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What do Blockbuster, Myspace and Sharper Image have in common? At one time, all three were at the forefront of their industries. The Sharper Image built its brand recognition on offering luxury products and futuristic tech that wasn’t readily available anywhere else, Myspace was the definitive social media hangout for an entire generation, and Blockbuster… Read more »

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Developing a balanced staffing plan isn’t easy. No matter what industry you work in, predicting your company’s staffing needs is an art – one in which it’s easy to fail. Managers who don’t master this art constantly find themselves either overwhelmed or overstaffed (and wasting valuable resources and budget). No business manager has ever overcome… Read more »

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Interviews are often the decisive step in the hiring process. Even so, despite the effort, time and resources expended during the hiring process, a shocking amount of new hires don’t work out. In fact, studies show that nearly half of all new hires wash out within 18 months. Is the interview process to blame? Yes… Read more »

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Recruiting new employees is not a job to take lightly. You’re not searching for the middle ground, someone who barely meets your needs. The ideal candidate not only meets your current expectations, they can help your business grow and succeed in the future. Don’t let them slip through your fingers! Here are some clues to… Read more »

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No one wakes up in the morning thinking, “I hope I argue with a coworker today.” Almost everyone considers a hostile working environment to be a downside, which is why we prefer to work with people whose attitudes and viewpoints are similar to ours. In an effort to construct this ideal workplace, it’s become trendy… Read more »

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What does it take to make an employee grow and develop professionally? Before you became a supervisor, you could focus on your own personal growth; having reached a leadership position, it is your responsibility to guide your employees to reach their full potential. You can’t expect any worker to progress naturally – it will take… Read more »

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The generational gap has always presented problems to hiring managers. Since each generation is broadly identified by significant cultural ideals and milestones, what was appealing to one generation could be meaningless to the next. As of 2015, Millennials surpassed Generation X as the largest group in the American workforce. If you are a business manager… Read more »

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Having talented, highly-qualified staff at every level of your organization is the key to your business’ success. However, how can you make sure that the best workers will be drawn to your business? When presented with multiple options, what would make job seekers single you out as their employer of choice? Whether they are self-represented… Read more »

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Any manager who is serious about safety needs to be aware of fall hazards. To better educate workers about the danger of slips, trips, and falls, OSHA has developed a fall prevention campaign built around 3 steps: plan, provide, and train. We’ve already considered steps one and two. We’ve learned how to plan ahead and… Read more »

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A healthy workplace is a productive workplace. The link between feeling good and working hard seems obvious, but its implications are far-reaching and profound. As an example, an obese worker costs their employer over $4,000 more, as a yearly average, than a lower-weight employee would just on insurance and medical expenses. Speaking more generally, healthy… Read more »