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Performance management is a major topic of discussion among HR professionals right now, with the debate largely centered around how annual performance reviews can be transformed to serve both managers and employees better. Many companies have decided to ditch the annual review process altogether, while others are opting to stick with this old-fashioned technique. Only 8 percent of companies believe their current performance management processes are highly effective in driving business value, while 58 percent say their performance management processes are not an effective use o
by: HELGI HERMANNSSON Recruiting the right staff can mean the difference between success and failure in the restaurant industry. No matter how good your food or how lavish your decorations, if you don’t have the right staff to make those things shine, your tables will be empty. So, yes, there is a lot riding on your staffing decisions. Though this may make recruiting sound like a difficult job, it doesn’t have to be. If you adhere to a few key strategies and use the right tools to pull from the right places, the recruiting process won’t be a drain on y
by: BOB MCINTOSH During one of my morning walks, I listened to a great podcast from NPR about the seven deadly sins. As with many times when I hear a story, read an article, or see an event, I began to think about the job search. There are actions – or a lack thereof – that can affect your job search in negative ways. I wouldn’t call them “deadly,” but they are certainly “sins” to avoid in the job search. 1. Apathy Too often, job seekers tell me they are just starting a search after exhausting their six-month severance. At thi
From listmaking to tracking emails and digitally dog-earing pages for later reading, a new set of tools is helping me take care of my business more efficiently in 2017. Productivity is important when you're building a business on the side. My friends sometimes joke that I must possess some sort of superpower to study dentistry while growing my company. Actually, there's nothing superhuman about it. I have the same 24 hours everyone else does each day. But I'm always striving to get the most out of my time, and I use tools such as this personalized chec
Photo of person on laptop courtesy of Hero Images/Getty Images. by KAT BOOGAARD A few years ago, I was submitting my materials for a marketing position I was particularly excited about. I’d researched the agency, tailored my resume, and written an attention-grabbing cover letter. So, I finally took a deep breath, pressed “send,” and was prepared to spend the next few weeks compulsively checking my inbox. Then I saw it: Instead of putting my name as “Kat” at the bottom of the email, I’d made a major typo and signed my name as “Kart.”
You know you need to research the company before your interview. It’ll help you discover any questions you have about working there. Plus, taking time to prepare shows the hiring manager you take this seriously But there’s more to do than reviewing the company’s about page. You’ll also want to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the industry. You should follow multiple companies in the field on social media, subscribe to industry newsletters, and learn what everyone in that sector reads. (And if you’re unsure of which leaders to follow and what n
Image credit: Shutterstock' by: JEFFREY HAYZLETT As entrepreneurs, we dream of being our own boss, breaking away from corporate restrictions and pursuing our passion as a business venture. We work long hours, often sacrificing family time and other obligations to do what we feel is in our blood. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone, but once we start on that journey, we’re not turning back -- no matter how bumpy the road gets. If being an entrepreneur is your goal, congrats. Now, what? Start writing down your goals.
The only way to expand what is possible is by taking back your power from the doubts holding you back. Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images The majority of the thoughts we think each day are unconscious and unmanaged. When our thoughts are unmanaged, they are almost always negative. Self-talk tends to be deeply rooted in and attached to past feelings and experiences. When we become reactive, our inner dialogue naturally becomes negative and self-recriminating. These thoughts can be challenging to address because they don’t always seem obvious to us wh
Most people wait too long to leave a bad job and their health and sanity suffer. Image credit: Shutterstock If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the right company, pursuing the right opportunity. Bad management does not discriminate based on salary or job title. A Fortune 500 executive team can experience more dissatisfaction and turnover than the baristas at a local coffee shop. The more demanding your job is and the less control you have over what you do,
Photo of people walking courtesy of Paul Bradbury/Getty Images. by : KAT BOOGAARD You have a job interview fast approaching, and that jittery feeling is already brewing in the pit of your stomach. Sure, there’s plenty to be nervous about. You’re worried about being able to make it to the office on time without getting lost or stuck in traffic. You’re anxiously preparing answers to common interview questions so you can knock your responses out of the park. You’ve researched the company relentlessly, selected your perfect interview outfit, and even