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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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 »

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It’s a job hunter’s nightmare: You have your resume all set to go, your cover letter prepped and proofed … and you can’t get a hold of your potential references. What steps can you take next? Make sure you’ve done your due diligence. If all you’ve done is email, you may want to call and… Read more »

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You’ve hired someone who had a great interview, seemed to fit as the right person for the job … but two months in, they’re missing deadlines and the quality of their work just isn’t good enough. How could you have figured this out before you spent time, energy and money attempting to train them? And… Read more »

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You went through the hiring process, you found the top candidate, took the time to hire and onboard the person. They seemed like a great fit…and then left for another position within a year. While you want the best person for the job, you also want someone you can count on to stick around rather… Read more »

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It’s time to find a job — perhaps your position for the next six months, the next six years or maybe even longer. No matter what, you must get the job first, and one major part of that is still the résumé. Remember, this document helps answer the questions, “Why should we hire you? What… Read more »

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Think about the last time you had to hire someone. It probably involved putting together a job description, having HR and other high-level people take the time to go through applications, narrow the hundreds down to the few, set up interviews, have interviews, make notes and discuss the interviews. All of this, while seemingly necessary,… Read more »

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You’ve been working on that big project for weeks and the deadline is fast approaching. You want to stay on top of everything, but you feel like the Cat in the Hat, balancing everything while standing on a ball with one foot. How do you manage to get everything done, get enough sleep and fend… Read more »

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You’ve been trying to find a job forever, and in California, it’s certainly not easy. You’ve put your resume out on every job site, tried all your contacts, and only got a few nibbles. Maybe it’s time for a new strategy, one that doesn’t involve you doing all this work by yourself. Find a recruiter…. Read more »

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You’ve got some great employees who have the skills to do well. Yet when you look at the actual work produced, you see some stagnation in what they have produced versus what they could produce. Rather than treating them like wayward kids who won’t do their homework, what strategies can you use to get them… Read more »