You Lead Meetings, But How Do Fillers or Crutch Words Make You Look? You May Be Surprised

fillers and crutch words

We know, we know, fillers (also called ‘crutch words’) are the conversational equivalent of biting our nails and showing up to work in a bathrobe; they make us look less competent…right? Google Caroline Kennedy’s interview for the 2008 New York Senate election. One person counted a painful 27 “ums” and 38 uses of “you know”. […]

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Learn From Coachella: Why Hiring Needs to Be Branded

hiring has to be branded

And Coachella kicks off! One of the world’s most renowned music festivals not only means the homecoming of world-class artists like Beyonce and Cardi B.,  it’s a marketing blitz-goldmine-paradise for brands. Companies like, Marriott Hotels, Absolut Vodka, and H&M, push incredible feats of advertising through paid social media posts and branded lounges. People want to

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“Absence of Fact Management” Spotlights: Lies From Your Childhood

lies of your childhood

At absence.io, we understand how to give companies the easiest experience in managing planned (and unplanned) team absences. Companies like MyTheresa and Check24 choose us for optimal, reliable absence management. Reliability is exactly what the world needs more of today—especially when it comes to facts. After all, wasn’t 2017’s Phrase of the Year, “fake news”? To

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Hiring From Academia for Your Tech Company? Here’s What You Need to Consider

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Technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies are leading choices for scientists and researchers, studies find. In fact, it’s a little overwhelming. More than 50 percent of survey respondents would welcome office life. Instead of continuing climbing the ladder of academia, they’re interested in industry positions. They’re obviously motivated, skilled, and smart— what’s to consider when hiring

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If You Run a Company, Elon Musk Wants You to Watch This AI Documentary

child and robot

If you’ve been the owner of an Apple product, like an iPhone or iPod (RIP), you may faintly recall the small alert, “Trust this computer”. When you’re setting up your device for the first time, this alert is quickly brushed aside. Of course you trust this computer—you just bought it! You’re set to play with

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14 Too True (Mostly Harmless) Thoughts You’ve Had at Work

thoughts you had at work

We get it. Even if you’re employed in the most friendliest, most supportive of corporate cultures…there are…moments. Moments of self-doubt as you re-work your proposal’s presentation for the fourth time. Moments of frustration when working with that particular team member. Moments when you consider calling the police and declaring yourself a hostage of stupidity. Hey,

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Neuroscientist Says These are the 4 Most Important Decisions to Make at Work

most important decisions to make at work

Humans are often called on to make smart decisions. However, in truth, we don’t excel at wise decision making. Given the deluge of information we consciously and subconsciously ingest, our judgement may not always be on target. When we’re at work, we aim to make only the right decisions — and yet, we often miss

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The Funny Out of Office Message: “Out-spiration” to Help You Craft Your Own

funny dog is out of office

Hopefully, your company possesses a culture that prizes a bit of humor in the day-to-day. The out of office message has proved a boon in showing off employee personality. After all, why not inject a bit of fun? We’ve scoured the web and found some inspiration, or should we say, “out-spiration”? If you’re trying to

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Let Your Creativity Take the Reigns: Setting Up a Complete Employee Onboarding Process

a successful employee onboarding process

Everyone at your company plays a vital run—and it’s doubly important new hires are inducted effectively and swiftly into the ranks. Employee onboarding goes beyond simple training; it’s the best way to make a tip-top welcome to the company and retain your talent. It also enhances employee performance by up to 11 percent, in a

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Workplace Horror: Have You Said These 5 Deadly Phrases to Employees?

workplace horror

Mean bosses tend to make great material for movies and TV — looking at you, Horrible Bosses.  But it’s the caring boss that tends to move mountains. Actually, it pays to be a nice boss. Sure you’ve heard people value working with thoughtful coworkers. However it’s not a platitude. In fact, 60 percent of employees

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Feeling Scattered Managing a Remote Team? Here are the Top 3 Priorities and Tools You Need

remote team

Companies, big and small, have quickly figured out hiring remote workers cuts significant costs and avoids hefty bureaucracy. Remote workers are supposed to deliver results, not count hours. Hiring remote remains one of the most scaleable solutions for a fast-growing organization. The trick is: how can a manager best oversee remote team members? 1. Set

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No Employee Recognition Program? We’ve Got You Covered

employee recognition program

What’s so important about implementing an employee recognition program? Well, everything. Companies that prioritize recognition are prioritizing the values that make up a successful company. 1. It fosters a culture of intentional communication. 2. It improves retention of key employees and is valuable in a recruiting strategy. 3. It reinforces the company’s values. How do

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The Ultimate Employee File: The Complete Checklist

the ultimate employee file

Keeping an up-to-date employee file is the backbone of effective employee management. A healthy company understands it acts a hedge or protection in a corporate courtroom. Employee records are the documents that relate the work history, employment application and contract, and exit interview. It contains the history of each employee, available to only the most

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Fail Metrics and a Time Off Tracker: Weirdly Efficient Ways To Get Things Done

time off tracker

So, wait: how does a time off tracker make project managing easier? Hear me out. Good companies encourage their employees to fire away with new ideas. Great companies make them happen. What stands between brilliant suggestion and their execution? A plan. The latest book on time management might be jam packed with insight; your career

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