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Employers have provided multiple devices and a plethora of apps and tools to their employees with the intention of making work easier. However, a new study by GoTo may prove they are having the exact opposite effect. Productivity is taking a dive as personal devices interrupt employees with messages from home and too many computer programs get in the way of focus. Costly mistakes are being made as a result of employees being constantly distracted. Diversions from...

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When you are interviewing a candidate for a position, have you ever considered what information you seek to know about that candidate? Here is your list: Cognitive ability, knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, values, beliefs, interest in the work, physical health, mental health (emotional maturity), behavioral drives, and motivating needs. Plus, when obtaining such information, you must match all of it to what you want accomplished in the job and how the job is to be...

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The challenge for sales... Salespeople turnover averages around 34.7% per year in the United States. A modest amount of turnover can be healthy -- every company has poor performers that need to be removed. However, turnover rates nearing 35% can be expensive, requiring the costs of acquiring a replacement, onboarding a new person, lost sales productivity, customer service dissatisfaction and errors, as well as lost engagement. The average cost-per-hire is $4,129, while the average time it takes...

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Much like life, workplace culture is made up of many moving parts, experiences and individuals. Success and problems are bigger than just one person, toxic or not. “Unsatisfying work is a product of an unsatisfying workplace,” writes SHRM’s CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. in a recent article, Conversations That Change Culture in the summer issue of SHRM’s HR Magazine. Are you looking at your culture for your successes and opportunities to improve? Or are you focused...

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Categories: Talent Optimization

PI Midlantic recently welcomed two new beautiful babies to our extended family. Our Client Success Manager, Clayton Ramsey and his wife, Sarah, had a baby girl, Scarlett, on May 24th. Our Marketing Consultant, Stephanie McGuinn and her husband, Shawn, had a baby boy, Jack, on March 15th. With the new additions, we’ve been reflecting on challenges that come with returning to work after having a baby. From paid leave, to pumping at work, to engagement at work, having your...

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Categories: Employee Engagement

Unemployment is currently very low in the US. That’s great news for everyone, right? Well, it’s great for the economy, but it can make employee retention difficult for business owners. Fortunately, there are strategies employers can use to keep their employees enthusiastic and engaged. In this article, we discuss how to create a culture that excites, come up with personalized employee perks, and maintain an onboarding program that integrates employees into the company in a way...

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Annapolis, MD—PI Midlantic client, Salamander Resort & Spa, the luxe Virginia property owned by Sheila Johnson, has been awarded the prestigious Five-Star Rating by the Forbes Travel Guide for the first time. This places the Middleburg, Va., resort and spa among the world’s most sought-after elite luxury hotels and resorts.  The gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958, the Forbes Five-Star ratings are based on professional, anonymous inspections. In other words, secret shoppers visit and inspect the...

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Categories: Predictive Index

Work/Life balance has been debated so often that it has become a tired cliché and lost its significance. Those who prescribe to its existence suggest one must recognize the four life quadrants, work, family, friends and self, and weight them equally to achieve real balance. Recent developments have pointed to work/life rhythm as an alternative. This concept points more to an ebb and flow rather than constant balance where all components are equally stressed or relaxed...

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If this month did not end as well as you had hoped, or you are looking to find ways to ramp an already good month for the remainder of the year, then you need to look inward.  By that, I mean your most likely underutilized asset - your people. If you are like most companies, you have had some success in hiring over the last few years, but also can look back on a few hires...

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Earlier this month I had the privilege of meeting Marcus Buckingham and hearing him speak about his latest book, “The Nine Lies About Work” (A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World). Not only was Marcus an engaging and interesting speaker with a great sense of humor, he challenged my thinking (and the thinking of the people I’d invited to join me) about many long-held beliefs about the “right way” to do business. I encourage you...

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