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 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 »

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Last year, we gave you some suggestions as to why you may be losing your top talent. Read on for a few more reasons why talent may want to leave and more ways to get them to stay. After all, you hired the best, so you need to do what you can to keep them… Read more »

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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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Networking

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 »