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When you’ve poured all your best resources into your hiring program, and your efforts have paid off thanks to luck, timing and hard work, you’ll have a brilliant team in place. Or at the very least, you’ll have a solid team in place with a few stand-out performers. Don’t let complacency undermine what you’ve built!… read the rest »

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In a simpler world, choosing one employee on your team and promoting that employee into an open position at a higher level would involve easy math. Who works the hardest? Who produces the most? Who’s been with the company the longest? Enter those numbers into your magic formula and voila: the “best” employee’s name becomes… read the rest »

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In order to succeed in your open position, the right candidate will need the technical training required by the daily tasks of the job. This may mean an eye for quality control, experience with relevant software or bilingual fluency. Qualifications in this category are usually cut and dry; either candidates have them, or they don’t…. read the rest »

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Experienced managers recognize the value of stepping back, trusting employees, and placing them in the driver’s seat when the opportunity arises. This move comes with risks, of course, but risks are an essential aspect of growth, and they’re an essential aspect of effective management. Hovering and micromanaging will send you in the wrong direction, since… read the rest »

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What are your employees up to? What are they doing right now, and what are they hoping to accomplish in the future? If you can choose a given employee and answer this question with ease, that’s a good sign you’re on the path to effective leadership. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure what… read the rest »

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A hiring mistake (generally considered a new employee who leaves the workplace within one calendar year), can come with a high price tag. It’s no surprise that if the hiring process is expensive, most managers would rather not pay that bill more than once within the same year. The cost involved in publishing a job… read the rest »

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Studies show that a strong, positive company culture can bring a cascade of benefits to the company’s bottom line, including reduced turnover, stronger referrals, greater productivity, and even fewer sick days. So how can you tell if your company culture is moving you down the path to success, or taking you in the wrong direction… read the rest »

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The winding path through the holiday season is marked with obstacles to productivity. Everywhere we turn, we find distractions, seasonal stressors, personal obligations, daydreams and travel plans that pull employees mentally away from their work tasks. The roads are treacherous (literally) which means teams often arrive late or leave early. As they move through the… read the rest »

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Most candidates feel a bit of excess nervous energy during job interviews, no matter their age or level of professional experience. Jittery nerves are by no means a sign of naivete or emotional weakness, and in fact, the more nervous a candidate feels during an interview, the more likely they are to truly want the… read the rest »

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In an earlier era, employers were conditioned to see their employees as human-like machines. The more these employees gave to the company and the less they required in return, the better. To the limits of what the law would allow, employers demanded as much as they could get away with and paid as little as… read the rest »