Newsletter Archive

Are you being left behind?

Are you being left behind?

Feeling stalled on the side of the career highway while others zoom past you flaunting raises, promotions and amazing new jobs? Here's how to plot a clear course for your career -- and get on the fast track to success.
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Reader, we feel your pain!

Reader, we feel your pain!

Where are the skills gaps and what happens if it's not bridged?
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Struggling to find candidates? (You're not alone)

Struggling to find candidates? (You're not alone)

Struggling to find skilled job candidates? You're not alone.
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Are you aware of your bias?

Are you aware of your bias?

Racism. Ageism. Sexism. Intentional or not, biases like these impact whom you hire. Use these tactics to minimize bias in each step of the hiring process and build stronger teams.
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Equal Pay: Are you being fair?

Equal Pay: Are you being fair?

Equal pay for equal work: It’s fair. It’s the law. And it’s a policy that will help you recruit and retain a diverse, high-performing workforce. Take pay equality from concept to practice with this comprehensive guide.
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Are You Paying Fairly?

Are You Paying Fairly?

As an employer, are you doing your part to close the gender pay gap? Here's how to ensure you're paying employees fairly -- and minimizing your risk of pay equity claims -- by conducting a pay equity audit.
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Would you hire an imperfect employee?

Would you hire an imperfect employee?

Chasing after purple squirrels? Leave that to purple dogs. Here's how to overcome recruiting paralysis and hire great people who will thrive on the job -- even when they're not "perfect."
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Is something toxic in your organization?

Is something toxic in your organization?

Job seekers' expectations have changed dramatically in the last few years. Land the best candidates by giving them what they want most during your hiring process.
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What I heard about your company culture

What I heard about your company culture

The best companies to work for use culture as a competitive recruiting tool. Here's how to showcase your organization's values, employment brand and more on your website, to attract the talent you need.
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6 HR and Workforce Trends You Need to Know

6 HR and Workforce Trends You Need to Know

Widening skills gaps. Increasing reliance on contingent workers. Mounting wage pressure. How will these and other trends impact your organization this year -- and beyond?
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Is your pay plan keeping away great candidates?

Is your pay plan keeping away great candidates?

Across the nation, minimum wage continues to rise. Job creation remains solid and candidate shortages have reached critical levels. If you’re serious about attracting -- and keeping -- top talent, it may be time to take a hard look at your pay plan.
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Watch out, Reader

Watch out, Reader

Could that employee you recently reprimanded or terminated be seeking revenge by claiming discrimination? Here's how to recognize -- and reduce -- your risk for retaliation claims.
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Want to Drive Performance in 2018?

Want to Drive Performance in 2018?

Looking for ways to simplify, streamline and get more done at work in the new year? Use the KISS method. Also, we share tactics high performers use before the workweek starts (and then share them with your team).
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Is this crossing the line?

Is this crossing the line?

There's a fine line between boorish behavior and harassment; has your employee crossed it? Here's how to tell -- and what to do about it.
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Make seasonal staffing easy

Make seasonal staffing easy

Dreading your busy season -- or is it already here? This handy guide contains all the tips and tricks you need to find the right help, with the right skills, right when you need them (and keep your sanity!).
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Snapchat for recruiting? You bet!

Snapchat for recruiting? You bet!

Social tools are becoming indispensable in business. But Snapchat for recruiting -- seriously?! Learn how to build your brand and recruit amazing talent with the latest social recruiting tools, and why a strong recruiting partner is more important than ever.
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Your employees want this!

Your employees want this!

Macaroon-baking classes and ping-pong tables are trendy perks -- but do they attract and satisfy top talent? Here's what today's employees want, and how leading employers are delivering. And, use these steps to stare down fears, work through them and get more accomplished.
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OSHA's new workplace violence enforcement...are you compliant?

OSHA's new workplace violence enforcement...are you compliant?

OSHA just updated its enforcement procedures; have your policies kept pace? Protect your employees -- and stay out of OSHA’s crosshairs -- by identifying risk factors and developing a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.
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Free eBook: Interview better, hire better

Free eBook: Interview better, hire better

Want to hire better talent? Start by improving your team's interviewing skills. This practical guide contains everything you need to know to interview smarter -- and land the best talent.
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Thought you would find this interesting...

Thought you would find this interesting...

Who's on Facebook these days? Your future employees. Learn about the features, pros and cons of this new recruiting tool -- and determine if you should add it to your hiring toolbox. And, they're cute, they're cuddly and with a little planning on your part, pets can make your employees happier and more productive.
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Why you're not attracting the best candidates...

Why you're not attracting the best candidates...

Job postings attracting deadbeats (or no one at all)? Let's fix that! Learn how to write postings that really stand out -- and get better applicants, every time. And, these quick tips will help you get better performance from your entire team, by managing introverts and extroverts properly.
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Bridging the Generational Gap

Bridging the Generational Gap

This month's how-to guide will help you build more cohesive, high-performing teams by bridging generational gaps.
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Are your employees smarter than you?

Are your employees smarter than you?

Nobody's an expert at EVERYTHING -- business is simply too complex and fast changing! Whether you engage them for an assignment or hire them full time, here's how to effectively manage people with more experience or knowledge than you -- and make yourself, your team and your company even more successful.
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 2017 Employment Law Updates

2017 Employment Law Updates

When the calendar flips, will your company be ready for these important changes? Make sure these issues are on your radar. And, here's how to light the fire -- and keep the productivity you've worked so hard to build rolling into the new year.
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You're wasting time!

You're wasting time!

Want your ideas to be taken more seriously? A bigger budget, raise or promotion? Here's how to get others to notice you in a good way and exert more influence in your organization. Plus, do you really want to really dial up performance? Get everyone on your team to eliminate these small, thoughtless actions that interrupt and eat into productive time.
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Reader's Guide to Getting More Done

Reader's Guide to Getting More Done

Your search for today's best productivity ideas just ended! We wrote the (e)Book on how to make everyone in your organization more organized, efficient and happy.
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Oh hey, one more thing...

Oh hey, one more thing...

From sharing "snackable" content to live streaming, here are seven fresh ideas for recruiting your next generation of talent. And, with the average worker experiencing 56 interruptions per day, it's a wonder anybody gets anything done. Here's how to keep daily disruptions from zapping productivity and momentum in your company.
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Important facts on

Important facts on "on-call" employees

Waiting time. On-call time. Exempt vs. hourly. When employees are not technically "working," do you still need to pay them? Get the facts here. Plus, steps to dial-up your team's focus -- and instantly boost their performance!
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Special Report: The Future of Your Workforce

Special Report: The Future of Your Workforce

Here's how to identify and develop promising young employees -- and help them grow into your company's future leaders. Plus, if your team's productivity, engagement and motivation flag during the summer months, use these fun ideas to rally your troops.
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Are your competitors beating you to top talent?

Are your competitors beating you to top talent?

Do you invest sufficiently to recruit A-level talent, or find yourself "peering through the slats" as your competitors hire the best? In the long-run, mediocre talent is no bargain. Here's how to invest in recruiting wisely -- and land superstars without breaking the bank. Plus, how eating meals together can help improve team performance.
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Big changes to overtime rules!

Big changes to overtime rules!

Big changes are coming to overtime rules. What's the FLSA changing? Who's affected? How can you control your overhead -- and stay compliant? Get the facts here. And, there are some smart new apps to help boost your productivity. Find out what they are in this month's issue.
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Reader, are you ready for the crisis?

Reader, are you ready for the crisis?

Acts of terror. Natural disasters. Cyber attacks. Is your company truly ready to manage crises like these? Plus, if you want to really boost employees' productivity (and happiness) teach them to STOP doing these six things.
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Cannabis Controversy -- Get the Facts

Cannabis Controversy -- Get the Facts

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act protect medical marijuana users? This fact-filled article clears the haze around this contentious issue. Are you frustrated with employees who just don't care about your company or their jobs? Here's why they "check out" -- and what you can do about it.
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5 Workforce Trends for 2016

5 Workforce Trends for 2016

Changes in technology, legislation and workforce demographics will dramatically impact staffing and workforce management in 2016. Stay ahead of these trends -- and make it a breakout year for your company. Plus, who performs better on the job: A hard worker, or someone with innate talent?
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Are the Biggest ACA Cost Hikes Yet to Come?

Are the Biggest ACA Cost Hikes Yet to Come?

Big ACA changes are coming in January. Which ones will impact your business? How can you stay compliant, while keeping costs from spiraling out of control? This month's Great Ideas has the answers!
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Reader, your best people are getting ready to leave!

Reader, your best people are getting ready to leave!

Voluntary quits are at their highest level since 2008. When pay raises aren't an option, what can you do to keep your best people content -- and out of competitors' clutches? This special report shares the practical advice you need to master employee retention. Plus, how to create more productive habits starts with these essential habit-building skills.
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Checking References? 10 Questions You Need to Check Out

Checking References? 10 Questions You Need to Check Out

Reference checks are a MUST for making great hires. Use the questions in this month's newsletter to stay legal -- and hire smart. Plus, learn six ways to control "infobesity" with more effective triage.
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Hiring Challenges Survey

Hiring Challenges Survey

In today’s volatile employment market, automatically rejecting job hoppers may cause you to miss out on exceptional hires. Hiring and HR expert Dr. John Sullivan shares 10 reasons to consider frequent job changers -- and how you can keep the best ones from leaving you too soon. Plus, how you can increase your employees' motivation by giving them a greater sense of purpose and ownership.
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How

How "friendly" are you?

It's no surprise: Star performers seek employers with great corporate cultures. The tips in this month's featured article will help you up the "friendly factor" in your company -- to attract and keep great people. We'll also share some tips on how to keep your team from wasting time on unproductive activities.
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Reader, do you need a supertemp?

Reader, do you need a supertemp?

In this issue:

-Purple Squirrels and Unicorns

-Productivity Tips: Call Your Mom
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Salary data you can use

Salary data you can use

In this issue:

-How to Get Salary Data You Can Actually USE

-Productivity Tips: You're a Horrible Boss (but don't let that offend you)
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Why you need to hire under-experienced candidates

Why you need to hire under-experienced candidates

In this issue:

-Experience? Why It's Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

-Productivity Tips: 5 Best Ways to Build -- or Break -- Trust at Work
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Need talent?

Need talent?

In this issue:

-Need Talent? Build a Community

-Productivity Tips: Tearing Your Hair Out?
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Ready for Your ICE Audit?

Ready for Your ICE Audit?

In this issue:

-Ready for Your ICE Audit?

-Productivity Tips: Learn a New Parlor Trick in 2015
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What do your employees want?

What do your employees want?

In this issue:

-Benefits: Do You Have What it Takes?

-Productivity Tips: Tapping Workplace Creativity
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Start improving employee retention today

Start improving employee retention today

In this issue:

-The Stay Interview: an Essential Weapon in the War for Talent

-Productivity Tips: Working on a "Farm"?

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What's hot in workforce management?

What's hot in workforce management?

In this issue:

-Help Wanted! When it makes sense to get outside recruiting assistance

-What's Hot in Workforce Management?
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"You're scaring off the candidates!"

In this issue:

-Is Your Hiring Process Ruining Your Employer Brand?

-Productivity Tips: Thriving in the Interruption Culture

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Can we have your opinion, Reader?

Can we have your opinion, Reader?

In this issue:

Hiring Challenges Survey

Productivity Tips: The Zero Waste Workweek

Tools: Get it Off Your Plate!
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You're working too hard

You're working too hard

In this issue:

-10 Fresh Ideas for Managing Virtual Teams

-Productivity Tips: Work Smarter, Not Harder!
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Workforce misery -- Are you to blame?

Workforce misery -- Are you to blame?

In this issue:

-Are You Making Your Employees Miserable?

-Productivity Tips: Beat Stress – in Less than 1 Minute!

-Tools: Get Your Ducks in a Row
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Contractor Compliance- What You Need to Know

Contractor Compliance- What You Need to Know

In this issue:

To Employ, or Not to Employ?

Got Slackers?

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HR records - Are you keeping the right stuff?

HR records - Are you keeping the right stuff?

In this issue:

-What's In? What's Out? (When it comes to personnel files, that is.)

-Biggest Productivity Killers

-Tools: 5 Ways to Boost Temporary Employee Productivity

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No more excuses!

No more excuses!

In this issue:

-Own It! (So your employees will, too)

-Productivity Tips: What's Your Style?

-Interview Questions to Assess Work Style



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The million dollar job offer

The million dollar job offer

In this issue:

-"We'll Pay You $1,000,000": How To Find Passive Candidates

-Do Brown Bags Kill Productivity?

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Do you hear the whispers?

Do you hear the whispers?

In this issue:

-Are You Part of the "In Crowd" (at work, that is)?

-Productivity Tips: Whistle While You Work

-Results at Work: Simplifying Staffing for a High-Volume Staffing User

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Top Candidates do not equal Top Employees

Top Candidates do not equal Top Employees

In this issue:

-Top Candidates do not equal Top Employees

-Fuel More Arguments at Work
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Do more. Spend less. Go crazy!

Do more. Spend less. Go crazy!

In this issue:

-Understaffing: a Risky Proposition

-Productivity Tips: 5 Ways to Keep Employees Happy

-Free Survey to Gauge Employee Happiness
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Thought leadership and recruiting

Thought leadership and recruiting

Thought leadership is more than a sales tool-- it's a great way to build your brand! This article contains thought leadership ideas you can implement today to brand yourself properly and attract the customers, clients and talent you need.
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Meet Your Future Workforce: Looking Beyond the Millennials

Meet Your Future Workforce: Looking Beyond the Millennials

Whether you call them "Gen F," "Gen Z" or "Pluralists," it's time to get to know what makes your company's future employees tick.
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Summer Brain Drain?

Summer Brain Drain?

Do your employees get sluggish, distracted and generally less productive during the summer months? Use these unusual ideas to re-energize and refocus your teams (and have some fun, too).
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What does the Healthcare Reform Act mean for you?

What does the Healthcare Reform Act mean for you?

In this issue:
-Obamacare and Your Contingent Staff
-Stat of the Month: The IRS is Watching You
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Don't Get Fooled | Spring Cleaning...at work

Don't Get Fooled | Spring Cleaning...at work

In this issue:

-April Fools: How NOT to get fooled in the hiring process

-Amazingly Awful Job Candidate

-Simplify Your Life: Spring Clean Your Workspace
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Your candidates are all lying!

Your candidates are all lying!

In this month's issue:

-Get Better Temporary Staffing Results--Permanently!

-Gator Hunters Need Jobs, Too

-Infographic: Fibs, Fraud & Fabrication

-Hate Busywork? Five Ways to Make Boring Tasks Bearable
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Your leadership style is dead!

Your leadership style is dead!

In this issue:

-The Death of Conventional Leadership

-Beat the Winter Blues

-Stat of the Month

-Staffing Paradox
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Welcome to the new Staff Matters!

Welcome to the new Staff Matters!

Is your 2013 strategic plan a "nice idea" or a roadmap for success? Creating a strategic plan is one thing; successfully executing it is quite another. Here's how to make your carefully laid plans a reality-- and achieve your company's goals in 2013.
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'Tis the Season to be Scrooge-y?

'Tis the Season to be Scrooge-y?

Put the whip away and instead follow these seven ideas to keep your workplace on track during the holidays without being a Scrooge.
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Wellness Tips that Work!

Wellness Tips that Work!

It may sound crazy to talk about wellness when everyone is thinking about pies and cookies. But right now is when your employees need your help the most. Show them you care by implementing one or more of these employee wellness tips.
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Don't give up your greatest players

Don't give up your greatest players

In this month's Staff Matters, we'll show you how to find, attract and retain great talent, because you never want to be known as the guy who gave up the greatest player on your team.
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Are You Making These Hiring Mistakes?

Are You Making These Hiring Mistakes?

This month in Staff Matters, you'll find a checklist for assessing your interview style--and why it may need to change.
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Employee Success from Day One

Employee Success from Day One

This month, we'll give you six tips for helping your new employees get productive from the get-go.
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5 Common Staffing Misconceptions

5 Common Staffing Misconceptions

Temporary staffing has become a sophisticated part of HR management used to supply just-in-time talent to all levels of an organization. When used strategically, staffing can greatly enhance your company's productivity and profitability--even in a tough economy. So if your way of thinking about the staffing industry could use a little updating, take a read through this quick article which debunks five common staffing myths.
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Hiring Failure: Do Tech Skills Matter?

Hiring Failure: Do Tech Skills Matter?

You know how important fit is, so you'll want to read this month's Staff Matters. It's a quick guide to the most important soft skills: what they are, why they're important and how to identify them.
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We Need to Talk.

We Need to Talk.

It's Relationships 101. Don't treat your staffing firm like an afterthought. Or a place to turn to only when you're in a bind. If you only communicate with them when you need something, or at the last minute, you won't get the most out of your relationship.
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Your Employees Don't Want Your Money

Your Employees Don't Want Your Money

In this month's article, we'll give you three ways to make a meaningful impact on your employees that will have a positive effect on your bottom line, too.
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Curing TOXIC negativity in your workplace

Curing TOXIC negativity in your workplace

In this article, we'll show you how to identify the causes of negativity in your company, and more importantly, what you can do to wipe it out!
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Are You a Stepping Stone Employer?

Are You a Stepping Stone Employer?

Worried about being a "stepping stone" employer? In a competitive job market, experienced professionals and recent graduates with their "eye on the prize" may not be looking for long term...just "right now." In this month's Strategies for Success, we've included some tips to help prevent your organization from becoming a stepping stone.
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Who hired

Who hired "THAT" guy?

Sometimes candidates look great on paper, or in the interview, but end up being a total bust. Weed out the "THAT guys" of the business world and make better hires by integrating personality tests into your hiring process.
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Stop! Don't make another hire...

Stop! Don't make another hire...

Don't make another hire without reviewing the items in our Hiring Toolkit. It's the ultimate collection of information, forms, and tools to help ensure that your next hire is a perfect fit.
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Before you go...

Before you go...

Is your organization experiencing high turnover in any areas? Are you worried about the potential of losing key employees? This article will show you how to use exit interviews with your soon to be ex-employees to help you reduce attrition at your organization.
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Staff Matters: 10 Interview Questions You Must Ask

Staff Matters: 10 Interview Questions You Must Ask

Did you know that a bad personality fit is the most common reason for a bad hire? But how can you tell if someone will really fit into your corporate culture? This month we have 10 questions you can ask to ensure the person you are about to hire is a great match for your company.
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Use Staffing to Tackle Your Business Challenges

Use Staffing to Tackle Your Business Challenges

We wanted to take a little break from the normal format of Staff Matters to provide you with some great case studies of companies that--through the creative use of staffing--were able to tackle significant business challenges!
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They're Back and Ready to Work!

They're Back and Ready to Work!

Each summer, we see an influx of amazing college students looking for opportunities with our clients. This extremely skilled and talented group is looking to gain real world experience--and we have an impressive array to choose from!
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Staff Matters: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Staff Matters: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Can you spot an effective leader? Sure, you can look at a person's accomplishments, but do you know what traits to look for? This month's article will show you the seven most critical traits of exceptional leaders.
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Is it all about the money?

Is it all about the money?

Perks...culture...upward mobility. These are all great ways to attract star employees. But let's face it, it really comes down to money. What you might be surprised to learn is that it's not always how much money you offer, it's more often about how you pay your employees. This month's article reviews the pros and cons of rewards based compensation plans.
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Is Your Company Poised for Growth?

Is Your Company Poised for Growth?

While no one knows for sure if the worst is over, we have seen many positive signs in our local economy. So what's the next step for companies in our community? It's time to start taking advantage of the upturn and planning for growth.
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What do your employees and a new car have in common?

What do your employees and a new car have in common?

What do your employees and a new car have in common? No, it's not that "new car" smell. Both your employees and a new car need to be put on a regular maintenance schedule to keep them running smoothly. As you kick off 2011, it might be time to implement a "re-recruiting" program to ensure your employees are engaged in their work and performing at their best.
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Fight Resume Fraud!

Fight Resume Fraud!

In the holiday issue of Staff Matters, we'll show you how to spot some of the signs of resume fraud, so you can protect your company.
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Don't let these challenges derail your company in 2011

Don't let these challenges derail your company in 2011

It's the end of the year, which means performance reviews, budget meetings, holiday parties, and planning for 2011. And it's also time to focus on one of the most overlooked plans, your staffing strategy. This article discusses the top five business challenges you will face in 2011 and how staffing can help you overcome them.
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Staff Matters: Sick of meetings wasting your time?

Staff Matters: Sick of meetings wasting your time?

Discover how you can become a world class leader of high performance meetings.
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Staff Matters: Are your interview questions illegal?

Staff Matters: Are your interview questions illegal?

Protect yourself and your organization from legal trouble by carefully planning your interview questions. Start by conducting a job analysis to objectively identify the core competencies required for the position. Then, develop a list of behavior-based interview questions to identify those competencies. When broaching sensitive issues such as age, marital status or disabilities, consider the the legal alternatives to illegal interview questions in this month's newsletter.
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Are you chasing away the best job candidates?

Are you chasing away the best job candidates?

In this issue of Staff Matters, you'll discover the top five ways you can make a great first impression on potential employees. Follow these steps, and you'll be sure to attract more of the best and brightest to your organization.
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Get a jump on your competition with Web 2.0

Get a jump on your competition with Web 2.0

This month's Staff Matters gives an overview of simple best practices when it comes to social media in today's business world.
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Get a jump on your competition with Web 2.0

Get a jump on your competition with Web 2.0

This month's Staff Matters gives an overview of simple best practices when it comes to social media in today's business world.
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Staff Matters: Avoid the perils of screening via social networks

Staff Matters: Avoid the perils of screening via social networks

Screening out potential employees based solely upon what you glean from social media leaves you open to potential discrimination charges. So protect yourself and your organization by incorporating these 10 Do's and Don'ts into your social media recruitment strategy.
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Staff Matters: Reducing resume overload

Staff Matters: Reducing resume overload

Here are some quick tips for cutting through resume clutter.
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The True Cost of Hiring Average Employees

The True Cost of Hiring Average Employees

This article will show you the true costs of hiring average performers, and more importantly, how you can dramatically improve your chances of hiring the best people.
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Try Before You Buy--And Make Great Hires

Try Before You Buy--And Make Great Hires

This article below will show you how to strategically use temp-to-hire services to virtually guarantee hiring success.
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Gain market share with these tactics

Gain market share with these tactics

This month we've got some workforce planning tactics that you can enact. Taking these steps will help ensure that your company is ahead of the game when the economy picks up. Just think of how great it will feel to take market share from your competition because they are still just trying to survive!
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Gain market share with these tactics

Gain market share with these tactics

This month we've got some workforce planning tactics that you can enact. Taking these steps will help ensure that your company is ahead of the game when the economy picks up. Just think of how great it will feel to take market share from your competition because they are still just trying to survive!
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Workforce Planning Is Hot, Are You Lagging Behind?

Workforce Planning Is Hot, Are You Lagging Behind?

Workforce Planning Is Hot, Are You Lagging Behind?
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