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Attaboy Attagirl: The Do's and Don'ts of Praising Employees

Undoubtedly, most of the people reading this in some sort of managerial position (be it sitting or standing) have had a boss that didn’t do the bossiest job. They may not have been a Bill Lumberg or Ebeneezer Scrooge, but

2013 Workforce and Salary Trends

2012 saw more than a few politicians talking about their grand plans to fix the job market. For the 7.7% of the country that is unemployed, this sounded great. People in power were taking an interest in their plight, and

Top Regrets in Business

As the cold clutch of winter flows in over our brittle little bones this December, it is important to reflect on the past in order to plan ahead out into the chilly months before us. Regret is a waste of

What Not To Say: Staying Out of Tricky Situations in Management

Direct verbal management is a lot more than telling the right person to do the right thing at the right time, it’s also about what you shouldn’t say or even suggest to your employees. The more glaring don’ts in these

A Few Pointers On LinkedIn Endorsements

Earlier this year the endorsement feature was added to LinkedIn which allows you to “endorse” a particular skill set of any of your friends on the social network. According to a LinkedIn spokeswoman, the endorsement was meant to encourage encouragement

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Can Get to Know

A new study out of Northwestern’s Kellog School of Management indicates that hiring managers are more likely to hire employees with whom they feel a common bond over a more qualified candidate with whom they share no common interests. The

Accolo Ahead of Industry for 2013 Hiring Metrics

At Accolo, we’ve always thought ourselves to be on the right track to innovation within the RPO industry. Bringing you a better hire faster and for cheaper has always been the name of the game; but our eyes have are

Who's Hit the Hardest By Manditory Health Care.

In recent years, the issue of Health Care has been a serious hot tamale of an issue. As well intentioned as free services for everyone may be, there will be a bracket of people hit the hardest. According to this

Hostess Executives Seeking Millions in Bonuses to Facilitate Liquidation

For some deliciously fluffy and cream filled Friday business happenings, today’s story is a sickly sweet update on the liquidation of the Hostess company. The manufacturer of such beloved and artery clogging confections as Snowballs, Ho Ho’s and (of course)

Forming Connections That Matter on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most important social networking tools to emerge for businesses in the past few years. I’m sure that all of you (our readers) are familiar with the platform, especially because of the ways in which Accolo

Big Money in Miami: Housing Boom From Russian Billionaires

I bet a lot of you out there have had a Scarface type fantasy at least once in your life. The money, the power, the mansions, the tiger: everything you could want. Yep, besides the whole dying thing and the

Joking: I'm Not Joking, the Key to a Higher Salary

Many advise applicants to steer clear of the “salary discussion” until their prospective employer has brought it up first. “Keep that stuff at an arm’s length or maybe several arms” they say, but they are woefully wrong. While the timid

A Call to Action for American Employers

Wednesday: hump day. For today’s half way there addition of the Accolo blog, we have a lovely op ed from CNN Money from one Nina Easton. It addresses the employment gap that exists today in the US labor market. Right

Bridging the Hiring Gap: What has Made It and How Do We Fix It?

As a soon-to-be college graduate, I encounter a broad and phenomenal anxiety in my peers whenever the conversations turns to what exactly is going to happen when we all eventually enter the real world. There is a sense of hopelessness

Us Trade Deficit Drops to Lowest Point in 2 Years

Good news everyone! The United States trade deficit, our nation’s ever lingering bad dinner guest, has slimmed dramatically more than expected to a mere 41.5 Billion dollars. While it is unfortunate that this is the trade deficit and not the

China Shows Signs of Slowing in Mad Rush to Development & Infrastructure

China has been the global manufacturing powerhouse of the last decade. While historically the country has been primarily focused on exports, the 2000’s ushered in a new age of domestic investment and infrastructural development. From dams that offset the rotation

National Employment Stats for October

With the spookiest month of the year behind us and the election just around the corner, it seems high time for some of the most anticipated statistics of all time. The national unemployment rate…..(drum roll please)…….. increased by one tenth

Hiring and Productivity up, Unemployment Claims Down

Well Happy Not-Halloween Everyone! After all the ghoulish excitement last night you probably don’t even want to get an employment/economic recovery summary for October. What’s that? Oh you do! I knew you’d want to know! So anyways, things are looking

Beerware, AB Inbev Continues to Gobble Beloved Beverages

Those of you that drink Budweiser probably know that the company was absorbed by AB Inbev in a 52 Billion buyout. Many consumers like Brian Rinfret, the avid Becks drinker interviewed in the Bloomberg Businessweek article, say they taste a

Bangalore to Atlanta: Outsourcing to the United States

With the world market in flux as it is, many companies are finally starting to see the United States for the talent pool that it is. This article from Bloomberg follows the story of a Company based in Bangalore, India

The Concrete Difference in Superior Management

The word “good” seems like a simple enough modifier. If I say that “I have a good sandwich for sale”, you probably won’t be tempted by a competitor with an adequate, satisfactory or pretentious sandwich. But what then makes my

Swing State Jobless Rates Could Decide Presidential Race

I for one cannot wait until election day. No more endless and useless focus on campaigning, posturing and promise making that always serves to muddy up the crisp October air. Come November, we can all get back to arguing over

8 Ways for Managers to Enhance Their Team’s Work Experience

As those of you in management already know, wage incentives aren’t necessarily the final word in increasing worker productivity and performance. People just aren’t that simple. As today’s article from ceo.com says, today’s raise become’s tomorrow’s norm. This effectively means

Adaptation Over Innovation

So you’ve got an idea for a revolutionary product that’ll make consumers forget they ever had a monthly budget and you just expect to sail on that to retirement? Maybe in the days when microwave popcorn was still hot, but