How to Promote New Skill Development for Employees

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Developing the skills of your employees is an important retention strategy. It is vital to the success of your company that your people continue to grow and learn. It can reduce the temptation to look for new challenges at another company. Protect investment in your personnel by providing and encouraging ongoing training and development. Communicate… Read more »

How to Follow Up with Rejected Candidates

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It can be daunting to sift through anywhere from tens to thousands of resumes for any given open position. But managing your communication with applicants can help to improve your reputation among job seekers, possibly increasing the quality of candidates you attract. Develop a system of staying in touch with candidates throughout the entire hiring… Read more »

Exhibiting True Thankfulness in the Workplace

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A national survey conducted by the John Templeton Foundation of over 2,000 individuals found that the workplace is the least likely place where people will show gratitude. Additionally, over 70 percent of employees admit that they rarely express gratitude to their boss; however, those same employees would like their supervisors to show their gratitude to… Read more »

Quarter Four is Upon Us | Are you on Track to Reach Your 2014 Goals?

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Quarter four is upon us. The goals that were set back in January should be revisited now to avoid unfortunate end of year surprises. Be flexible. Some of the goals identified in January may not be such a priority now, whereas others may be more urgent. Now is the time to prioritize, determine what needs… Read more »

Building Brand Loyalty through Positive Customer Service

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Social media is a major driver in marketing success. The opinions of customers who have direct contact with your company matter. Anand Subramanian of Harvard Business Review writes that branding efforts often overlook the key component of customer service. A company may develop a brand idea that includes a logo, slogan, an advertising campaign, even… Read more »

3 Situations a Meeting Can’t Solve

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Business culture dictates that, when a problem occurs, a meeting is required to discuss the course of action. While a meeting can provide consensus, obtain input and knowledge from different perspectives, and is a vital part of effective communication, there are many cases where a meeting can hinder progress, add unnecessary bureaucratic functions, and waste… Read more »

Rethink Your Hiring: Candidate Try-outs

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When evaluating their hiring strategy, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, realized that a person’s effectiveness is best assessed through practical, on-the-job evaluation. Therefore, the company hosted “try-outs” for candidates where the person would be paid to work on a real project for a period of time – several weeks in many cases. This strategy proved… Read more »

Don’t Conduct Your Next Interview Before Reading This!

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Interviewing candidates requires preparation, knowledge of the job requirements, and careful question selection. However, for a hiring manager charged with conducting a last minute interview, a checklist of certain items can ensure a productive experience that achieves the main candidate assessment objectives. Lynda Bassett, a contributing writer for Monster, reminds the interviewer that candidates are… Read more »

3 Perks to Offer Your Employees to Keep Them Focused and Committed

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A study by Glassdoor revealed that only one in five employees considered perks such as a free lunch or casual dress as the most important benefit at work. Not surprisingly, 76 percent considered medical benefits or vacation and sick time more significant. However, employee perks can lift spirits and renew a sense of commitment. Some… Read more »

Are Your Employees Tired of Their Jobs?

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The summer especially is a time when motivation can wane in the workplace. A study by Captivate, a leading digital media company, showed a decrease in productivity of 20 percent at this time of year. Staff can be distracted, stress compounded, and absences more prevalent. With the right policies, however, the summer can be a… Read more »