Are You Struggling to Find Talent?

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While the economy has bounced back somewhat within the last ten years, finding top talent remains difficult for many companies. In fact, in 2015, 70 percent of small businesses surveyed said they had trouble finding qualified talent, with 15 percent saying it was the greatest threat to growing their business. Why is this still happening… Read more »

The Expectations of Generation Z

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You have a bright young candidate come in for an interview. You chat for a few minutes, make a Curb Your Enthusiasm reference, and … crickets. Because this person was too young to have watched it — they may recognize Larry David as the guy who does the good Bernie Sanders impression. This candidate is… Read more »

Is a Candidate a Self-Starter?

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With a new hire, you’ll have to do some training to get the person up to speed, but some employees need more guidance than others. As you go through your candidates, ask a few questions to see how much hands-on management they’ll need. Do they seem fairly self-sufficient, or will they need more overseeing? “Tell… Read more »

Make Resignation Announcements Easier for Your Team

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Let’s put forth a scenario: Lauren A. has announced her resignation to her boss — she’s put in three weeks’ notice. The boss doesn’t want to upset the team with this news, but feels unsure of how to let them know, especially with a rather significant project coming up that Lauren would’ve helped with. So… Read more »

How to Choose Among Multiple Candidates

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What a wonderfully complicated problem to have: You’ve gone through your rounds of interviews and you actually have several incredibly qualified candidates to choose from, each with good experience but bringing something slightly different to the table. As you sit looking at each of their resumes, you think to yourself, How on earth do I… Read more »

What Can a Candidate’s Nonverbal Communication Tell You?

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Think of the last great candidate you hired. What swayed you most? Was it the references and the resume, or can you chalk it up to something almost intangible about how she presented herself? Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of the 1971 book Silent Messages, combined the results of two studies on communication and discovered that… Read more »

Simple Strategies for Hiring on Enthusiasm

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You’ve had an interview with an extremely qualified candidate; on paper, she seems like a great fit for the position. Her references seem strong, and she answers your questions thoroughly…but she never once seems as though she actually wants the job. She doesn’t even mention wanting it, making it seem as though she’s simply going… Read more »

Do Your Employees Fear Change?

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Your team has worked long and hard to become a cohesive unit, and they’ve finally gotten into a groove wherein they know each other’s strengths and habits, moving along smoothly. But last week their manager made a lateral move to another department and someone else has taken her place, someone relatively unknown to them. Now… Read more »

Providing Constructive Criticism

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Ah, the managing nightmare scenario: While having a one-on-one with an employee to discuss possible areas of improvement, you suddenly find that you’ve put your critique in such a way that now said employee has become defensive, angry, tearful, offended, or some combination thereof. Now you may feel a bit angry and defensive yourself, or… Read more »

It’s Time for Your Employees to Take a Vacation

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As a new employee, Jane felt excited about the job and getting that one week of paid vacation almost out of the gate. But now she’s been at her company for five years, has accrued two weeks of vacation, and has never taken more than three days off at a stretch. She has various reasons… Read more »