New Hire

Top Signs You Should Think Twice About Hiring An Applicant

You were impressed with their resume. You conducted the phone interview. You were equally impressed with them during an in-person interview. Could they be the perfect candidate? Aside from the typical background checks HR professional do these days: reference checks, Google searches, LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook searches, criminal background checks…are there other signs that can point to a… Continue reading Top Signs You Should Think Twice About Hiring An Applicant

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Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Do’s & Don’ts of Performance Reviews: And Why You NEED To Do Them!

First let’s start off by saying: a Performance Review does not equal a salary increase! Yes, the two are normally tied together…but that raise is tied to the end result of the performance review as a reward.  Too many managers shy away from doing performance reviews on their employees because they assume they HAVE to… Continue reading Do’s & Don’ts of Performance Reviews: And Why You NEED To Do Them!

Communication, Human Resources, New Hire

Don’t Skip the New Employee Orientation!

In today’s busy world, many companies are so focused on getting a candidate hired and started that they are no longer taking the time to properly integrate them into the company.  A New employee orientation serves so many purposes as it introduces new employees to the workplace and familiarizes them with some of the company’s… Continue reading Don’t Skip the New Employee Orientation!

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Small Businesses NEED Small Perks – Because It DOES Matter

Having worked in the small business arena for so many years, I am accustomed to hearing the “we can’t afford that” or “only the big companies can offer benefits like that.”  Sadly, the little things you can add to a benefits package really don’t cost all that much in the long run. Let’s start with… Continue reading Small Businesses NEED Small Perks – Because It DOES Matter

Communication, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Key Leadership Trait to Learn This Year: How to “Read” People

Mastering the art of “reading” people Where Leaders succeed and Managers fall short is in their attitude towards their co-workers or employees.  Managers just expect their employees to listen to them and do what they say, but Leaders know that to really get people to give you 110% you have to build a trust with… Continue reading Key Leadership Trait to Learn This Year: How to “Read” People

Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Managers: The Solution to Every Problem is NOT Termination

Everyone thinks that they can be a Manager.  Honestly, I think some just want the title and power that comes along with it so badly that they convince themselves they are “management” material and you can’t tell them otherwise.  For those that dream about moving into a management position, there is still time to teach… Continue reading Managers: The Solution to Every Problem is NOT Termination

Leadership, Performance

Appreciation: It’s a Top-Down Thing

One of the biggest complaints we hear coming from employees – regardless of their position or status of the job market – is that they don’t feel appreciated. Its so simple, yet something overlooked time and time again. In some cases, managers will even make excuses for their lack of appreciation and feel they are… Continue reading Appreciation: It’s a Top-Down Thing

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The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”

So many candidates encounter the line: “You will be under probation for the first 90 days of your employment.” But, does the new employee or the employer REALLY know what that means? Let’s start with a little history… The “probationary period” was started as a way for employers to deal with Unions and their rules… Continue reading The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”