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Employees Pay the Price for Black Friday Shopping

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November 28, 2013
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Do you remember when businesses used to be closed on holidays? Yes, it's still possible to see CLOSED signs hanging in the paper-pilgrim-covered windows of the small shops on main street, but they are definitely the outliers in the grand scheme of retail. With more big retailers opening on thanksgiving this year than ...Continue Reading

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Could Employee Commitment be a Concern?

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November 26, 2013
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What would make you worried about the commitment level of your employees? Would it be something small like nobody showing up to the Christmas party or something a bit larger like everyone starting to take 4 hour lunch breaks and refusing to stop? One such company faces this dilemma. One thing worrying the executives ...Continue Reading

Noisy Co-Workers are the #1 Drain on Productivity

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November 25, 2013
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Productivity is an odd bird. Some people think that we are most productive when literally strapped to our desks, while others believe that frequent naps in the company's quiet room are essential for higher work output. Should we be taking micro-breaks every 10 minutes or opt for the classic, luxurious lunch break? ...Continue Reading

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One Resume to Rule Them All? Not Quite...

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November 24, 2013
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          There are a lot of "rules" out there for the way you should write your resume, but what do you do if even recruiting experts can't agree on what should be included in the document? You obviously can't listen to everyone's opinion on the subject, because there's too much direct contradiction, nor can you just ...Continue Reading

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What Makes Science Harder for Women (It's not the Science Part)

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November 21, 2013
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If you were ever an undergrad in physics, computer science, biology or mathematics; you may have noticed a highly unbalanced girl to boy ratio in some your classes. If you were a guy in a major with only a handful of girls, you might have been thinking "Darn, now I have to take a poetry class to meet some ladies." If ...Continue Reading

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How to Earn Your Team's Respect

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November 20, 2013
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Leadership is a tricky beast to tackle. In order to truly take command of your team, you need a full buy-in from them. That means having their respect. Now this is different from the general sort of respect that you show people at work (refraining from taking the last banana, for instance). The sort of respect that a ...Continue Reading

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Why Treat Job Seekers Like Customers?

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November 19, 2013
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We've talked a lot on this blog about the importance of treating job seekers with the respect that they deserve and the importance of always, always letting candidates know when they are no longer in the running for a job. It seems that this point of view is starting to get some traction. If your company doesn't have ...Continue Reading

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Hire People That Can Work Together

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November 18, 2013
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Hiring for skill as your to qualification will get you a lot of effective employees, but will they be able to work together? Everyone looks their best on interview day (when you ask them to describe themselves, nobody tell you that "emotional minefield" is their best fit descriptor). They may turn out to be unstable, ...Continue Reading

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How Important is Vacation?

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November 18, 2013
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We all need time to decompress. Whether that's cramming in a bag kettle chips and watching cartoons or a 40 mile bike ride on your afternoon off, maintaining some balance between work and the rest of your life is important. But how much is too much? At a certain point, too much emphasis on the "life" part of the ...Continue Reading

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Closing the Doors on the Open Office?

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November 14, 2013
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Show of hands, how many of you work in an open office? How many of you folks have had your attention diverted by someone esle's conversation right next to you within the last half hour? Alright, you can put your hands down now. So, how many of you how many of you would have actually raised your hands if there was a ...Continue Reading

How to Search for Jobs While You're Already Employed

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November 13, 2013
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It's the paradox of our times: that nothing looks better to a prospective employer than that you are already happily and productively employed. While this makes things difficult for the unemployed, it makes things a lot easier for the restless or disgruntled workers out there. That being said, there are a lot of ways ...Continue Reading

How to Vett Your Friends for Employee Referrals

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November 10, 2013
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Employee referral programs are effective because they bring in candidates that already have a connection to your company, making them more likely to form a bond and be a valuable, long-term employee. Unfortunately, this characteristic is somewhat of a double edged sword. If your company is hiring and your friend ...Continue Reading

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Purpose of Google Barges Revealed

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November 07, 2013
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For those of you who have been as curious as I have about the purpose of Google's mysterious shipping container barges, the curtain has finally been lifted. For those of you who haven't heard of theses blocky, corporate seafaring vessels, they are docked in San Francisco and Portland, Maine. Until yesterday, the ...Continue Reading

Connecting Family, Business and Everything In-between With Social Media

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November 06, 2013
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You might not think your grandma is technologically savvy, but maybe that's just because she hasn't had the chance to spread her digital wings and fly into your personal cyber-space. Take the story of Natalie Yellin, a grandmother from Detroit that is also a trusted adviser to the executives at Square Inc, the a ...Continue Reading

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The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

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November 05, 2013
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For all of you guys and gals out there that thought that you were an indispensable asset to your company or that you bring a special sort of something to the work you produce, the "Robotic Revolution" might have you worried. This could be you: clearing out your desk and mustering your coldest stare for the "IT Guy ...Continue Reading

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Expectation Adjustment: Avoiding "Settle for Less" Hiring

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November 05, 2013
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The goal for your company's hiring function should be to get the best quality of candidates interested in working for you. This seems like it could go without saying, but, often times, the people doing the hiring are using the same techniques to find entry level employees as they are to seek out more senior ...Continue Reading

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Saving Employees Time to Improve Employee Engagement

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November 03, 2013
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There are few things more frustrating than having your time wasted. We all have things to get done throughout the day and waiting behind the bumbling and spacey is like fingernails on the mental chalkboard. When it's the procedural cacophony of daily operations under poorly implemented and constantly changing ...Continue Reading

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What's in Store for Businesses in 2014

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November 01, 2013
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The new year is rapidly approaching and, as we wind down 2013 with the holiday season, it bares thinking about what is in store for us next year. Will the government avoid another shut down? Will celebrity twerking fade into the annals of history or will it become an established art form/Olympic sport? Will I ever ...Continue Reading

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