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Give new hires a positive start

May 8, 2014
Have you checked your orientation program lately? Is it dry and impersonal—where newcomers sit in a dark conference room watching a dull slide show or video about the organization? If so, you are failing to provide the employee with a warm welcome, a crucial step in incubating a good worker.
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How to hire smart: 5 ways to reduce turnover

May 8, 2014
Filling a vacant position—especially for the second or third time—can take away from other important tasks. Here’s how to get hiring right from the beginning.
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Workplace humor or veiled discontent?

May 8, 2014

Normally, people who laugh and tell jokes are happy, and humor can make the workplace more satisfying for everyone. But when jokes take on a cynical tone, or are directed at the organization and the way it operates, it’s time to stop laughing and asking questions.

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Before you ‘write up’ an employee …

May 8, 2014
Whenever you discipline an employee in writing, you’re adding a permanent stain to the individual’s personnel file. It’s a wise move when other steps fail because it underscores the seriousness of the employee’s behavior. But if you rush to write up staffers, the cost in ill will and distrust may outweigh the benefits.
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4 warning signs a star employee is getting ready to leave

April 11, 2014

Most managers have experienced a situation in which a rising star in their department suddenly resigns. If you know how to look for the warning signs of employee discontentment, you can often see such “surprise” resignations coming … and take quick action to prevent a good employee from becoming an ex-employee.

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New from the EEOC: Tips on background checks

April 11, 2014
The EEOC has released a technical assistance document explaining how employers can legally conduct background checks for employment purposes.
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The pitfalls of using social media to screen job candidates

March 17, 2014
Screening out job candidates who look tipsy on Facebook may seem like an obvious way to avoid hiring irresponsible workers. But there are pitfalls to this approach.
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ASAP trap: Set real deadlines, not false alarms

March 17, 2014
While requesting results “as soon as possible” can underscore the urgency of the job at hand, it can also breed resentment if workers tire of always having to rush in a panic to give you what you want.
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Religious accommodation: A ‘Duck Dynasty’ cap?

March 17, 2014

You run a fast food restaurant and allow a female counter person to wear a religious head covering as an accommodation, despite the fact that you have a policy against head coverings that aren’t provided by your company. Now one of your male counter workers starts coming in wearing a camouflage cap, claiming his religious idol is Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.” Can you tell him to remove his cap, but allow the woman to wear hers?

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Top talent is hard to find

March 17, 2014
More than half of employers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder say they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. In addition to recruiting high-skill applicants, here are the top five staffing challenges companies say they are facing in 2014.
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