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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During Mike’s last interview, he was asked to tell the interviewer something about his accomplishments, skills or qualifications. He panicked slightly, trying to find the balance between touting what he had done and bragging, and he ended up playing down some of his biggest strengths. When he didn’t get the position, he wondered if he… Read more »

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While many of us have difficulty with change, as a leader in a company, you must help your employees deal with change by your example. Consciously or not, they will follow what you do, and your acceptance of such matters will determine whether they accept that change willingly or grudgingly. Keep the channels of communication… Read more »

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As we move into 2018, let’s look back at hiring challenges of 2017 and look forward at what industry experts say we’ll face over the next twelve months. Forewarned is forearmed, and the more we as a staffing agency can to prepare, the better we can serve both our clients and our candidates. Challenges of… Read more »

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You’ve looked for a job for the last few months with little success. Maybe a few nibbles, but it’s gotten harder and harder to keep a positive outlook as multiple resumes and cover letters yield a variety of “thanks, but no thanks.” As a result, the last time you went out for an evening with… Read more »

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Have you ever worked with a company that claimed on its site it had certain beliefs, but then discovered its employees didn’t exactly support them in their roles? Did you feel confident working with them moving forward? For the employees and staff of a company to work together seamlessly, values must be more than what’s… Read more »

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Before Bloomsbury Publishing took a chance on a story about an orphaned boy wizard, J.K. Rowling was mid-divorce, in her own words, “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Eight other publishers had passed on the book. Yet it was repeated failure that prompted Rowling to make it… Read more »

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Meg worked at Company A for about a year — she enjoyed it, but her position didn’t quite fit her expertise and experience. When a job opened at another company that was a better fit, she gave her notice and moved on. But the new job, while technically a better fit, had superiors and employees… Read more »

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When putting together an interview, remember it’s not just the candidate “selling” themselves to you; you have a need to fulfill as well, and if you have someone you think will fit the job perfectly, you have a responsibility to “sell” the company as well. Mention the perks. This goes beyond salary — and many… Read more »

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A growing economy means great news…for employees. For the employers, this can cause frustration because it means the pool of qualified candidates has shrunk, leaving HR managers searching for employees whom they just can’t find. Fortunately, you do have several options open to you. Reconsider your criteria. Many employers require employees with specific years of… Read more »

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You carefully craft your resume, go through the process of filling in the application, and then…you wait. And wait. And wait. Did the application go through, you wonder? How long does this limbo last? One of the biggest complaints regarding the hiring process? The snail-like pace it seems to take sometimes. Too often companies will… Read more »