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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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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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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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Late again?!

Late again?!

Lateness, last-minute call-offs and no-shows aren't just irritating -- they're bad for business. End attendance issues and absenteeism by knowing the law and creating an iron-clad policy. And, if you have older workers on your payroll, can they really be as productive and valuable as your young whippersnappers?
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Reader, here's your free eBook!

Reader, here's your free eBook!

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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Are you stereotyping millennials unfairly?

Are you stereotyping millennials unfairly?

They're tech-obsessed. Entitled. Disloyal. REALLY? If you're recruiting millennials (or other generations) based on stereotypes, you may be missing out on great talent. And, these productivity hacks may be a little offbeat, but they work.
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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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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!

How can you control overhead...and stay compliant?
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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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What Do Candy Bars and Employee Training Have in Common?

What Do Candy Bars and Employee Training Have in Common?

Sometimes "bite size" is the best size! Find out how "microlearning" can maximize your training efforts by presenting information in digestible chunks.
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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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Can you believe what they said during the reference check?

Can you believe what they said during the reference check?

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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The Supertemp Myth

The Supertemp Myth

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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Don't panic!

Don't panic!

In this issue:

-STOP Panic Hiring!

-Productivity Tips: Home-Grown Talent
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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

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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Your employees are dreaming of a white Christmas

Your employees are dreaming of a white Christmas

In this issue:

Attract. Retain. Grow. Save. Staff Smarter in 2015

What's on the top of your employees' minds this holiday season? (Hint: We bet it isn't their productivity!)
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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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Another day, another crisis

Another day, another crisis

In this issue:

-Expect the Unexpected: How to Manage a Crisis While Maintaining Workplace Productivity

-Productivity Tips: The 25 Hour Day!

-Results at Work: A New Approach to an Old Problem Improves Productivity and Saves Money

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2013 EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidelines -- Are you in compliance?

2013 EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidelines -- Are you in compliance?

In this issue:

-To Check or Not to Check? Straight Talk About EEOC Guidelines for Conducting Criminal Background Checks

-Productivity Tips: Keep Interviewing Simple

-Tools: Dos and Don'ts for Conducting Criminal Background Checks
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Feel more like a referee than a manager?

Feel more like a referee than a manager?

In this issue:

-Feel More Like a Referee than a Manager?

-Productivity Tips: Fun & Flexibility Boosts Productivity
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[eBook] Win the War for Talent in Today's Economy

[eBook] Win the War for Talent in Today's Economy

Recent statistics reinforce that while hiring remains sluggish, finding and keeping qualified, skilled workers is getting tougher. If you want to win the war for talent, read this eBook. It examines the true cost of turnover and outlines today's best retention strategies, geared to the unique needs of each of your workforce segments.
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Boost productivity this summer

Boost productivity this summer

In this issue:

-Want to Boost Employee Productivity? Look in the Mirror!

-To Be a Great Leader, Focus on Clarity in Communication

-Tools: ACA Information Sheet
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What's dirtier a keyboard or toilet?

What's dirtier a keyboard or toilet?

In this issue:

-Business lessons from the Staffing Industry Executive Forum

-Want to stay productive? Stay healthy!

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Is March Madness a good thing for your office??

Is March Madness a good thing for your office??

In this issue of Great Ideas:

-Creating Championship Teams for Your Business

-Take Control of Your Day--Before it Takes Control of You!

-Meetings & March Madness
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Free eBook: MBO for 2013

Free eBook: MBO for 2013

In this issue:

-The Shredder Ate my Report--Improve Performance with "Management by Objectives" (MBO)

-Productivity Tips: What's Out? Multitasking. What's In? Mindfulness!

-Case Study: Simplification. Streamlining. Single-source options.
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Welcome to the new Great Ideas!

Welcome to the new Great Ideas!

In this issue:

-Hiring in 2013? Key Talent Acquisition Trends to Watch

-Five Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Year Ever!

-Why questions can be your most powerful employee motivation tool.
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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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Stuff the Bird - Not Yourself!

Stuff the Bird - Not Yourself!

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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Very Impressive!

Very Impressive!

It's a cliche because it's true: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And when you're making that impression in front of a group, the stakes go up.
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Are You Making These Hiring Mistakes?

Are You Making These Hiring Mistakes?

Interviews are about more than asking questions. This checklist will show you 15 ways to assess your interviewing skills.
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"Want to do lunch?"

Setting the stage for the future success of any employee is crucial, and it begins at the beginning. And if you want your new employees to add value from the start, here's how to make it easy for them.
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How can we improve?

How can we improve?

Despite high unemployment, many companies are finding it increasingly difficult to hire and retain the best and brightest skilled employees for their organizations. Today, I would like to ask for your help in evaluating how our company can better address these challenges in the future.
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How to Win Customers and Influence Complainers

How to Win Customers and Influence Complainers

As Mad Men's Don Draper once famously said, "If you don't like what is being said about you, change the conversation." This month's edition of Great Ideas shows you the right way to do that using social media.
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Bored?! Check This Out!

Bored?! Check This Out!

Want to inspire your team without spending a fortune? Try these three ideas.
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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 Great Ideas. 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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The Idiot's Guide to Being the Boss

The Idiot's Guide to Being the Boss

In this article, you'll find nine simple rules--guidelines, if you will--for what to wear, how to act, what to say and what not to say when you're the boss.
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Got a Minute?

Got a Minute?

This month in Great Ideas, we'll show you how to find the time you need to reclaim your work week and get your job done--leaving you more time to enjoy your life.
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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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Do Performance Reviews Give You Performance Anxiety?

Do Performance Reviews Give You Performance Anxiety?

Be honest--would you rather go to the dentist than do employee performance reviews? This month's issue of Great Ideas is geared toward taking the stress out of that situation. Take a few minutes to read our collection of helpful hints and proven strategies below. I promise--it won't hurt a bit.
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To

To "E" or Not to "E," What is the Answer?

Research shows that employees who are offered opportunities to learn and advance their skills have higher productivity, better engagement and take more ownership in their performance. But when it comes to training, what is the best method? Classroom-based training is probably the most familiar to many of us, who grew up learning in a classroom. But e-learning uses the latest technology to share knowledge and training. What type of training is best for your organization?
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Forget about annual reviews!

Forget about annual reviews!

Keep productivity humming and results churning--plus keep your employees happier--with a defined performance management system.
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The truth about workplace diversity

The truth about workplace diversity

An organization's success and competitiveness depends upon its ability to embrace diversity and realize the benefits. But managing diversity is more challenging than it seems.
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Have you ever lied on a reference check?

Have you ever lied on a reference check?

Do you know the five steps to an effective and legal reference check? Not sure? Then check out this month's Great Idea.
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Great Ideas: 10 Interview Questions You Must Ask

Great Ideas: 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?
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Great Ideas: Temps are more than fill-ins

Great Ideas: Temps are more than fill-ins

Partnering with a staffing firm is more than just a good position fill, quality service or being responsive to business needs. Successful partnering brings long range strategic value to each organization, helping to increase productivity, control expenses and improve profitability.
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Great Ideas: Retain Your Best Employees

Great Ideas: Retain Your Best Employees

A recent survey found that 74% of workers would consider a new job opportunity. That's a decided jump from previous numbers. The survey identified three primary reasons why workers would consider changing jobs.
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Great Ideas: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Great Ideas: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Do you know what it takes to be an extraordinary leader? That's the subject of this month's issue of Great Ideas. I hope you'll really enjoy our feature article--it is essential reading if you're looking to hire and develop great leaders.
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Welcome to Great Ideas from Personnel Services

Welcome to Great Ideas from Personnel Services

As a leader, you know results and productivity are higher when people are committed to their work. But how do you get real buy-in from your team?
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