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Workforce Planning: What is It and Do I Need It? (Part 2)

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In our last post, we described what workforce planning is and when a company might need to implement one. This week we discuss the how of implementing your company’s workforce plan and whether your company might need one. If you’ve decided to implement a strategic workforce plan, here’s how to do so. 1) Make sure… Read more »


Workforce Planning: What is It and Do I Need It? (Part 1)

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If you’ve ever wondered what workforce planning is and if your business needs it, this article is for you. Actually, this article is the first of a two-part series on strategic workforce planning. This article will describe what workforce planning is, while next week’s post will discuss if your company should create and implement a… Read more »


Turning IT Professionals Into Great Department Leaders

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IT workers have a “reputation” of being the kind of people who thrive in dark rooms staring at a computer screens all day. They are purported to have poor people skills (after all, that’s why they went into IT, isn’t it?….) But like any generalization, this one is flawed. There probably are several IT professionals… Read more »



Recession-Proof Resumes: Get Hired Before Everyone Else

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When searching for a job in an economy of high unemployment, it’s critical that you craft a resume that stands out. It’s not that hard to do, especially when you keep in mind that your resume is a sales tool — you want an employer to be interested enough in your skills, background and education… Read more »


Motivation Secrets: Getting Beyond Pay Raises

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It takes more than money to motivate employees. In fact. while money is important to employee morale — workers need to be paid fairly for the skills and talents they bring to your company — it’s not the most important motivator. Not by a long shot In fact, the things that truly motivate people to… Read more »


How to Deal with Resource Shortages: The Value of Professional Temporary Help

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Business cycles ebb and flow, yet keeping a highly-paid professional employee on your payroll when things are slow may not be the best use of your company’s payroll dollars. Instead, consider using professional temporary professionals — think attorneys, financial analysts, marketing directors, even CEOs — to help you when the good times roll, but you’re… Read more »


Dealing with High Turnover: How to Fill in the Gaps and Stop Talent Loss

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Turnover happens. Whether your company is large or small or somewhere in between, employees leave. Some businesses experience a turnover that’s slow and steady, with employees leaving only because the commute is too long, there’s no room for advancement, their spouse has a terrific new job 200 miles away, etc. But for some companies, employee… Read more »


Getting Along with Difficult Coworkers

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Like it or not, a key to being successful in the workplace is learning how to get along with everyone, even the those who drive you crazy. Call them toxic, call them nuts, call them weird (and sometimes you also call them “boss”), learning how to enjoy your job and do your job well while… Read more »


Determining When It Really Is the “Right Time to Hire”

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As the economy shows signs of improving, you may start thinking of bringing on additional regular employees. Here are some tips to help you decide if it is indeed the “the right time to hire.” People are getting “testy.” Overwork will do that to a team. Once calm and composed people can turn sullen and… Read more »