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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No matter how great your company is, you’re bound to get a negative review here and there. It might be an angry or emotional employee who left an unfair review. And that’s a problem because almost 61% of job seekers say they check websites like Glassdoor before making a decision about a company. So it’s… Read more »

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In a competitive job market, hiring managers are looking for any reason to weed through all the applications and toss out the less appealing ones. They’re looking for typos, grammar mistakes, resume inaccuracies, and more than ever, they’re checking social media. All it takes is a quick search on social media and even with the… Read more »

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High employee turnover can have a devastating impact on your company’s bottom line, not to mention on your team’s morale. It’s estimated that the average cost of a departed employee is 38% of their annual salary. When someone leaves, you’re looking at lost knowledge, training costs, interviewing expenses, and recruitment costs that all add up… Read more »

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Recruiting and hiring are huge expenses for most companies every year. Even with the use of social media, advertising a job opening in the right places can be costly. Then there are the expenses of training and onboarding new hires—they can’t be expected to do what you want if you haven’t trained them. Even the… Read more »

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Salary negotiations can be really stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to try for a big salary leap, but without offending your bosses. You don’t want to walk away feeling like you got cheated out of what you deserve, especially if you’ve really worked hard this year and you have mounting expenses at home. Here’s… Read more »

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Employee productivity is important. When things are going well and your team is churning out a quality product, you probably don’t even think about it a lot. But when there’s a bump in the road and nothing’s going as it should be, it’s time to hit that productivity button. Here’s how you can make sure… Read more »

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Teamwork is a buzzword that will probably never die. You can facilitate teamwork retreats for your staff, post inspiring quotes and posters around the office, and structure your projects and accountability to encourage it. There are countless books and podcasts about it, and it’s even taught to small children early and often. Here’s why teamwork… Read more »

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So you want a job and you want one fast. Which makes sense—it’s no fun to be without an income for too long and no one wants to have an employment gap on their resume. Or maybe you just can’t take your current job anymore. You need to leave and you need to leave as… Read more »

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Thanks to improving technology, more and more companies are opening up remote work opportunities—which is great as long as you’re prepared to handle it. It’s a great perk to show off to prospective employees, but it does operate by an entirely different set of rules than the traditional office. Here’s how you can prepare your… Read more »

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Hiring is a stressful business. And hiring the wrong person can be pretty costly. Even when you simply consider the financial costs of a bad hire, it can be a pretty devastating mistake. Some recruiters estimate the cost of onboarding a new employee at several hundred thousand dollars while the Department of Labor claims it’s… Read more »