Reference Checks: Just a Formality?

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Savvy applicants always choose and list their references carefully, but in end, many hiring mangers ultimately ignore these references and make their final decisions based on other criteria. Reference check omissions are especially common among short term or lower level positions, and they happen for a host of reasons. Among these reasons, they’re time-consuming and… Read more »

Bringing Out the Hacker in Your Employees

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The term “technical employee” typically refers to any employee who spends her days focused on micro-level problem solving rather than business decision making, and includes most employees engaged in design, research and development, software creation, or product inception. A chef in a restaurant is a technical employee, and so are most craftspeople and artisans. Technical… Read more »

The Secret Fears of Every Hiring Manager and How Job Seekers Can Approach These Fears

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When you walk into a job interview, chances are you’re at least a little bit nervous. This is natural. If you’re interested in the job, the stakes are high and you want to come off well. You want to communicate your qualifications clearly, and you want to seem honest and confident. But you may not… Read more »

FMLA: What Does it Cover and When Does it Start?

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The FMLA, or Family Medical Leave Act, is a set of laws administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, specifically the Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division. As a central part of its provisions, the FMLA requires employers to provide covered, eligible employees with up to twelve weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave each year… Read more »

Haven’t Hired In A While? How to Bring a New Employee on Board

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As we’ve said time and again on this blog (because it’s true!), your most valuable form of capital is your human capital. This rule prevails regardless of your industry sector or the size of your business. Even if you’re a company made up of one person, take a moment to reflect. How useful would your… Read more »

Eliminate Low Morale At the Source!

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The low morale around your office is becoming harder and harder to ignore. At first, you overheard a few unhappy gripe sessions around the water cooler, but you could dismiss this as the grumbling of one or two chronic complainers. Then two bad apples became five. Then one of your best employees gave notice. Was… Read more »

Eliminate Low Morale At the Source!

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The low morale around your office is becoming harder and harder to ignore. At first, you overheard a few unhappy gripe sessions around the water cooler, but you could dismiss this as the grumbling of one or two chronic complainers. Then two bad apples became five. Then one of your best employees gave notice. Was… Read more »

Defeating Repetitive Strain Injuries Before they Take Place

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If you manage HR issues in a physically demanding workplace, you probably have first-hand experience with the financial, medical, and emotional cost of workplace injuries. But even in the comparatively safe environment of an air-conditioned office, workplace injuries happen every day and incur enormous annual nationwide costs for companies across every industry. These costs affect… Read more »

Don’t Let Perfectionism Undermine Your Hiring Process!

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You have an important position to staff, you need to do it soon, and you need to do it well. You also need to complete the hiring process in a cost effective way that doesn’t break your budget. You might get lucky; a brilliant, personable, affordable candidate might stroll in the door at any minute… Read more »

Job Jugglers: Turn Your Multiple Jobs into a Satisfying Career

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As the economy struggles to recover, technology evolves at an unprecedented pace, and old fashioned job security gives way to a streamlined modern workforce, employees are becoming increasingly independent and self-sustaining. Welcome to the 21st century and the rise of the Gig Economy. In this new age, many of us are doing what we have… Read more »