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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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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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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

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Co-Workers Do Not Have to Be Your Best Friends but You Do Have to Establish a Relationship that Works

The relationships between your co-workers and your close friends are pretty obvious. Generally, friends are your peers. You are most likely similar in age, share common interests, grew up together, they are the company you keep on a personal level and most importantly, you get to decide those that are called friends. Co-workers fall into another category. You do not always get the opportunity to choose who you work alongside, you may not have much in common, you may not even like them very much, you are added to a constructed group with varying degrees of differences and expected to Read More

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Front Line Leadership in the Changing Workplace

In today’s competitive workplace, being a great employee does not necessarily guarantee elevation to management status. And, those who have been promoted based on their performance often discover that achieving results through others is more of a challenge than they expected. What defines a strong leader today? Most important in the constantly-evolving workplace is the ability of the leader to obtain extraordinary results from ordinary people. Well-known, successful leaders have shared this message with us and we are happy to pass on some tips from them: OWN YOUR MESSAGE:Clarity of communication through the employee chain is critical. The ability to Read More

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Temp-to-Hire Positions are Not as Risky as You Might Think

Are temp-to-hire positions more risky because they are not “permanent” positions to start? Not necessarily. Think about it as a probationary period. After all, permanent positions are not necessarily “permanent” are they? Companies usually have a probationary period that lasts about 90 days (and benefits are not always available until the probation is successfully completed). Should your skills prove to be subpar or if you are not a good fit, the company can terminate your employment during the probation. Temp-to-hire positions work very much the same way. During the temp period, the employer is assessing your skills. However, you also Read More