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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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 »

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We’ve all dealt with That One Co-Worker, the one who constantly tries to talk to you when you’re working, insists on making you listen to his off-color stories, steals lunch, insists on having loud and personal conversations (and then gets annoyed when you ask if she can speak more quietly). Or you get the cliques… Read more »

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You take a walk through the office to observe your employees in action, eager to see what projects they have going, what tasks they’ve got going on. Yet what you see is…inaction. Employees stand at each others’ cubicles gossiping. Others not-so-sneakily check their smartphones or social media on their computers. Some simply try to multitask… Read more »

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You’re working at your job, doing fine, liking the environment; then one day your boss announces the project you’ve been working on nonstop for the last three weeks is on hold because the company has decided to go in a different direction and you need to start over using different parameters. Oh, and it’s due… Read more »

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Your employer requests you do something that wasn’t on your list of duties, and you respond with, “That’s not my job.” If you really want to prove your worth to your company and move up, you need to go beyond the basics. And while you don’t need to go past your job description unfairly or… Read more »

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  You want to hire the best for your company, but ironically, in this current growing economy, it’s more difficult than ever to find top talent…because they already have jobs or might not be actively looking. So how do you find those great employees that could move your business to the next level? Cut through… Read more »

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You have a new employee who came on seeming eager to do a great job, but you’ve quickly discovered they’ll rarely make a move without checking with a manager first and have been heard to utter the statement, “Well, nobody’s checking on me, so I didn’t really think I had to do it.” In fact,… Read more »