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You know you aren’t supposed to micromanage, but you can’t help yourself. You see little things you can improve, and you feel compelled to step in. However, you’re only hurting yourself. It may seem like you’re pushing everyone else closer to perfection, but you’re really pushing them further away. You’re undermining team spirit and wasting… Read more »

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Finding a job is a nerve-wracking experience across the board. But nothing gets the hands shaking or the stomach churning like an interview. Unless you’re a trial lawyer, a top-flight athlete or a professional performer, very few experiences in life place so much meaning on how you deliver in a live setting. That might be… Read more »

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You’ve worked hard – toiled long hours, spent copious amounts on promotion and advertising, painstakingly cultivated just the right kind of clientele – to build your staffing firm. You’ve created a strong brand and it’s getting good results. Almost too good. You’ve done such an excellent job developing your brand that you’re getting work orders… Read more »

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You can’t be on the work floor 24 hours a day, and it may feel like that’s what you’re trying to do sometimes. But if you are running two or three shifts, there are large parts of the operation process that take place outside of your direct influence. That’s why you need procedures in place… Read more »

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The one part of the job application that seems like someone else’s job. Unfortunately, job references don’t really work like that. If you want to ensure you get a dynamite recommendation – ideally, your reference while start to tear up a bit when describing you – you need to set the groundwork. You first must… Read more »

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When did job searching become a trip to the DMV? All the innovative technology, all the integrated processes, all the websites and apps – things that were supposed to turn the system into an optimized job-placement machine – and we just end up filling out seemingly endless forms, answering the same 20 questions over and… Read more »

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The staffing industry is a complicated and diverse business. Working in a large metropolitan market, like the Houston area, it’s difficult to keep up with an evolving job market, driven by changing worker expectations and developing technology. It’s also challenging to have a fluid business environment, marked by shifting demands from clients about skill and… Read more »

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No doubt safety represents a big investment at your company. You likely spend large amounts of time and resources preventing accidents. But not all work-related injuries come from sudden mechanical failures or dangerous employee mishaps. Some are the result of the normal course of business: workers doing the same tasks over and over again, eventually… Read more »

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The job of a manager is getting the most out of as little as possible. Stretching resources and improving efficiency lead to higher profitability and an improved ability to grow over time. But these abilities aren’t strictly in the manager’s control. Employees play a big role. A worker who can provide flexibility goes a long… Read more »

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The scariest thing about unemployment? You might think it’s the prospect of staying out of work for a long time (we’ve all heard the horror stories). But nothing will make you lose sleep more than getting a job offer you don’t really want. Think about it. You’ve spent months tirelessly sending out resumes, wearing out… Read more »