5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Is motivation the job of managers or employees? While employees need to do their part too, a large portion of engagement needs to come from the top down. Employees look to their managers for direction and leadership, so how can you inspire your employees to go above and beyond? Here are several ideas you can use today to encourage your employees to remain focused and engaged on the job.

7 Ways Managers Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is one of the top issues with retention and productivity in the office. As a manager you’ve probably noticed some of the signs of burnout but you may not have known what to do about it. There is good news! You can help your team bounce back from career burnout before you lose them. Here are 7 ways you can help prevent it that you can start doing today.

A Manager’s Guide to Mastering Work/Life Balance

The phrase “work/life balance” has been buzzing around corporate environments for many years now and still managers and employees alike are having a hard time determining what that really means within the context of their business environment. The key to unlocking the work/life balance mystery seems to be the employees themselves. Management can make determinations about working schedules and ...

The Ultimate Cheat-Sheet for Working with a Recruiter

We’ve written before about the best ways to work with an executive recruiter to help you find a job. We wanted to boil down some of these tips and more into an easy to follow cheat sheet that can help you establish a great relationship with a staffing service and work with them to find your next job opportunity. Here are 8 quick reference points to help you get started. Keep a list. You may ...

Deck the Halls with Distraction: Staying Productive During the Holidays

The holidays are a difficult time for many employees. Stress levels are up, engagement levels are down. It’s the end of the year and some employees, and even managers, use this time to take a step back and reassess the year behind and plan for the one ahead. Procrastination is a popular work avoidance method and when so many distractions are all around it is easy to push things aside to do later...

3 Reasons to Work with Contract IT Employees

If you're in need of skilled information technology workers you've probably debated the finer points of hiring multiple times. While you can hire someone in house there are times when working with a contractor will be to your advantage. Here are three of the top reasons you may want to work with a contract IT employee. You only have finite work. The worst case scenario for any employer is to h...

The Secret of Work/Life Balance

A big buzzword over the last couple of years has been "Work/Life Balance." What does it really mean and how does it affect your business? In today's job market, especially with the influx of millennial workers and the changing priorities of the boomer generation, there has been a big change in what employees are expecting when it comes to the time they spend on the job versus their quality free...

How Much is Your Bad Hire Really Costing You?

Did you know that you can expect to spend $25,000 to $50,000 for each bad hiring decision you make? This is just the cost in addition to the salary you've offered and are paying during the time they continue to work. Careerbuilder surveyed companies in 2011 to determine the cost of bad hires and 41% of the responding companies indicated that a bad hire cost them an additional $25,000 at the time. ...

The HR Nightmare: Why Your Top Candidate Turned You Down

Hiring is a complex game. You have to find exactly the right candidates at exactly the right time. They have to have the precise skills you're looking for and fit the corporate culture and environment. Or do they? What if it is simpler than that? Hiring superstar candidates may be more about your hiring process than about candidate perfection. Have you ever experienced a situation where you ...