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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Have you ever listened to podcasts that interest you? It seems everyone has one and you can find one to match almost any interest, from cooking to parenting to politics. That range expands to careers as well, and some of these inspiring podcasts may help you improve your career in the process. You don’t have… Read more »

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The last time Initech did their hiring, they wanted to find someone for a higher management position. However, the posting didn’t specify exactly what sort of experience they wanted, nor did it list all the job duties well, so they ended up sifting through hundreds of applications sent in by underqualified candidates who would have… Read more »

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As the next generation moves into the workplace, as an employer, you should be aware of the differences and needs so you can work with them effectively. Trust that millennials (born between 1980-1995) and Generation Z (born between 1995-2010) may not have the same focuses, but you can use that to your advantage. Generation Z… Read more »

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You get to the end of the interview and feel it’s gone well. As it begins to wind up, the interviewer asks you, “So, what questions do you have for us?” Wait…you managed to look at questions they might ask you, but you forgot to consider you’d have a chance to ask some yourself. You… Read more »

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If you want to improve your hires, you can take a few steps to swing things in your favor. Consider the fact if you set yourself up for the best possible candidates, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Improve your job descriptions. Have you ever had someone attempt to describe a famous person, but their description… Read more »

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Two months ago, at an all-employee meeting at Company XYZ, rumors had been swirling about cuts for employees. The CEO assured everyone they wouldn’t have anything to worry about; the rumors were untrue, and the company was stable. Yet last week they called 80 people in, one by one, on Friday, to tell them they… Read more »

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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 »