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The Power of Public Criticism

When there is a problem within a team, it is up to the team leader to facilitate the correction of this problem. If the problem is with the performance of a team member, it is up to the team leader

Small Businesses Targeted For Cyber Theft

With the ever-increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks in the US, government officials have warned all small and medium sized businesses to be wary of these virtual onslaughts. Recently there have been several high profile cyber intrusions into the

Bridging the Talent Gap

In today’s job Market, there exists a growing discrepancy between the ideas that most employers have about what makes a “satisfactory candidate” and the actual people that are showing up to be interviewed. This has created a doldrum of sorts,

How Bias Can Impair Hiring Decisions

We all have favorites. Whether it’s a flavor of ice cream or the cut of a T-shirt, we all have that instant, visceral reaction when we find something or someone that suits us: the answer. While knowing what works for

Positivity Tips the Scales in Team Performance

When you’re trying to get someone to do something, it’s important to know the best way to go about telling this person how to do it. People aren’t machines, yet are somewhat similar in the way they have definite limits,

Administrative and Support Jobs Going Strong

One of the healthiest sectors of the economy in this recovery has been the professional and business services industry. Last month, there were 73,000 jobs added under this umbrella, especially jobs that classified as administrative or support positions. The rate

Unconditional Sick Leave for Workers in Portland

The sick day has traditionally been somewhat of a gray area. In some lines of work, sick days can be traded for time off as readily as vacation days with no questions asked. In others, the request for a sick

Visual Media Boosts Job Description Engagement

The job description has been a mainstay for finding employees since the first classified ads appeared in newspapers. Back then, these words behind the sports page were gobbled up by job seekers hungry for a chance to get into the

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How Online Reviews Can Make or Break Businesses

The reputations of businesses, online and otherwise, are becoming increasingly important in determining which companies blow up and which are left in the dust. Reputation can determine who will (or won’t) apply to work at your business. The rate at

Telecommuting: Here to Stay or Out the Door?

In the recent telecommuting debate that has taken over the internet in almost every business magazine or publication, the consensus seems to show a backlash against slipping standards of innovation. Many of the companies that have reversed their work-from-home policies

A Hopeful Workplace is a Productive Workplace

When you’ve worked with chronic negative types — the ones who open the flood gates on you about their problems or have the temperament of Medusa before their third cup of coffee — then you know how nice it is to work

Stalling Employers Cause Cycle of Sluggishness

More is lost through indecision than error. Employers around the country are wasting both their time and the time of the applicants that approach them with extensive rounds of interviews, psychological evaluations and other such excessive testing measures. In The

ADP Job Report for February

A full 2 days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to release data for the month of February, ADP has released their own report on jobs exclusively in the private sector. While some criticize the company’s findings, they

Banish Evaluating Candidates Based on their Resume

Evaluating candidate quality based on a resume alone can eliminate a large percentage of professionals with extremely relevant experience. When evaluating candidates it’s important to look at their “five S’s, standing for Scope, Scale, Sophistication, Systems, and Staff,” according to

Corporate Profits out of Employee's Pockets

With the economic recovery creeping along at below a full percentage point for the year of 2012, corporations, especially large multinationals, are enjoying some of the largest profit margins seen in over 50 years. A large part of this capital

How to Get an Innovator on Staff

Hiring for innovation isn’t like hiring for C++ knowledge or a pleasant voice for the front desk. It’s a more elusive quality, harder to quantify and thus harder to identify. To make real progress with your product or the way

Where are the Hidden Costs in a New Hire?

When making a new hire, it’s always important to examine not only the benefits that an extra mind and pair of hands will bring, but also the costs: the bottom line. Many assume that this bottom line will merely consist

Spotting Problem Employees Before Problems Emerge

When making a hire, the interview is one of the most useful tools at your disposal for determining which candidates will be a good addition to your team. What complicates things is the nature of interviews being somewhat like a

Small Businesses Speak Out On Minimum Wage Increase

The debate over an increase in the minimum wage has seen a wealth of support from several prominent small business groups. While it may seem counter intuitive, most companies that qualify as a “small business” already pay above the federal

Fistful of Hackers: Demand for IT Security Grows Throughout the Nation

It’s starting to look like the Wild West in cyberspace. A nearly boundless frontier fraught with with data rustlers, confidence programs, and more recently, an ever growing number of outlaw hackers. Naturally, an increase of cyber attacks in the public

Out of Work Professionals Utilize Mass Community Networking

What if I told you that qualified, experienced candidates from around the country were forming intricate professional networks for the explicit purpose of getting noticed and tracking down job leads? That’s right, one of the largest demographics of long-term-unemployed workers

The Critical Importance of Talent Branding

Brand perception in regards to recruiting is quickly becoming one of the largest factors in the success of talent acquisition companies. Now, and into the future, the type of talent that companies are able to get a hold of has

Enriching Your Career As Enriching Your Life

People want it all. The house with a spiral staircase, the blacker-than-black flat screen on the mantle, biannual trips to the Costa Rican Sea Turtle Preserve and (of course) a job that both pays handsomely and gives you plenty of