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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We all know what diversity means; usually age, race, gender, culture and the like. Yet creating a diverse workplace covers more than that, and the more diverse it is, the more benefits everyone will receive. When looking at hiring, you want to look beyond the usual markers and create a team filled with different personalities… Read more »

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You’re trying to find your next job and have done the legwork, most of which included spending hours looking at job websites and social media postings, trying to find the ones that fit your background best. It’s annoying, necessary grunt work – or is it? Certain career search apps make finding a job more streamlined… Read more »

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In a global economy where companies have clients and customers in many time zones, smart companies find ways to accommodate all of them. Add to that the desire to cut down on costs and overhead, and you’ve got a great recipe for adding remote employees to your ranks. In fact, 43 percent of Americans claim… Read more »

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Can managers lead? Can leaders manage? What’s the difference between the two? Which one are you, and which one do you want to be? One may think they’re interchangeable, but each has different qualities. And a good manager has the qualities of a good leader. Handling mistakes. Managers tend to criticize errors, while leaders point… Read more »

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You went through the interview, you felt great about how you answered most of the questions, seemed to have a good rapport with the interviewers…and then you didn’t get the job. Instead of going over every interaction and wondering how you could have done it differently or “better,” it might work best for you if… Read more »

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Even though we like to think of our employees as busy bees, always on the move and ready to do their work, sometimes people get unmotivated and morale gets low. While sometimes it has to do with something personal, the workplace atmosphere can have a negative effect. So, what can you do to get everyone… Read more »

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You went through the hiring process, narrowed down your list of candidates, and thought you hired the best one for the position. Yet after going through all the paperwork, and doing what you felt was due diligence, this person seems like a disaster of a hire. Where did you go wrong? What signs might you… Read more »

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If you feel unsure about using LinkedIn to connect with others in your field to find your next job, just look at the numbers. As of January 1, 2018, LinkedIn had 500 million users, with 133 million in the United States alone. Of those that use it, 40 percent do so daily, and 44 percent… Read more »

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You’ve found just the right candidate for your open position. You’ve interviewed, had good rapport with them, and it seems like a good fit. Yet when you go to offer them the job, you find out they’ve already accepted elsewhere. Or you make the offer and lose them before the start date. Where did you… Read more »

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You’ve called a meeting and have multiple items on the agenda, but halfway through you’ve only discussed one of them. The meeting has now gone off course based on a miscommunication that needs clearing up. You don’t want it to go past the allotted time, but you need to get everything dealt with. How can… Read more »