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Do you have what it takes to be a good manager?

You have been promoted and now have become a manager. Congratulations!  However, do you really have the skills to be a manager or do you think the only difference with the new position will be regarding work output? People may be very successful doing their jobs but that does not necessarily mean they will be good managers. It is very different entering into the world of management. You are now in a position of leadership and that comes with a lot of different responsibilities. You are responsible not only with work output but also managing people. A manager has to Read More

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Smart Phones: Workplace Heaven or Hell?

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, more than half of iPhone owners said they couldn’t imagine living without the device. And, whether we admit it or not, many of us keep our phones within easy reach at work. In addition to phone and data, we use them for tasks like reminders, alarms, calculators, or planning our route to happy hour. So, it’s all good, right? Some new evidence has surfaced to suggest our devices are actually stealing our intellect, negatively impacting our work productivity and damaging our bodies while we are staying connected. Several recent studies tracked brain focus and Read More

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Employee Responsibilities

Everybody complains about the lack of responsibility that “other people” seem to lack but are you one of the culprits? Maybe your lack of responsibility is impeding your career growth or maybe giving you a less than good image at work. You may have good skills and may do a good job. However, how you handle yourself is just as important as the work you produce. Doing a great job and handling yourself well go hand-in-hand. You really cannot have one without the other. Your supervisor and co-workers need to know you are a team player and are reliable. When Read More

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The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

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Working for a Small vs. Large Company

The overall goal is the same: continue building a successful business. But, how you work to achieve those goals may be different. Which working environment fits your work style? Some people prefer working for a larger company because there are just more people. They may enjoy being a part of a larger group, may want to attend more functions, may be it is important to make friends, etc. It can give them a sense of community. Because a larger company has a bigger payroll, there are also specific jobs people may handle for you. You may have individuals fielding phone Read More

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Cliques and the Workplace

We all have the freedom to choose our friends. It is natural for people to get along with some and not really “click” with others. We all interact with individuals/groups and make connections, which is a normal part of life. We share close bonds with some and others we call acquaintances because relationships/intimacy levels are different. Because we will always have closer relationships with some and not with others, how do we handle these “friendships/groups/cliques” in the workplace? The workplace is a completely different environment altogether. How should you handle the fine line of belonging to a group while maintaining Read More

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You May Want to Consider Short-Term Assignments

Obviously, most people want a full-time permanent position with benefits. But as a lot of people have experienced, it is not always easy securing full-time employment and it may take much longer than expected. The process of searching for a job, sending resumes, waiting and interviewing can become a bit tedious. And before you know it, you are stuck in a rut. However, there are other opportunities you may want to explore while continuing the search for permanent employment. This is how working on short-term assignments may help pull you out of the drudgery. Short-term assignments can be helpful in Read More

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Sleep and Your Career: Strategies for Success

On World Sleep Day, we take a few moments to consider the relationship of sleep and your career, job performance, or success in job-hunting. Technology and the demands of family, partner relationships and other factors pull us in competing directions. According to a recent study by the Philips Corporation, Americans know we should get a good night’s sleep but 84% of us say there are “more important things to do”. 41% of Americans in the study said spending time with their family took precedence over sleep, 35% mentioned quality time with a partner, and 34% said they needed the time Read More

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HIRING MANAGERS: Simple Tips to Improve Your Results

Hiring is up, unemployment rates are close to an all-time low, your social media and job placement sites are buzzing with activity, yet you have not made a hire. What gives? And how can you get better hiring results without lowering your standards? Hire Standard’s analysis of successful hiring manager habits shows that small changes can bring big rewards. Think of your recruiting process as a sprint, not a marathon, and you are likely to get and hold the interest of qualified candidates. SIMPLIFY YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION: Hiring managers are approaching PDs using recession-era techniques when a “laundry list” of Read More

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Cultural “Fit”: The Holy Grail of Hiring

Cultural “fit” is often described as the single most critical predictor of success in hiring. In a recent survey, 54% of professionals indicated they had been misled about a company’s culture during their interviews. And, in a related survey of 1,800 former employees, 64% said they left former employers due to a poor cultural fit. In a sophisticated marketplace, how can you tell if the job or candidate will be a good fit for everyone involved? Hire Standard has identified best practices found at employers who feature low turnover rates and high levels of employee satisfaction. Successful work relationships start Read More