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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 »

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If you’re like most of us, you don’t look over your calendar and identify the time blocked out for “meetings” as the most productive hours of your day. Meetings often mean exchanging information the participants already have, confirming details they already know, wandering off topic, rehashing old business, starting new threads of ideas and conversation… read the rest »

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Employees who feel appreciated typically stay longer with the company and engage with their tasks instead of leaning out the door; that’s no surprise. And it’s no surprise that high engagement and long tenures boost the company bottom line. But appreciation brings a host of additional benefits as well, some more subtle than others. And… read the rest »

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You’ve worked hard to build—and retain—a diverse team. When you look around the table, you see faces, ages, genders, backgrounds and personality types that cover a wide spectrum. You’re proud of each member and their diverse contributions to group goals. But as with any diverse group of people, their interests and motivations vary. For this… read the rest »

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Can healthy, happy employees translate directly into benefits for a company’s bottom line? It turns out they can, and not only is the correlation clear, it’s getting clearer all the time as new research sheds light on the subject. “Well” employees can mean a host of different things: Wellness means fewer colds and flus, so… read the rest »

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When we meet someone, we tend to form strong feelings about their “likability,” or lack thereof, based on very little evidence. Sometimes these snap judgements happen within seconds, and sometimes we don’t even notice we’re feeling them, especially when the stakes are low, and we don’t expect to see the person again. In a job… read the rest »

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Emotional intelligence (or EQ), entered the workplace about a decade ago as a new metric that could be applied to candidates to gain a more accurate picture of their potential success on the job. During its early years, the term became synonymous with a general sense of social adaptability, cooperative inclinations, and communication skills. Emotionally… read the rest »

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Some interview mistakes are easy to avoid. If you truly want the job and you respect your interviewer, you’ll know better than to show up ten minutes late without an explanation. You’ll also dress professionally, and you’ll be polite and mind your manners. Even novice job seekers have an instinctive feel for the egregious behaviors… read the rest »

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If you’re like most managers and small business owners, you can look ahead into the next three months or so and recognize most of the staffing challenges that are likely headed your way. You know who may be leaving for work elsewhere, you know who may be going out on extended leave or coming back,… read the rest »