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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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 »

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It comes up in some shape or form during every single job interview. “Tell us about yourself.” It’s so vague! And it really puts you on the spot. As regimented and formulaic as job searches are—the formatting of your cover letter, the length of your resume, the number of references you need to have, what… Read more »

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When you imagine a leader, you probably picture the statue of a great president, a military general or some CEO in a power suit. They speak and everyone stops what they’re doing to listen. What they say goes, no questions asked. They were born that way, branded a great leader at birth, and an inkling… Read more »

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It’s near the end of the year, and you’ve come in for a typical Thursday at work. But halfway through the morning, one of your managers has a meltdown and yells at his team for a minor mistake, then begins madly drinking Maalox right out of the bottle. When you pull him aside to ask… Read more »

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You come into work every day, slog through your day, and leave as soon as possible at the end of the day. Lunchtime is a welcome break from the job, as are overly extended bathroom breaks. If any of this sounds familiar, coupled with half-hearted searches on LinkedIn or other sites for “new opportunities”, you… Read more »

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It happens at this time of year: As the holidays approach and flu season sets in, employees start to look a little less rested, call in sick, don’t have their usual motivation because their bodies are being pushed too hard by illness and stress. As an employer, you want those who work for you to… Read more »