2012 Arizona Employment Statistics

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As we all know, Arizona was not immune to the country’s economic struggles over the last few years. With that said, The Arizona Department of Administration’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics has shared some very positive signs and encouraging trends: And, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale unemployment rates… Read more »

Top 3 Trends in Employee Recognition You Need to Know

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By Razor Suleman New year. New you. New problems? No thanks. Well, that fresh attitude may have sufficed for the dawn of 2012. But now that we’re a little bit deeper into the year, it’s time to shake off that idealistic approach to this year’s workplace. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment. For… Read more »

Managing, Recruiting and Retaining Generation Y Talent

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What do you think of when you hear the term “Generation Y”? Diverse?  Entitled?  Informal?  Opinionated? No matter how you view this dynamic group of individuals, one thing is certain – you must adapt your hiring and interviewing strategies to attract and retain the best. Diverse, demanding and socially aware, millenials are creating a major… Read more »

How to Handle Employee Tardiness

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Chronically late. Strolling in at the crack of noon. Full of excuses. Quite frankly, the whole situation is a serious pain in the neck. While you may not be experiencing one now, you certainly will at some point in your management career. Some might be easier to cure, others not so much (or not at… Read more »

Welcome to the “Work More” Economy

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All work and little play makes for resentful employees. It also creates anxious, more mistake-prone workers. And these problems are on the rise as the economy continues to stagnate and more employees are taking the hit of reduced workforces, salaries and expenditures. Since the recession began in 2007, companies have grown but have avoided hiring… Read more »

Behavioral Interviewing Tips: How to Hire Good Employees

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re being interviewed for a position and it’s going pretty well until you get asked, “Give me an example when you had to persuade a co-worker to see things your way.” Or, what about this, “Tell me about a time you set a goal and what was the outcome?”… Read more »

10 Teambuilding Exercises

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Given the varied personalities, communication skills and personal agendas everyone brings with them, getting your team to work cooperatively can be a challenge. Experiential team building was hot awhile back. The team would travel off-site for a “fun” day of rope games and unusual problem solving, typically at an outdoor education center. But there was… Read more »

7 Tips For Developing Your Workforce

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It’s no secret that your staff’s performance can make or break the success of your business. But how do you get your people to be top performers? While there are lots of ways you can reward and motivate people, the best way to drive long-term performance is to take a holistic approach to managing your… Read more »

Can temporary employees drive profits?

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The old notion that temporary employees are just for last minute fill-ins is out. Using temporaries strategically to drive profits is in. When used strategically, temporary employees can reduce payroll and benefits costs, cut overtime expenses, eliminate overcapacity, free key staff, increase productivity, and allow businesses to capitalize on new opportunities–all with less business risk… Read more »

Control Costs with Strategic Staffing

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What business isn’t looking to control expenses? Staffing firms offer many effective solutions for reducing overhead, managing operating costs and improving organizational performance. Used effectively, staffing services can save you more than they cost. Here are some key ways you can use staffing to reduce costs in your organization: Convert fixed expenses to variable. Develop… Read more »