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 secured the interview and chosen your outfit. Now you need to take a crucial next step: research the company. As the saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed,” and if you want to both make a good impression on your interviewer and learn if the company is a good fit for you, you need to do… Read more »

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It takes time to get your teams just the way you want them, with all moving parts working together cohesively. So, what do you do when you hear rumors, or flat-out receive notifications, telling you your top talent plans to go elsewhere? If this is happening more than you’d like, learn the warning signs and… Read more »

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Did the holidays last year find you overstressed and understaffed as employees took (legitimate) time off during November and December? The work had to get done, but you had a tough time juggling everyone’s schedules and the holes missing employees left. It ended up more stressful for everyone left behind as the year ended and… Read more »

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Mike had worked at Company ABC for about five years. He’d always performed the best in his department, meeting his quotas and then moving beyond them. If anyone needed help, he’d find a way to lend a hand. He listened attentively to criticism and tried to find ways to boost his own performance. His bosses… Read more »

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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 »

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Flu season has come, and your overworked employees have begun dropping like flies. What’s more, you’ve noticed most stay fairly chained to their desks, and while they like watching The Amazing Race, none of them would ever consider doing it themselves. The company has unwittingly created an atmosphere of all work and no play/exercise, making… Read more »

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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 »

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We all feel some measure of stress in our lives: We work too hard, make ourselves busy, worry about bills, never take vacations, etc. Stress has become its own industry, spawning self-help books and videos, supplements, massage chairs/wands/professionals/classes, vacation packages and the like. But there’s a reason: Stress truly does take a mental and physical… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »