Listening to Your Employees

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According to a recent survey, many companies are not doing enough to get feedback from their employees, and so are depriving themselves of significant insights about their business, workplace morale and productivity. Almost half of the companies responding to the survey indicated that they did no routine surveying of their employees for their input. But,… Read more »

Sizing Someone Up

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One of the activities we are constantly involved in is sizing up people. Whether at work or outside of work, whenever we meet someone, we are judging them, trying to take their measure. It is not an easy task, since people are complex, and there are often many different signals we get from them. When… Read more »

Recruiting with Social Media

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Social media has become part of the culture at many companies. It is an effective way to market the company, to build name recognition. Companies are already using social media to recruit as well. If your company does not, it is something it should consider because there are many advantages. With the rise of social… Read more »

On Camera

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With the job market being so competitive, those looking for work are doing whatever they can to help themselves stand out in a crowd, and many are using the advantages technology can provide.  More job hunters are using social media, blogs and video resumes. So, if you are an employer, how do you handle such… Read more »

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 »

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 »