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Successfully Negotiate Your Next Salary Increase

Filed in Candidates by on March 2, 2015
Successfully Negotiate Your Next Salary Increase

Asking for a raise is stressful. Some argue that you should stay away from salary negotiations; that increases in pay are a natural part of business and management will recognize your value. This may have been true in the past when many businesses had the same structures and procedures in place, no matter the shape […]

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Interview Tips & Tricks: How To Ace The Face-To-Face

Filed in Candidates, Interviews by on February 19, 2015
Interview Tips & Tricks: How To Ace The Face-To-Face

Finding a new job is a process. The best results require planning and intentional effort. Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail. Or, as Benjamin Franklin once said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Would you start building a house without careful planning? Find a location: Perhaps you have already found a company that appeals […]

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3D Printing

Filed in Construction, Technology by on February 10, 2015
3D Printing

3D printing in construction is here. Sure, it may need some tweaking, but, is this the foundation of things to come? Move over century old practices and modular construction, technology is taking over. * 1,100 sq meter building. * 3 floors. * 1 floor per day. * Giant 3D printing machine is 15 ft long […]

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How to keep your keepers #5: Acknowledge important milestones

Filed in Clients, Culture by on February 9, 2015
How to keep your keepers #5: Acknowledge important milestones

Acknowledge important milestones. Loyalty and retention tend to increase when a sincere attempt is made on the part of management to remember and acknowledge dates that are important to employees. Things like birthdays, educational or professional development achievements and firm anniversaries would all fit into this category. For newer employees even a six month anniversary […]

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Define Team Roles & Responsibilities For Project Success

Filed in Clients, Leadership by on February 4, 2015
Define Team Roles & Responsibilities For Project Success

There are many reasons that projects fail. Many challenges are rooted in team participation and engagement. Team members and managers all play an important role in moving projects along, but with great power lies great responsibility. These responsibilities and subsequent roles must be defined.  A big challenge for teams is a lack of clarity around these roles. […]

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Time & Labor Management Are An Art

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture by on January 21, 2015
Time & Labor Management Are An Art

Is there ever enough time in the day? The highest achievers manage their time and labor exceptionally well – focusing on results rather than activities. Being busy isn’t the same as being effective. It is vital to organize and plan how much time and resources you commit to specific activities. Time And Labor Management Hacks: Detailed list > Delegate Tasks Prioritize Work […]

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Core Values That Attract The Right Candidates

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on January 20, 2015
Core Values That Attract The Right Candidates

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. They are the guiding principles that dictate the direction of a business and internal workplace culture. There are many different types of core values and many organizations create a list of three to seven words to represent them. However, specific statements carry more weight […]

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The Importance Of New Employee Orientation

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on January 15, 2015
The Importance Of New Employee Orientation

22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment. However, new employees who have gone through a structured on-boarding program are 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years. Everyone hires a new employee with the intention that they become productive within a reasonable period of time. In order for that […]

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Find the Perfect PM: Top Characteristics

Filed in Clients, Recruiting by on January 13, 2015
Find the Perfect PM: Top Characteristics

Successful construction project managers plan, manage, and handle details in a way that let you and your team relax. Andy Crowe completed a study of 860 (the top 2 percent) of project managers across industries. The study identified the top 10 traits of the rarest breed: a great project manager. They are: (1) Command authority naturally. (2) Possess quick […]

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New Year, New You: 5 Career Goals That Will Change Your Life

Filed in Candidates, Clients by on January 7, 2015
New Year, New You: 5 Career Goals That Will Change Your Life

Mashable released a list of the 35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35. The list is geared towards things you should get started on sooner rather than later. This got us thinking, what is the list missing? (1) Know what you enjoy and what you do not enjoy. […]

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Why you will fail to have a great career

Filed in Candidates, Recruiting by on December 17, 2014
Why you will fail to have a great career

The pursuit of a great career. Is it really just a matter of luck or is that the excuse you’re telling yourself? According to Larry Smith, a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, people don’t pursue their passion because of the fabricated stories they tell themselves. Most people have an perceived line between the “madness & […]

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The Secret Sauce For Employee Engagement

Filed in Clients, Culture by on December 15, 2014
The Secret Sauce For Employee Engagement

There are many disturbing stats regarding employee engagement. 79% of employers believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem. 75% of them are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. Want to know where you stand? Check out the employee engagement calculator. Studies around successful workplace culture inside some of the […]

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Fuel Your Team With Empathy At Work

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on December 12, 2014
Fuel Your Team With Empathy At Work

In the 2009 book Wired to Care, strategy consultant Dev Patnaik argues that a major flaw in contemporary business practice is a lack of empathy. Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection. Empathy encompasses a broad range of emotional states, including: – caring for other people and having a desire to help them; – experiencing emotions […]

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5 Greatest Values Of Forgotten Business Ideas

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Leadership by on December 10, 2014
5 Greatest Values Of Forgotten Business Ideas

In 2011, Big Think ran excerpts from all the lessons that made up their first online course, Great Big Ideas. Our entire history of innovation is very much the story of how old ideas are rediscovered, and the way that succeeding generations find new applications for these ideas. There is a lot of value in revisiting […]

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Make A List, Check It Twice

Filed in Candidates, Clients by on December 4, 2014
Make A List, Check It Twice

Is your to-do list endless? Are there things on your list that just never seem to get crossed off? If you’re like most people, the list just gets longer and more frustrating daily. So how can you make your to-do list work for you? Step 1: List everything. It’s happened to everyone. You’re just about […]

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5 Ways To Fix Your Listening Skills

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Leadership by on December 1, 2014
5 Ways To Fix Your Listening Skills

Communication is not just about what you say out loud. It’s not just about body language and eye contact. And it’s definitely not just about e-mails and text messages. Good communication requires strong listening skills. Since there are many benefits to effective communication in the workplace, there are many benefits to learning how to listen. Research suggests […]

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Holiday Networking Opportunities: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture, Leadership by on November 24, 2014
Holiday Networking Opportunities: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving

It’s challenging to build long-term relationships with external contacts if you have high staff turnover, change internal roles frequently or have a culture that resists moving towards a relationship-driven business model. Networking generates business leads that can help you and your team grow. However, there are 4 major reasons why people struggle with networking: Your policies and […]

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Keep Your Keepers: Show Compassion And Treat Employees As You Would Like To Be Treated

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on November 19, 2014
Keep Your Keepers: Show Compassion And Treat Employees As You Would Like To Be Treated

Too many partners and managers, because of their position, exercise ruthless authority over others and give almost no ground when issues arise which call for flexibility and/or compassion.  This kind of authoritarian approach should be avoided. Instead treat your employees as equals, as you would like to be treated. Remember that if it were not […]

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4 Steps To Forming New Habits

Filed in Candidates by on November 17, 2014
4 Steps To Forming New Habits

There are many reasons you may be looking to form a new habit at work. Maybe your life circumstances have changed, maybe your professional responsibilities have increased, or maybe you just really want to set yourself apart and win that next promotion. Whatever your reasons are, there are some simple steps to follow that will […]

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10 Reasons Why Corporate Wellness Isn’t Just For Desk Jockies

Filed in Clients, Culture by on November 13, 2014
10 Reasons Why Corporate Wellness Isn’t Just For Desk Jockies

When you focus on corporate wellness, you are connecting with one of your greatest assets: people. Corporate wellness efforts save time and money and conserve valuable staff resources by offering your team high-quality support. The full costs of employee health issues break out to: – 70% Productivity Costs – 30% Personal Health Costs The productivity costs include […]

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