Category: HR Advice and Tools

Five Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

November 15th, 2013

When interviewing job candidates, it is of utmost importance to determine whether or not they are qualified for the position. It is also only natural to want to know more about the candidates on a personal level when deciding if they will be a good fit for your company and its culture. Although you may… Read more »

‘Tis the Season to Start Planning Your Seasonal Hiring

October 17th, 2013

Although it may still seem early, the holiday season is just around the corner for many small businesses throughout Odessa. Hiring seasonal employees has become a common practice to help facilitate hectic holiday demands, especially in industries such as administrative, clerical, retail, sales and customer service. This stressful season can often lead to hiring managers… Read more »

Reach Business Goals by Bringing on Temporary Workers

September 6th, 2013

Hiring a long-term permanent employee may not always be the right solution for your company’s needs. Sometimes valued employees need to take an extended leave of absence for medical reasons or other issues, with plans to return after a determined amount of time. Other times, finding the perfect employee to hire can be more than… Read more »

Workplace Safety: Is Your Company (and Workers) Safe?

August 16th, 2013

Providing a safe and healthy work environment is imperative for protecting employees from harm and maintaining OSHA compliance; however, workplace safety also greatly impacts productivity, company morale, and bottom line. A sick or injured employee is costly in many areas including business services and output, insurance fees, and general employee job satisfaction.  Although there is… Read more »

A Long Hiring Wish List Doesn’t Mean a Better Hire

June 14th, 2013

Creating a hiring wish list is a great way to provide yourself with a visual of what exactly you are looking for in an employee. While including specifics in your wish list can be helpful, it can also become far too easy to wander into dangerous territory, especially when your list keeps growing. The longer… Read more »

Why Your Recruiting Process Needs to be Streamlined and Focused

May 17th, 2013

The statistics may sound shocking, but recent studies show that 35- 50% of job offers to top candidates are turned down. Why? For many job candidates, the recruiting process is simply too long. The longer the process takes, the more likely it is that the candidate will receive a solid job offer from a competitor.… Read more »

Hiring? Then Avoid Making These Interview Process Mistakes

April 16th, 2013

Hiring can be both an art and a science rolled into one. While mastering this key skill can greatly benefit your business’s productivity, efficiency, and profits, making poor hiring decisions that lead to bringing the wrong employee on board can be extremely detrimental to your company as a whole. Not only do hiring mistakes prevent… Read more »

Helping Your Employees Beat the Winter Blues

March 15th, 2013

Regardless of where you live in the U.S. and what weather you may get to enjoy, the winter months can cause the workplace blues to set in. This may cause your employees to fall culprit to decreased motivation for even the most hardworking employees. With lowered rates of activity and less sunlight, winter is often… Read more »

Need to Hire? Consider Direct Hire!

February 14th, 2013

Hiring is a big decision as well as a commitment. You are bringing someone fresh and new on board to your company and putting your trust in them to do the job right with diligence and professionalism. Different types of hires can be made, such as contract employees or temporary-to-hire employees, but what about direct… Read more »

During 2013, Stop Being a “Boss” and Start Being a Teacher

January 14th, 2013

Countless theories circulate on best practices for being an effective small business owner. To cultivate a “now” world of business, possibly the most important move to make is to shift from the role of boss to the role of teacher. Providing your employees with quick answers will help them with their current challenge, however, actions… Read more »



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