What not to ask a Job Applicant at an Interview

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There are many regulations and laws in the United States designed to protect people from discrimination in employment.  Because the laws are so numerous, it may be confusing as to what questions are acceptable to ask during an interview.  When interviewing, it is important to keep in mind that questions should pertain only to the… Read more »

Breaking the Language Barrier

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Globalisation is a fact of life, with goods and services flowing around the world. Through technology, businesses are breaking down barriers to international trade. But there is one barrier that companies working internationally have yet to overcome – the language barrier. Training employees to communicate in more than one language has become a priority goal… Read more »

Another Take on Corporate Culture

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The importance of a vibrant corporate culture is unquestioned. It is commonly assumed that a strong corporate culture is beneficial to a company’s bottom line. In fact, studies have shown that companies with vigorous corporate cultures perform at least 20 percent better than similar ones without such cultures. But opinions vary as to what exactly… Read more »

How to Really Get Motivated

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There is no lack of advice out there on how to achieve success, whether it be getting the job you want, or getting ahead in your career. But, unfortunately, much of the most common advice is useless at best. It really does nothing to help you achieve your goals, according to research psychologist Heidi Grant… Read more »

Employee Assistance

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In the workplace today, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are nothing new. Traditionally, they have been used to help employees with counseling services for such things as substance abuse. But as the workplace changes, EAPs have changed also to meet the new and growing needs of workers. EAPs now provide a range of additional services. EAPs… Read more »

Job Titles and Hiring — What’s in a Name?

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Employers routinely complain about the lack of skilled people available for job openings companies have. But there is now some evidence to show that companies to some degree might be part of the cause of the talent shortage they bemoan. In a recent survey of more than 2,000 companies, half of the hiring managers said… Read more »

How Not to Brand

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To hire the best people they can, companies, like individuals, seek to develop a distinctive brand, one that will attract attention and talent. In developing a brand, you want to show what is unique and compelling about your organization. With the pervasiveness of social media, companies are using this platform create and disseminate their brand…. Read more »

Time for a New Career?

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Tired of the job you have now? Not getting any satisfaction or fulfillment from your work ? Thinking about making a change? Some people see a career change as just the thing they need to get them engaged and excited about their work.  You hear stories about people who have made the transition from one… Read more »

Bringing a new Employee Onboard

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Job orientation, what is referred to as onboarding, is an important process and should not be taken lightly. It could, in fact, play a significant role in the success of a new employee at a company. Bringing new people onboard should be done with care and planning. What you should avoid is a very long… Read more »

Stress — It’s Not What You Think

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Stress is something we all have to deal with, whether looking for a job or at work. We have to deal with deadlines, workload, coworkers and bosses. But recent research has revealed something interesting about the nature of stress. It turns out that the impact of stress, whether bad or good, may depend to a… Read more »