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Should you check references? Some hiring managers are reluctant to get involved with checking references because of the legal implications associated with it. And it’s certainly true that some employers are reluctant to give out much information about former employees because of legal considerations. But this should not deter anyone from checking references because there… Read more »

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Few people are eager to attend meetings at work. Many simply see them as time sinks that they need to get through so that they can get to the more important work they need to do. But, if handled properly, meetings can help teams to perform better and actually increase productivity. Here are some ways… Read more »

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If you are a manager, you want your team to be as productive as possible. Here are a few things you can do to enhance your team’s performance when tackling a project. 1. Set your goals The first step in improving productivity is to figure out exactly what you want to accomplish, and to do… Read more »

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If your company is struggling to find the people you need, there is one source of talent often overlooked where you may find qualified people — boomerang employees. These are people who worked at a company, left the company and worked for another employer, and then at some point returned to their original company. How… Read more »

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Coaching is a way of teaching and learning that is being used much more often in the workplace today. The reason for this is the unique benefits that coaching can offer– it helps to improve the learning process because people can help direct their own learning through questioning, listening, and taking on challenges in a… Read more »

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Being able to delegate assignments is an important skill that managers should have. Some managers may be reluctant to delegate, thinking that it may hinder productivity. But not delegating may reduce productivity even more because the manager will then have too much on his plate to handle effectively, and important work may end up falling… Read more »

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If you’re like many people, you’ve been working at home for quite some time. You may be enjoying the time away from the office or looking forward to returning to the workplace. Whatever the case, you may find that you’re getting into a well-worn routine. It may be getting a little tiresome, and you’re ready… Read more »

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If you are a leader, an important part of your job is motivating people, getting them to reach their potential and perform at their best. The problem is that many managers are not aware of how motivation works and how best to instill it in their workers. Here are a few ways that managers may,… Read more »

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Onboarding is an important piece of the hiring process. If done well, it enables new employees to hit the ground running, to be successful in their jobs and to make significant contributions. However, if it is flawed, new employees may be set adrift, feeling isolated and uncertain — a recipe for high turnover. To make… Read more »

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Networking is a great way to find a job. In fact, according to some research, most job candidates find new jobs through networking. But in order to get the most out of it, you have to avoid certain pitfalls. There is a right way and a wrong way to network. Here are a few of… Read more »