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Common Mistakes Companies Make when Hiring

Hiring the right talent is not an exact science: it takes finesse, experience, and a little bit of luck, and at some point everyone is going to make a mistake and hire the wrong person.  Company culture and the type of position being filled also play a role in hiring practices, which adds to the difficulty of creating a one-size-fits-all approach to hiring the perfect candidate every time.  Our hiring experts have, however, noticed a couple of common mistakes companies make during the hiring process, so this week they’ve put together a list of some of the more prominent errors and some simple fixes.

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Tips for Reducing Workplace Stress

We all suffer from workplace stress from time to time, especially in today’s fast-paced environment where you are expected to take on a lot of responsibilities and have constant access to your phone and e-mail.  Here is a simple list of quick steps you can take to help you change the way you approach your work—and your coworkers—and lower your stress levels, making you more relaxed, positive, and productive around the office.

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Thoughts on Career Satisfaction

Over the last few weeks we’ve been focusing our articles on non-monetary incentives employers can provide to attract and retain talented workers during a budget crunch, so it’s time to turn the tables and focus on employees and the things they can do to increase career satisfaction.  The difficult job market might make you feel like you need to pounce on the first opportunity that comes along, regardless of whether or not you have any interest in the field or the job itself.  While this may be the case, at least temporarily, there are definitely some steps you can take to increase your career satisfaction in the long run!

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Building Employee Engagement

In today’s world of budget cuts and economic uncertainty, it’s no surprise that employee engagement is dropping.  Companies are being forced to do more with less, and often that means demanding more of employees without being able to provide bonuses or raises.  This, in turn, is making many employees feel overwhelmed and overworked, and this stress can lead to disengagement and loss of passion at the office.  With this in mind, Potomac Recruiting has come up with some simple tips every manager can incorporate to boost engagement without breaking the bank!

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The Importance of Creating a Culture of Ethics

In today’s business world, more than ever, it is crucial that business leaders establish a culture of ethical behavior within their workplace.

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Legal Matter or Personnel Problem?

Identifying Risks Occurring Within the Employment Relationship

The relationship between an employer and its employees is fraught with many risks, especially for the unwary employer.  These risks include both legal risks, or the risks associated with the laws that govern the employer-employee relationship, and human resource risks, or those associated with human capital issues like hiring qualified employees, administering pay and benefits, and disciplining and terminating employees; both types of risk must be taken into account to effectively manage the employment relationship, as they necessitate different courses of action.  Managing legal risks involves ensuring compliance with all employment laws and statutes, while managing human capital risks involves following best practices in HR to ensure that the employer has the ability to hire the right people, encourage proper performance—and correct performance if necessary—and discipline, or even fire, problem employees.

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Hiring the Résumé, not the Candidate, and Other Common Mistakes Government Contractors Can Make

The hiring process is difficult and stressful, whether you’re an experienced HR professional with years of experience or you’re interviewing your very first candidate, and there are numerous financial and legal pitfalls to navigate. 

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