How Company Volunteer Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

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Today, many companies have programs where their employees do volunteer work while still on the company clock. It is a relatively inexpensive way for businesses to enhance the work environment for employees and to improve employee morale. It can improve the company bottom line in several ways: 1. Attracting talented people. A recent survey found… Read more »

Important Employee Performance Tasks

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When it’s time to manage your employees’ performance, don’t forget to do the following: Make sure the workers’ goals mesh with your company’s or department’s goals. Do so by creating SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals and align them with those of your department or company. Doing so means you will help your… Read more »

Why Follow-Up Questions are Important

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When we meet someone in various business situations, we intuitively size them up – can we work with them, can we trust them? One way we do this is by asking questions. Job interviews are the most salient example of this. Hiring managers attempt to get a feel for job applicants through the various questions… Read more »

How to Use Company Images on Social Media

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Everybody is familiar with the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words. And there is a large degree of truth to the statement. An image can indeed convey instantly what a written essay might take many words to get across. The importance of images is apparent in the world of social media,… Read more »

To Hire or Not to Hire an Entrepreneur

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You are looking to fill an open position. Among your many job applicants are a few people who have been entrepreneurs, people who have started their own company or companies. So the question that arises is whether you should hire an entrepreneur or not. As with anything, there are reasons in favor of hiring an… Read more »

“Problem” Candidate or Diamond in the Rough?

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Is a person who has been out of work for six months or longer damaged goods? What about someone who is “overqualified” for your open position? Should you never hire someone with a criminal record? Sometimes, candidates who have some sort of black mark on their job history aren’t as problematic as they may appear… Read more »

International Business and Language

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With advances in technology, now more than ever we have a truly global economy, with many more companies doing business internationally. Technology has helped to break down a lot of barriers regarding communication and transportation. But there is still one big thing that companies doing business internationally need to address, and that is language. In… Read more »

4-Plus Tips for Interviewing for Cultural Fit

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If you were to look in your hiring and firing logs (as well as your log for those employees who left on their own accord), you’d probably find that a good majority of workers left your company within just 12 months of being hired. What’s more, many of those who left – whether by your… Read more »

Personality Types and the Tests that Measure Them

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Surveys have shown that about 20 percent of all companies use personality tests for job applicants, and the number of companies doing this is increasing at roughly 10 to 15 percent each year. Used in the right way, these tests can be a big help in finding the right person. The problem is that many… Read more »

Do Your Hiring Managers Measure Up?

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To improve your company’s hiring process, you might want to take a more active role in assessing the performance of hiring managers. In order to do this, however, you first have to come up with criteria in order to measure performance. These metrics need to be simple to use and effective. One of the most… Read more »