Where’s the Limit on Appeasing Different Personality Types in the Workplace?

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The obvious function of any behavioral assessment during the recruiting process is to see if a candidate fits the soft skills side of the job they are interviewing for. Recruiters or hiring managers can take results from a behavioral assessment and tailor interview questions to dig into any red flags they might see. One often overlooked use […]

Rude, Late, and Unprepared: How To Manage Up The Soft Skills of Your Team

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Soft skills are defined as the “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” In the workplace, this translates to an employee’s ability to communicate effectively, prioritize efficiently, deal with their teammates positively, and so much more. Let’s face it. We expect our employees to come into the workforce with all […]

Gamification In The Workplace

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Gamification is that buzzword that no one knows what to do with. It’s vague, ambiguous, and sounds dangerously close to a crock of BS. Employees turning work into games? Uh, not on my watch. But, if you don’t know by now, everything in the workplace—including buzzwords—is not always as it seems. The word “gamification” can be traced […]

Building an Internal Communication Plan To Engage Your Team

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As an HR leader in today’s ever-changing work environment, one of the key things you should be focused on is building a strong internal communication plan that benefits all members of your team. With more employees working remotely or having flex schedules, it’s important to put a structure in place that allows for effective communication […]

Consistent Positive Feedback is Important for When Things Are Going Bad

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There’s a delicate balancing act in the game of providing feedback to your employees…or, at least, there should be. Let’s illustrate why by taking a look into a scene I call: average day in corporate America. Manager: Employee, can you do this for me? Employee does the thing accurately and on time. Manager: Employee, can you do […]

Trolling Your Staff for Trolls

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What Are Trolls? Internet trolls are an abundant and unfortunate byproduct of the internet’s unlimited amounts of communication and anonymity. In the early days of the internet, trolls were limited to message boards and the term was saved for users who had anonymous profile images and usernames that went around causing trouble for the sake of it. As the internet has […]

What Your HR Department Can Learn From Trump’s First Months

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Don’t worry. This isn’t going to be an overtly political post where I launch into a diatribe on the positives or negatives of our current president, Donald Trump. We’re going to take an objective look at the actions taken by the Trump administration during his first months on the job and find lessons that will […]

Lessons and Advice From One Young Manager to Another

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At Kinetix, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to best set up our managers of people for success. We rely on our managers to lead our recruiting teams and other departments crucial to our success as a business. Within that framework, we have quite a few young managers on our team, myself […]

The Academy Award for Employee Recognition Goes To…

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If you are like most of America, you tuned in last night to watch The Oscars. If you are particularly daring, you probably made it all the way until the end to watch one of the most awkward recognition moments in Academy Award history as it was happening. Whether it was done for ratings or […]

How to Build a Recognition Program at Your Company

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Even the best of company leaders struggle with adequately recognizing their employees’ accomplishments. A cynical (see also: not great) leader might argue that they pay their employees—isn’t that enough? But when your employees go above and beyond and/or consistently perform, they deserve some type of special recognition. If doing it because it’s what good leaders should […]