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Establish a reputation as a leader in your industry and the applicants will come. Fortune 100 leaders such as Google and Boston Consulting Group are proof of that. Although company culture may not be the only reason these companies are considered the best to work for, it is a major contributor. Effective hiring implies hiring… Read more »

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Organizing teams to achieve a goal can be more effective if done in a systematic way. There is no guarantee that a group of individuals can work well together, or that a team has all the skills it requires to complete a task. Use these guidelines to create teams in a more strategic way and… Read more »

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Your management style should support your employees, remove obstacles that create additional hassle, and stimulate creativity in workers. Micromanaging is probably the worst thing a manager can do. Creativity requires room for mistakes and the freedom to try many alternative approaches. Allen writes that companies such as Google, 3M, and Apple provide employees a measure… Read more »

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The job market is improving and, in the future, employers may find it harder to retain talented employees tempted by seemingly greener pastures. A new survey by Harris Interactive and Glassdoor reveals optimism among American workers concerning their earning power in 2015. This could be bad news for employers. According to the study, almost 50… Read more »

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The New Year offers an opportunity to set new goals and to make changes in existing strategies and processes. After the brief holiday respite, staff may be open to new ideas. Joshua Coburn of The Business Journals recommends considering the wellbeing of your staff when improving team performance. Staff morale and trust in leadership is… Read more »

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The economy is emerging from the depths of recession; however, the availability of jobs depends on many other factors. Thomas Frey’s recent TED presentation at the TEDxReset Conference in Istanbul Turkey provided some comforting news along with the prediction that two billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Frey provides a commentary on the changes in… Read more »

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One of the most costly mistakes companies can make, and one of the easiest to avoid, is poor hiring practices. Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite, quoted US Department of Labor estimates, saying the cost of a bad hire can amount to 30 percent of the employee’s first year’s earnings. Business Insider interviewed Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh… Read more »

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What may appear as gaps on your resume, if presented wisely, could be an opportunity to show your versatility to an employer. If you have been out of work, or had periods where you took on alternative projects, consider a functional resume that will highlight your skills rather than your chronological employer history. For some… Read more »

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Many businesses consider the use of an employment or staffing agency to be an additional and unnecessary human resource expense. However, the economic benefits are often underestimated and include reduced financial risk, better quality hires, and flexible hiring practices that can accommodate peak seasons. The Recruitment Processing Outsourcing Association states that outsourcing recruitment to experts… Read more »

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It seems counter-intuitive, but offering big rewards for creative endeavors to your employees can have a negative effect on firm innovation. Research by Oliver Baumann and Nils Steiglits of the Harvard Business Review found that sizable rewards might produce a torrent of ideas; however, a company may be unable to implement the majority of those… Read more »