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Business today is regularly conducted through smartphones, as a necessary tool for workers to communicate and access information. The topic is timely, as this year the iPhone is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Both personally and professionally, you probably wonder what you did without it. But, do the distractions of technology threaten safety and well-being in… Read more »

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As an employer, the qualities you want in a new hire likely include job-related and technical skills, emotional intelligence and the right education and experience. And these are key requirements, of course. But one of the traits you truly need in each of your staff members is likability. In short, you need people who communicate… Read more »

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Research supports a premise that really shouldn’t surprise anyone: Happier employees are more productive employees. A recent example is a study done by the Social Marketing Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in a Global Economy. It showed that productivity increased by an average of 12 percent, and as much as… Read more »

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When your company has a need for additional support due to changes in production, seasonal work or staff shortages, hiring temporary employees can be the ideal solution. They will provide you with the flexibility, skills and convenience you need to make seamless transitions without interfering with your business progress. The Benefits of Temporary Employees Evaluate… Read more »

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It’s exciting to narrow a huge stack of job applications down to a few promising candidates. Going into the interview phase, you probably have your eye on a few top contenders, but don’t let their flashy resumes cloud your judgment. In the moment, certain things might not seem like a big deal, but they hold… Read more »

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Leadership potential is the baseline from which everyone should be judged – including every candidate you assess as a potential new hire. Leadership influences the culture of your organization and determines the ultimate success or failure of your business. Pillars of Leadership Dave R. Palmer is the author of a book entitled George Washington and… Read more »

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How much does your company reputation matter in recruiting? The leading candidates you want to woo are also in high demand by your competition. And everything they’ve ever heard, read or witnessed about your organization will influence their decision whether to pursue an opportunity there. Long before they ever meet you, if they’re smart (and… 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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“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 »