Archive for October, 2016

Build a Great Internship Program

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Do you think that having interns is just about getting your work done without having to shell out big bucks? Think again!  A strategically developed internship program can help you effectively manage your workflow to accomplish immediate business objectives, while finding new team members to grow your business and accomplish future goals. So, here are a few ways to run a meaningful and productive internship program. 1.  Build for the future Your internship program is a year-round recruiting tool. Recruiting is a laborious and expensive process and let’s face it – things don’t always work out once a candidate is…

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Creating a Culture of Feedback

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In order to build a successful and positive work environment that is continually improving, you and your employees need to feel comfortable giving and receiving feedback. In fact, feedback is one of the most important mechanisms for ensuring an engaged workplace. However, many people have no idea how to effectively give OR accept performance feedback. If feedback is handled poorly, people’s feelings will be hurt, grudges will be held, employees will be disgruntled and performance will suffer. So, here are a few tips on how to create a culture of feedback at the office. 1.  Safety first Employees must feel “safe,” for…

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Don’t Miss Out on the Best Hiring Source: Referrals

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One of the most efficient, effective, and least costly ways to attract candidates for job openings is through employee referrals. It’s also a surefire way to get your employees excited about recruiting. However, a referral system is not something that you can rely on if it is poorly organized. Here are a few tips on making the most of employee referrals. 1. Focus Your Program Focus your referral recruitment efforts on hard to fill positions and on the “right” employees.  Generally, your top performing employees will make the best referrals sources.  Solicit referrals from these employees.  Also focus on the…

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Sometimes It’s Best to Let Go

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One of the more frustrating parts of running a company, especially a small business, is when employees unexpectedly tell you that they’re leaving for a different job. This can come as a surprise, and understandably, your natural reaction may be to try to convince that employee to reconsider. However, that’s not necessarily the best course of action.  So, here are a few ways to positively handle this situation. 1. Talk it out Regardless of whether or not the employee leaves for the new job, you should have an in-depth conversation with them about what led to this decision. Why do…

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What’s in a Manager?

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Promoting an employee to manager status is a vital decision that can make or break your company. The right manager can galvanize your office; the wrong one can stunt your team’s growth and make life difficult for everyone. But for such an important decision, promoting a manager is too often mishandled. Here are a few tips to remember when you are considering making this big move. 1. Work ethic means nothing without people skills Your most productive worker deserves to be recognized for their efforts. But if that worker is, let’s say, a tech gal who can code any program…

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