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Surefire Tips for Email Response

Surefire Tips for Email Response Surefire Tips for Email Response Do you get far more email than you can process? Odds are your boss, the hiring manager or whomever you are sending your important email to gets as much or more. What does it take to get your email seen, read, and responded to?  When do attention-getting email antics backfire?   These email tips will help in getting the response you're hoping for. Email – 7 Golden Rules (Beyond the Basics) Consider the purpose of your communication before you begin. Know what you want your recipient to do or know [...]

2017-11-14T19:34:13+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Career Advice, Management Tools & Tips, Networking|0 Comments

Telecommuting – community, tools and communication

Telecommuting -- community, tools, and communication Telecommuting – community, tools and communication The talent war is real. Increasingly, talent-management savvy employers recognize the potential of telecommuting to provide them with a competitive edge (http://bit.ly/2vyfPlW) whether it’s for global teams, attracting talent to high cost-of-living areas or retaining legacy knowledge. Widespread as telecommuting has become, you still need to get a handle on the nitty-gritty practical knowledge about what makes telecommuting tick (or tank): Is telecommuting cost effective? How does it really work? What separates telecommuting winners from losers? What counter-intuitive habit is crucial for robust remote teams? When [...]

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you?

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you? Telecommuting, good for companies and good for employees Wondering what all the fuss over telecommuting is all about? How big is it — really (and why)? What’s in it for you? Why should — or shouldn’t — you consider telecommuting for yourself or your company? Telecommuting - the Debate Is Hot & Getting Hotter Recent telecommuting snippets and statistics are rife with contradictions…. "Telecommuting Grows 159%." http://bit.ly/2pxQ9DN IBM insists, “Everyone in this marketing group must live in one place." http://bit.ly/2nNt1A3 "Yahoo reverses its telecommuting policy…."  http://for.tn/1NYAxCe Telecommuting — Some Basic Facts Whether [...]

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success? Could humor be your key to success? If the best part of your job is that the chair swivels… sadly, you’re probably not alone. We’re an overly serious lot when it comes to work.  According research noted in Harvard Business Review http://bit.ly/1Nav9r5  The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! http://bit.ly/1uIEd2u Far less during the week than on weekends Yet the downside to this dearth of happiness is no laughing matter.  Seriously, good fun at work is good for business. Funny Business?  No Joke [...]

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict? Did you know the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with workplace conflict? That’s up to two days a week of manager’s time, according to a Washington Business Journal report. When this insidious productivity killer runs amok, its sneaky, underlying destructiveness can be as carefully hidden as “Game of Thrones” backroom machinations.  Typically, by the time workplace conflict is observed and addressed, too late – if it’s ever addressed at all. Conflict is not always bad; sometimes it’s […]

2017-10-02T20:48:18+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Leadership, Management Tools & Tips|0 Comments

What Do Reference Checks Really Reveal?

Do You Know Who You’re Hiring? What do reference checks really reveal? After what seems like an eternity, at last you’ve found the perfect candidate.  The whole interviewing team is on board.  Your hiring approval is granted and you’re about to make an offer. It’s almost too good to be true. Maybe it is. That’s where reference checks come in. Even if your company policy doesn’t require a reference check Do it anyway. Every time. The same way. With every candidate. With complete, documented results. After all, would you rather find out your star [...]

2017-08-22T21:01:31+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Management Tools & Tips|2 Comments

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. 

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. Recreational pot smoking is now legal in four states in the US. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 (and counting) states. The trend seems clear – if medical and/or recreational marijuana is not currently legal in your state, it’s likely to become so in the relatively near future. But what does that mean for employers and employees in those states? Is it a free-for-all?  Can you legally smoke or consume marijuana, more commonly referred to as "pot" any place, any time?  What are employee “rights”? Are employers now required to [...]

Wooing Technology Talent’s Different

IT Tech Recruiting, Recruiter Required Wooing technology talent is different.  Overall, most employers are still behaving as if they’re in the driver’s seat.  Yet, while last month’s Condor Report (Today’s 6 Hot Hiring Trends:  Who’s On Top Now?) revealed, in general, that only a small percentage of companies use recruiters for hiring, the fact is that high tech’s different.  The time was ripe for much more than third party research. Thanks to probing personal conversations with savvy tech hiring managers (whose identities are withheld for brevity and privacy’s sake) I’m able to share their candid, powerful hiring [...]

2017-11-14T19:57:09+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Management Tools & Tips, Recruiting|1 Comment

Talent Keepers

How to keep the good ones Hint: In the IT Industry, it’s not about the money! Talent Retention During the heady days of the .com boom, tech talent retention escalated to previously unseen levels.  Employees were offered huge retention bonuses, big screen TVs, computers, even cars were given away in huge numbers.  Salaries were adjusted up not just once or even twice a year, but sometimes quarterly and even monthly.   Remember those days? Today we are rebounding from the worst economic crisis in recent history.  As the economy heats up and we re-enter a candidate-driven market, [...]

I Quit!

Are YOUR employees happy? Employee Preparing to Quit In the IT Industry if you’re paying attention, it should never come as a surprise that a key employee leaves. Most employees who are thinking of leaving will tip their hand in one way or another. Here are some telltale signs. Noticeable change in attitude. If an active and involved employee becomes passive and uncaring it may mean that the employee figures it’s a waste of time and energy to make waves. Sharp increase in personal phone calls. They may be making arrangements for interviews or conducting telephone interviews. Less [...]