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  By Steven R. Drexel, President, and CEO of Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc.   On Friday, October 6th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) released its monthly summary of labor market activity covering September of 2017. This was deemed to be a “throw-away” report since September was heavily influenced by Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and… Read more »

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  By Steven R. Drexel, President, and CEO of Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. As an Economist and seasoned staffing industry professional, I’m regularly asked to participate in several monthly surveys and discussions that predict key elements of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (“BLS”) press releases describing The Employment Situation.  The next release revealing September’s statistics… Read more »

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  We all make mistakes at work. It’s the way they are handled that makes the difference between a good and a bad employee. You might have grown up with people telling you “honesty is the best policy” – and while you should avoid lying about your mistakes, simply running to your supervisor and co-workers… Read more »

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The interview is the most significant step in the candidate selection process. The more productive an interview is, the easier it is for the potential employer to figure out if a candidate will be effective on the job. If an interviewer can learn key factors about candidates like character, skills, and experience, they can be… Read more »

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Asking about a candidate’s salary history is a standard hiring practice. By inquiring what each candidate made at each previous job, organizations can offer a salary that is in conjunction with what the applicant has made in the past. Some hiring personnel say they like asking for salary history because it helps avoid overpaying applicants…. Read more »

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Sadly, on-the-job accidents are all too common. On average, more than 2 million employees are injured each year to the point they cannot come back to work and need ongoing medical care. Because it’s a company’s responsibility to provide staff members with a safe environment, consider the following steps to avoid common workplace accidents. Discourage… Read more »

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Obviously, a company never wants to scare away talented professionals with their recruiting process, and yet – it happens all the time. Applicants are typically scared away by a lack of communication or failure on the part of the business to build a solid relationship. Understandably, human resources personnel and department managers have a lot… Read more »

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  By Steven R. Drexel, President, and CEO of Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc.   As an Economist and seasoned staffing industry professional, I’m regularly asked to participate in several monthly surveys and discussions that predict key elements of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (“BLS”) press releases describing The Employment Situation. The next release revealing August’s… Read more »

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  When it comes to a cell phone policy, many companies keep it short and sweet – banning cell phone usage whenever employees are “on the clock.” However, an outright ban can seem overly harsh, and if those in management are excluded from such a policy, it can seem hypocritical. Furthermore, workers may need to… Read more »

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  Although generational stereotypes – Millennials are entitled or Baby Boomers have low computer skills – are more socially tolerated than other stereotypes, they are still damaging to your organization. Reinforcing these stereotypes can have serious impacts on employee engagement and productivity, as it makes collaboration across generations more difficult than it needs to be…. Read more »