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When you have a huge project with an upcoming deadline or an unrealistic number of items on your to-do list, the pressure is on. Everyone experiences stress sometimes, so it’s important to recognize the signs and know how to cope. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. People are impacted in unusual ways, but common side… Read more »

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What traits should you look for as you interview candidates for light industrial positions? The cost of a poor hire can be devastating, so you want to find the best combination of general and industry-specific qualities that define optimal performance and success. Keep these three areas at the top of your list: Math and Reasoning… Read more »

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Starting a new job is equal parts exciting and terrifying. You can’t wait to dive into the work, but first you must get situated and learn the ropes. The first day is always a bit awkward, so give yourself a pass if you get a little tongue-tied or make a few mistakes. In no time… Read more »

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“The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” These are the words of scholar Ralph Nichols, knows as the “Father of Listening” and author or co-author of more than 30 publications, including the book Are You Listening? As… Read more »

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Running a company is hard work. There are never enough hours in the day, so something has to give. Right now, you’re trying to decide whether to concentrate your efforts on retention or hiring, which are both equally important. Instead of letting one go by the wayside, divide and conquer. Dedicate your time to retention… Read more »

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Money matters – but it can’t beat advancement and fulfillment when it comes to employees’ performance, motivation, engagement and long-term loyalty to their organization. Experts agree that people perform at their best when their work environment is conducive to growth. Just ask the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Their research has concluded that proper… Read more »

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Hiring a new team member is costly and disruptive, so you want to choose someone who’s going to stick around for awhile. A study conducted by the Center for American Progress determined the cost of turnover is roughly 20 percent of the annual salary of employees earning $75,000 or less per year — which could… Read more »

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A successful interviewer recognizes that personality type plays a major role in the hiring process. While interviewing is not easy for anyone, it can be especially daunting for those who are shy or introverted. Remember, it takes all personality types to make a successful team. This includes the most soft-spoken candidates.  Work with shy candidates… Read more »

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Finding a great job is hard work, but this becomes even more challenging when you have a few skeletons in your closet. If your track record involves getting fired, periods of unemployment or notable job hopping, you probably wish you could erase parts of your job history. Since that isn’t an option, you’re going to… Read more »

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Engaged, satisfied employees work better, meet or exceed production goals, keep your workplace safer and set higher quality standards than those who are there only for a paycheck. When your team members are more loyal, your workplace thrives. So, how do you build – and maintain – an optimal level of employee loyalty? Build a… Read more »