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The labor market is tighter now than it has been in years. Unemployment rates are low. Worker mobility has entered a new age. The gig economy has given job candidates more flexibility than they’ve ever had before. All these factors conspire to make retention extraordinarily difficult. There are two basic kinds of turnover problems. One… Read more »

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You’re the office newbie, scrambling to earn respect and still working on developing relationships. At this point, you just want to keep your head down and fit in. But, something goes wrong. You’ve made a mistake that’s likely to get you in trouble. What do you do? Of course, mistakes happen all the time. The… Read more »

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Think about when you propose your staffing services to clients. You probably use a pitch similar to this one: “Don’t try to do it on your own…it’s easier with a partner.” The same advice can hold for you as a company. If you try to take on the recruiting industry completely on your own, you… Read more »

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Injury risk alone should convince any company to uphold the highest safety standard. Beyond financial concerns or worries about violating regulations, any moral management team should do everything possible to protect the safety of its workforce. That said, the risks associated with a lackluster safety protocol go beyond personal injury. Even if an accident never… Read more »

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You come directly to work from your best friend’s marathon birthday party, and now you’re having a hard time concentrating on the TPS reports. You stay up late binging an entire season of The Office, and now your real-life office life has become a blurry haze. You’re slogging through the last day before a week-long… Read more »

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You’ve heard of the Boss Baby. But there’s something worse than having an infant tell you what to do: having your boss treat you like an infant. Any management book will warn supervisors against overseeing their teams too closely. Learn to delegate, they all advise. Share responsibility. Yet, micromanagement remains rampant in almost every company…. Read more »

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You’ve heard the old sales adage: ABC – Always Be Closing. There’s a similar one you can use for HR: ABR – Always Be Recruiting. You don’t want to rely on the potential recruits available when you have a position to fill. To build the best possible team, you should constantly look to bring in… Read more »

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Switching to the night shift can trigger a through-the-looking-glass-type experience. It’s not just a matter of changing your work schedule. Your life schedule gets completely altered. More than that, your relationship with the outside world shifts. You need to think about when things will be open. You need to worry about falling asleep at odd… Read more »

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Every day, there’s another complaint. Every communication is negative. Every decision provides an excuse to criticize. And it’s becoming a distraction. The grumbling and dissent take up valuable time, cutting into productivity. Meanwhile, the negative attitude brings down the general vibe of the office. A Debbie Downer employee can turn into the unfortunate focal point… Read more »

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Phone interviews have become an increasingly common addition to the job recruitment process. Hiring managers like them because they place a relatively inexpensive buffer between the blind crap shoot of the resume-vetting process and the time-consuming, schedule-dependent slog that can make up the in-person interview stage. Also, the phone interview allows companies to widen their… Read more »