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This is the time of year that many individuals and businesses take stock of where they are, where they want to go, and how they are going to get there. Previous company policies may no longer work in the coming year for a variety of reasons and it may be time for a change. Making… Read more »

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As the year draws to a close, many of us tend to have a bit of a short fuse as we deal with holidays, relatives, and constant bombardment by every retailer out there…and that short fuse sometimes makes its way into work as well. So what can you do as a manager to keep your… Read more »

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The cold weather will set in before we know it, and stores already have the winter merchandise sitting next to the leftover Halloween candy. Have you thought of what holiday staffing needs you have yet? To get a jump on the season, as well and have yourself prepared for the rush of the next few… Read more »

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It’s never easy to lose an employee, particularly when “losing” is a euphemistic way of saying that employee is being let go or, more bluntly, fired. But sometimes the person hired simply doesn’t fit your needs or becomes more of a hindrance than a help. And sometimes that person’s position needs to be filled quickly,… Read more »

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As a manager, bringing on temporary help may give you a feeling of relief that you’re getting much-needed additional staff. However, your full-time team may not have those same thoughts running through their minds; they may feel threatened. So do what you can as a manager to prepare your team for the temporary staff –… Read more »

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While the percentage ranges from 93% to 55%, the fact remains that a significant part of our communication has nothing to do with our words; nonverbal communication makes up a significant part of the message we send to others, either intentionally or unintentionally. And while most job seekers understand the basics of proper body language… Read more »

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When looking for a position for yourself, you may think permanent is the way to go — you want something steady, right? But don’t count out the idea of a contract position, either. There are plusses to contract positions that may change your mind. At a time when companies are trying to cut down on… Read more »

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It’s time to hire someone new — but you have to answer some questions first. What sort of employee do you need — meaning, should you hire someone for a permanent position or do you need someone just for the short term? Do you have the budget/business to hire someone permanently? Is it worth spending… Read more »

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If you want employees to remember the rules and the ropes, it helps to have a tangible document they can get their hands on — or that you can show them — as needed. As a written record of a company’s policies, regulations, legal statements, and general information, an employee handbook can cover a number… Read more »

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