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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 »

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Call it one of those good problems. Like a dinner menu with too many delicious options or receiving more party invitations than you can possibly accept. Except, in this case, your staffing company has been inundated with job orders. As a business, it means something is working. Your marketing has gained traction and your brand… Read more »

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Santa’s got his “nice” list and his “naughty” list. OSHA has a “naughty” list as well (they’re not as big on the “nice” part, but those are government regulators for you). Santa’s bad list might mean coal in your stocking. OSHA’s might mean some bigger consequences: a fine and a potentially expensive disruption in your… Read more »

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Money operates as an obvious selling point when bringing in new employees. This makes sense. Candidates are looking for a good financial situation. Meanwhile, compensation provides an easily comparable statistic candidates can use to consider competing opportunities. But culture can supply an equally enticing draw. While not as easily communicated as a salary level, a… Read more »

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There are many reasons for taking some time out of the workforce: maternity leave; becoming a stay-at-home parent; taking care of a sick relative; going back to school … even living off that lottery win as long as you can. There are also a lot of good reasons to go back. A paycheck for one…. Read more »