Archive for August, 2016

Hiring for EQ

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There are so many aspects to consider when hiring: skills and abilities, education, prior work experience, just to name a few. But one of the most overlooked components of a candidate’s profile is their emotional intelligence (EQ). While all those other factors are important to actually getting the job done, emotional intelligence is crucial in determining how the person will interact with colleagues, handle stressful situations, and manage their own duties. Emotional intelligence is broken down into five distinct categories: 1. Self-awareness 2. Self-management/internal motivation 3. Relationship management 4. Social awareness 5. Empathy It’s good to remember that many people…

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It’s Not a Birthday, It’s a Job: Dump the Annual Review

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The annual performance review is a staple of American industry — or at least it was a staple of American industry. In recent years, multiple major companies including GE have scrapped the annual performance review. There are certainly benefits to an annual performance review, but those benefits can easily be applied more often and efficiently. The idea of one employee analysis per year is outdated and not conducive to the work world of 2016. So, how do you get rid of the annual performance review while still giving your employees crucial feedback? Here’s three ways: 1. Periodic One-on-Ones One review is hardly…

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Come On, Get Happy

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Our last two blogs have discussed how to build your own superteam, and why hiring for culture fit is essential for success. The common denominator of both subjects? Happiness – specifically, the happiness of your employees. There are a plethora of studies that have been published in recent years that point to employee happiness as one of, if not THE most crucial factors that correlate to improved productivity in the workplace. A recent 700-person experiment showed that employee productivity increased by an average of 12% after employees were shown comedy clips and provided with snacks. But will simply giving your…

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If the Shoe Fits…Hire!

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Hiring – it can be nerve-wracking, anxiety inducing, and straight up frustrating to deal with. Your workforce is an ever-changing mix of pieces, and there is not just one single solution to complete the puzzle. At the same time, tinkering with the recipe to make the product a little bit spicier could render your meal inedible. You have to constantly find the right balance of personality and ability to maintain a successful workforce. One of the most vital factors when it comes to the hiring process is cultural fit – how will the candidate fit into your work environment with…

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Build Your Own Superteam

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Over the past decade, the trend in many professional sports leagues – especially the NBA – has been to either create a so-called “superteam” of star players or rip the roster apart and tank the season to get a higher draft pick. This has led to a watered down league, as only a handful of franchises are “super” while many more are barely even teams. Every business wants to be a “superteam,” but you can’t change the entire reputation of your organization overnight. If you really want to create a winning brand, the focus shouldn’t be on awards or being…

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