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New Hire With Hidden Potential? Here’s How to Use It to Your Advantage

You bring someone in for what basically amounts to a mindless task. But your new hire surprises you. They show ingenuity and pluck. You know they are being wasted in the entry-level position you hired them to handle. You know it’s only a matter of time before they get fed up and start looking for… Read more »

Changing Your Career Path? Use These 4 Tips!

The traditional life progression goes something like this: a few years learning how to talk and how to tie your shoes, 12-16 years of schooling, then about four decades in a single profession, followed by a couple of more decades spent in restful activities like golf, fishing or gardening. But that structure doesn’t really work… Read more »

What to Bring, and What to Leave at Home, When Attending a Job Interview

People will give you a lot of advice about getting ready, like “be prepared” or “by failing to prepare, you prepare for failure” or “never bring a knife to a gun fight.” All that’s fine, but being prepared comes with a basic sorting problem: There’s stuff you need and stuff you don’t. Most of the… Read more »

How to Show Your Staff You are Thankful For Them

The holidays are all about looking back at the year that’s ending and preparing for the year that’s about to start. At Thanksgiving, we think about the things we appreciate most. At Christmas, we gather with family and friends to celebrate togetherness. And at New Year’s, we make our resolutions for the coming year. The… Read more »

Run a Successful Reference Check With These 3 Tips

One of the biggest challenges of the hiring process is projecting how a candidate will perform on the job. Not just how they will fulfill the job description, but how they will fit into the team and into your company’s culture. A candidate’s skills are spelled out on their resumes and you can learn about… Read more »

How Your Nightly Routine Can Set You up for a Better Workday

We know the feeling. It’s 10 a.m. and you’re already behind. You’re tired, harried and overwhelmed. Somehow, everything gets (mostly) straightened out by the time you head home, but it’s just a few hours until you have to turn around and do it all over again. Is there a way to avoid that oh-my-gosh-the-water’s-already-up-to-my-neck feeling?… Read more »

The Scary Side of Seasonal Hiring

The scariest thing about Halloween? It means Christmas is just around the corner. The scariest thing about Christmas? No, not the prospect of talking to Uncle Arthur about politics all night. The scariest thing is getting the right seasonal help for your business. Why? Because bringing in seasonal help is a hectic process, where the… Read more »

Rev-Up Your Morning Routine With These 3 Tips

The best way to rev up your morning…lots of caffeine, right? A Red Bull double espresso washed down with a Buzz Cola chaser on your way out the door. Then, you’re ready to run through walls until at least lunch time. Well, that might be effective in the short term. But eventually, your caffeine tolerance… Read more »

Don’t Get Tricked by a Potential New Hire! Here’s How to Spot Lies on a Resume

You can’t blame these on the age of alternative facts and fake news. Lying on a resume represents an age-old job-search tradition. To some extent, a little exaggeration is expected. It’s one of those things – like advertising copy or a sales pitch – where a little fudging and a bit of spin is par… Read more »

5 Tips For Protecting Your Back on the Job

You don’t know how important your back is until something goes wrong with it. Then, it becomes difficult to do almost anything. Your work life, time with your family, all your hobbies, even sitting comfortably or getting a good night’s sleep – they all depend in part on having a healthy back. With that in… Read more »