, you also want someone you can count on to stick around rather… Read more »

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It’s time to find a job — perhaps your position for the next six months, the next six years or maybe even longer. No matter what, you must get the job first, and one major part of that is still the résumé. Remember, this document helps answer the questions, “Why should we hire you? What… Read more »