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Is it OK to have a company Christmas tree? HR speaks out

company christmas tree

No trees were cut, bound, lashed, or had melted candle wax dripped on them

Company Christmas tree

With so much sensitivity in the workplace and so much insensitivity in the political arena, I thought I would update a classic post. Every year, I am asked an age-old HR question. “Can we have a company Christmas tree at work”.

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Remote worker, why some companies allow it and why others don’t want to

remote worker

Effective remote workers in their element

How the remote worker can demonstrate success

Do you want to be a remote worker? With evolving workforces and the new technologies entering the job market, one common perk in a comp package is the ability to work as a remote employee.

There are several reasons this request is made by a candidate or existing employee: 

  • The employee doesn’t have to worry about a commute
  • Independent workers who don’t interact with customers don’t have the need to be in the office
  • Laptops were a game changer and technology has made communication seamless with programs like Skype,
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A different attitude towards workplace diversity

workplace diversity

Let there be cake!

Disclaimer: *The following story is a true workplace diversity story. I wrote the below post which was uploaded on our company website and am reposting it here with permission. The names have been omitted to protect from poaching. 

Celebrate

Today, one of our Senior Developers brought in carrot cake for the entire company. 

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What is your desired salary?

desired salary

Will your answer to the Desired Salary question make it rain?

We know the Desired Salary question is coming

“What is your desired salary question?” Ever worried if your number was too high or too low when interviewing for your dream job? Ever wonder if you are disqualifying yourself or leaving money on the table?  

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Company compensation philosophy and how it effects your desired salary

Compensation philosophy

A compensation philosophy isn’t just about the Benjamins

The interview question of questions

I don’t think a week goes by where I am asked how to answer the standard interview question “What is your desired salary?”  Truthfully, I don’t hear about it this topic in the form of a question, I hear about it in the form of an accusation.

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Why most employees are expendable vs. promotable? A VP speaks out.

Are you promotable?

Are you Promotable or Expendable at your job?

Ninety percent of employees feel they are promotable. In reality, from a manager’s standpoint, 90 percent of employees fall into category number 2 and 3 listed below.

  1. Promotable: Employee is ready to be promoted or has the potential to be promoted.
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What to do when we realize we provided the wrong interview answer

wrong interview answer

Uhh yeah, wrong answer. How do you recover?

Wrong Interview Answer

What do you do when you realize that you provided the wrong interview answer? What do you do when you realize we could have answered an interview question more effectively after we have left the interview.

We have all done it.

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Job Reference follow up

job reference follow up

A beautiful gesture!

Job reference follow up

You would be surprised how many candidates unintentionally burn bridges with their references after the job was landed. Don’t think it was you? If we are not reaching out with updates to these important contacts, that bridge may be burned. Today’s post is part three in a series of three posts on the topic of handling our references: how to strengthen the bond between us the candidate and our reference.

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Control what your job references say about you

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Direct what is said in your references checks

Controlling the reference checks conversation

For most of us, the reference checks stage of a job search either scare us shitless or we don’t realize how important this step is. Depending on our personality type, we think of one of two things when it comes to reference checks.

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How many job references?

job references

Is your recruiter able to reach the 2 job references you provided?

How many job references should I provide? 

Congrats! We landed a job offer and the hiring company is going to check your job references. Today, I want us to think about providing more than the ho-hum, standard 2-3 job references that the hiring company requested. 

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The critical missed step when candidates ask question in a job interview

This interviewer is thinking, “He had the job until he asked me these candidate interview questions.”

Today’s post explains how candidates can have a great interview. The hiring manager is thinking “this candidate is the one”.  Then, in the last 10 minutes, the candidate loses the job because of the candidate interview questions they asked.

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