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Back to Basics: How to Maintain a Work-Life Balance in a Nonstop World

With the economy booming and the lowest unemployment seen in decades, more workers than ever before are joining the workforce.  There has also been a gradual increase in the number of hours that people are expected to work. Though more people are working, the wages have remained stagnant so people are working harder and longer, and often multiple jobs. But why do you go to work? Many people put their family first, or perhaps it’s

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Understanding the Gig Economy: Perspective and Knowledge are Power

‘Gig working’ is a modern term for part-time work or working as an independent contractor. If there’s a distinction between working as an independent contractor and the new gig economy, it’s that in the gig economy you tend to work on a large number of small contracts (a ‘gig’) rather than one or two large contracts. While independent contracting has been popular for decades, the recent advances in technology have allowed independent work to thrive,

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4 Thought-Provoking Workplace Statistics

How can we make the workplace better for all people while improving performance across the board? Many studies, research projects, and surveys have been undertaken to find the fastest route to the utopian workplace, and some of the findings may surprise you. 61% of Employees Are More Productive in a Relaxed Dress Code Environment A three-week social experiment sought to discover whether a formal or more relaxed dress code resulted in better productivity.  One might

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How to Build Trust in the Workplace

Step into a meeting room of business leaders looking to maximize profit for the company and you will no doubt hear heated discussions on the allocation of funds, profit margins, market penetration, brand identity, time-to-market, and a whole post of ideas trying to maximize the efficiency of the workforce. What you’ll rarely hear is a discussion on one of the most important factors in the success of any business — trust. Trust in business comes

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How to Properly Prepare for any Co-worker’s Departure

It can be a stressful time for a business after receiving an employee’s two-week notice, particularly if the departure is unexpected and the employee has duties that only they are trained in. The success of a company is never determined by one person alone, but if proper procedures are not in place from the beginning, then a business can greatly suffer when an employee is lost. An employee leaving, especially one in an integral role

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Understanding Recruitment: Five Terms You Should Know

Recruitment managers must be versatile and aware of changing trends in the industry to stay ahead.  As technology continues to replace human workers and create new jobs in the technology sector, it is bringing with it a new wave of potential in the talent pool.  For example, the rise of the work-home-model is even beginning to take precedence in government jobs where employees can now do their eight-hour shifts from their home computers. This brought

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The Power of Professional Storytelling

Belief systems and mythical stories have risen from one generation to another, passed along by the power of storytelling — and it’s as important as ever in our ultra-social, technological, and sophisticated world.  Facts, numbers and raw data don’t make quite the impact on people that a charming or enthusiastic story can. Humans are almost hardwired to seek out amusing tales and anecdotes — that’s why books and movies are so popular. Professionals such as

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How to Combat First Impression Bias While Interviewing

First impressions only happen once. There is no way to go back in time and re-do the first time you met someone. We are also very strongly attuned to rely on our first impressions, and this can blindside us if our original impression is wrong.  In the hiring process, understanding this is an important aspect of being a good interviewer. By being aware of your personal first impression bias, you can learn to negate its

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Why Your Out Of Office Messaging Matters

Summer is upon us, and with end-of-summer holiday weekends and perhaps PTO you have yet to take advantage of, you may find yourself out of the office (and in need of an effective message to let others know!) While experts say (and employers tend to believe) that time-off is a necessary part of a functional work-life balance, it is nearly impossible in this digital era to be completely “off the grid” and there is likely

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Stay Relevant in the Workplace — Identify as a Learner

In 2013, a study from Oxford University about the future of work concluded with the controversial prediction that 47% of all jobs are at risk of being eliminated by artificial intelligence and automation. A more recent study from the University of Mannheim suggested a more modest figure, just 9%.  Even if the lower figure is more accurate, it’s still quite sobering as we finish the tenth (and what some economists consider the last) year of

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