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5 Steps To Reverse Workplace Negativity

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The typical workplace has its ups and downs in terms of employee negativity, but when your company’s been in a down cycle for too long, it’s time to take control and turn it around. When negativity goes unchecked, morale nosedives, productivity suffers, communication comes to a halt and people stop working well together. Business, of… Read more »

5 Principles of Leadership: Working Toward Long-Term Success

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  Without strong leadership in our communities and organizations we cannot move forward in a positive direction, as a whole. Leaders must always strive to better understand the individuals on their team and how to leverage their strengths so everyone works together effectively to achieve company goals. Here are the five principles to work toward… Read more »

3 Tips To Manage Diversity in the Workplace

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Organizations hire people of all genders, ages, cultures, styles, and religions with the expectation of them all working together quickly and easily, which isn’t always the case. Set your employees up for success by following these quick tips: 1. State Your Policy. Clearly define your company’s “common culture” with behavioral expectations; these documents will guide… Read more »

5 Tips To Ease Your Hiring Process

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The most important aspect of any business is selecting and retaining top people. Think about the last person you hired. After you selected them, did they work out as intended? Or were they somebody unlike what you thought? Research shows success to hiring top people depends on asking the right questions; behavior-based questions. Save time… Read more »

Why Do Employees Show Up Sick – And How Can Employers Prevent It?

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“Presenteeism” occurs when your staff are physically in the workplace, but not productively engaged. Sickness is one of the top causes of presenteeism. Although staff have shown up, they’re simply too ill to get anything done. Some dedicated traditionalists see nothing wrong with presenteeism. After all, staff are on-site and they’re sending the message that… Read more »

No Degree? No Problem.

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Degrees are often listed as job requirements. However, if you’ve got the necessary skills and experience, but not the necessary piece of paper, don’t fret. You can position yourself well through these five strategies: 1. Research good-paying jobs in your field. Read lots of job descriptions. Pay attention to the types of skills and certifications… Read more »

6 Steps To Nail Your Next Interview!

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Employers rely on nonverbal cues as much as verbal ones to gauge your intelligence, confidence and power. Shape-up your body language with these six simple steps to nail your next interview. 1. Prepare Yourself As you prepare for your interview, get yourself in the right mindset. Think about what questions you may be asked and… Read more »

Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

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One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel is having too much to do, and not feeling like we have enough time to do it. We are overwhelmed. Of course, having “not enough time” is just a feeling — we all have the same amount of time, but we often fill up the container… Read more »

How Introverts Can Impress in Interviews

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Most people don’t associate introverts with the idea of attention-grabbing impact and unforgettable first impressions. There’s a good reason for that: Whilst introverts are quite capable of being socially ‘noisy’ when comfortable, they tend to react to new situations by carefully processing stimuli mentally, before delivering a response. It is not that introverts are shy… Read more »

The Blind Spot Preventing You From Finding a Career You Love

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If you’re like most people, you began attempting to figure out your ideal career direction by first reflecting on who you are and what you want in life. You considered past experiences, took self-assessments, and tried to imagine what new career would be right for you. This is a natural starting place, since any career… Read more »