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’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 »

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Think about the last time you had to hire someone. It probably involved putting together a job description, having HR and other high-level people take the time to go through applications, narrow the hundreds down to the few, set up interviews, have interviews, make notes and discuss the interviews. All of this, while seemingly necessary,… Read more »

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You’ve been working on that big project for weeks and the deadline is fast approaching. You want to stay on top of everything, but you feel like the Cat in the Hat, balancing everything while standing on a ball with one foot. How do you manage to get everything done, get enough sleep and fend… Read more »

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You’ve been trying to find a job forever, and in California, it’s certainly not easy. You’ve put your resume out on every job site, tried all your contacts, and only got a few nibbles. Maybe it’s time for a new strategy, one that doesn’t involve you doing all this work by yourself. Find a recruiter…. Read more »

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You’ve got some great employees who have the skills to do well. Yet when you look at the actual work produced, you see some stagnation in what they have produced versus what they could produce. Rather than treating them like wayward kids who won’t do their homework, what strategies can you use to get them… Read more »

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You’ve brought on a new manager and he seems to fit in well. But after a few months, you begin to hear through the grapevine his employees feel constantly frustrated. When you watch him in a team meeting, you see that he’s taking over the project and not allowing his perfectly competent employees to each… Read more »

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Even if you’ve worked hard and done well enough to be considered a top candidate, you must remember there are still others you have to compete against who may have those same qualifications; nothing is a done deal until someone shakes your hand and says, “Congratulations.” So, what can you do to stand out above… Read more »

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You’ve winnowed down your candidate pool to your top five and have begun the interviews. The first two went well, but as you start the third one, you begin to have some serious doubts. From the candidate being both late and unapologetic, his responses to questions and a few other cues have put up the… Read more »