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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It’s a good problem to have: You’ve narrowed your search to two really strong candidates who both seem perfect for the job. But how do you decide? What if one seemed really good on paper but won’t be able to follow through in real life? Or what if one just interviewed well? Some people are… Read more »

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It’s that time of year again! That warmer weather we’ve all been waiting for is enough to inspire you to clean out your closet, your desk drawers and maybe even your inbox. Your resume could use the same kind of cleaning. Even if you’re not planning on looking for a new job this year, you… Read more »

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Your employees are your most valuable asset, so it’s important to treat them that way. When people feel valued and appreciated, they’re more likely to be loyal to their bosses and go above and beyond to make sure the company is successful. They’ll be happier at work and more productive. Here are five simple ways… Read more »

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The toughest decisions a manager makes are the decisions about people—hiring, firing, and promoting people. Often, those decisions don’t get enough attention and are difficult to undo. In fact, most managers simply resign themself to the idea that every company has to tolerate some sub-par employees. But that’s not necessarily the case. And making a… Read more »

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A resume is probably the most important document of your professional life. It’s the first piece of information that hiring managers have about you when you apply for a job. And since most companies have online application processes, it’s easier than ever to send in your resume and apply for a job. Which means you… Read more »

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Your employees don’t have to be your best friends, but it does help If you can have a positive, friendly relationship with them. They’ll work harder for you, show more loyalty, and have an easier time being upfront and honest with you. Not to mention that workplace friendships can increase employee satisfaction by 50%. Here… Read more »

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Being a manager is exciting, but it can also be pretty intimidating. You want to lead your team to success, yet there are so many personalities to manage and so many obstacles to overcome. And you’re worried about making a bad first impression and getting off on the wrong foot, which just paralyzes you with… Read more »

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Job searching is hard work. You have to find the right job – the best fit for your personality, skill set and career ambitions. Jumping from job to job isn’t good form and makes you seem incompetent and noncommittal to future employers. You want to make sure the job you commit to is the right… Read more »

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Managing a team of many personalities and skill sets can be challenging. There are often disagreements, miscommunications and misunderstandings, and if you’re not careful, they can set you back, kill morale and crush productivity. But if you can get everyone on the same page, aiming toward those long-term goals, you’ll be in good shape. Here… Read more »

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Every business has to start somewhere, right? You’re looking to grow—hiring more employees and trying to snag more business. But it seems like those new customers will only trust larger, more established companies. So, how can you make your company seem like a bigger, more credible organization when you’re still a small business? Here are… Read more »