3 Exciting Business Trends to Look Out For in 2015

2015 is going to be quite a year. Science and technology will undoubtedly continue to progress. The emerging labor market is more diverse and adaptable than ever. The economy, at last, seems to be on a path to recovery. Organizations that evolve to embrace these changes have a lot to look forward to. The rest will almost certainly be left behind. Which way are you headed? 1. Competition for talent ...
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How to Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the beginning of a new year...a time when many of us resolve to do better. While we all have different goals, the general idea is usually similar. Cut down on the bad things, do more of the good things, and be more healthy, productive, or successful as a result. This sounds great, but all too often (about 54% of the time) we don’t actually follow through with our resolutions. For ...
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New Data Tells Surprising Truth about Millennials

Most employers say that competing for talent is one of their greatest challenges. Employers that want to remain competitive will need to meet the requirements of rapidly shifting demographics in the workforce. In this post, we crunch the numbers from a recent large-scale study including more than 800 working-age adults in the US. Unlike most other research, we surveyed a diverse age range, allowing for new insights about the similarities and differences between generations. What ...
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Entitlement: 3 Unexpected Advantages of the Millennial Mindset

Young people these days. They’re arrogant and self-absorbed—with each new generation, researchers have found higher and higher scores on measures of narcissism. The American Psychiatric Association “officially confirmed” that taking selfies (a common behavior among young people) reflects a serious mental disorder... …ok, the one about selfies was definitely a hoax. But many people were inclined to believe it at first. This can’t be healthy. Perhaps the most bemoaned attribute of ...
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3 Ways to Beat the Talent Shortage in Sales

Talented salespeople are hard to find, and even harder to hire. Sales positions consistently rank among the top 3 most difficult job openings to fill. The most obvious drawback to a shortage of sales talent is opportunity cost (lost revenue from all the sales that employees in vacant positions might have made). However, employers often report far greater problems. Talent shortages can leave existing employees overworked and reduce their ability to ...
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Thanks? When and Why Employee Recognition Works

How can you keep employees happy and motivated? Provide recognition for exceptional performance Make the work meaningful Pay a bonus for a job well done We’re done here, right? Wait a minute…let’s talk about how these things actually work. In this post, we will discuss the basic concepts behind employee recognition, along with some insights from research testing how different types of recognition can influence effort and performance.   What does ...
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Bizarre Experiment Alters Perception to Boost Intelligence

Imagine being able to look at this letter: A …and at the same time, also see it as this letter: A Around 1% of people experience this type of perception—a phenomenon known as synesthesia. For example, certain words might smell a certain way, geometric shapes might have distinct flavors, or types of music might also appear to be specific colors. Grapheme-color synesthesia is one of the more common forms. As in ...
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3 Secrets of Competing for Talent

85% of employers say that competing for talent is their single greatest challenge. Gone are the days that savvy employers have difficulty finding people, or determining who they really want to hire. Technology has changed the game. Internet databases, job boards, and social media have all but eliminated the problem of literally finding people. Applicant tracking and assessment technologies, along with data science and predictive analytics, have made the selection process ...
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Does Your Hiring Process Happen in the Right Order?

Does your hiring process happen in the right order? This may seem like a strange question—but if you use a more traditional approach to hiring, it probably doesn’t. Taking steps in a certain order can easily influence the quality of a result. Just think of a microwaveable frozen dinner. The directions might be something like: Remove from packaging and place in microwave Microwave on high for 3 minutes Contents will ...
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3 Essential Recruiting Tips for Growing Companies

People are among the most valuable assets that a company can have. The ability to recruit, hire, and retain the right people often makes the difference between success and failure. Unlike larger organizations, companies that are growing often don’t have established capabilities when it comes to recruiting and human resources. For those relatively new to the hiring process, this article is for you. Here are 3 tips to help you ...
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Want to Work Smarter? Unleash Your Wild Side!

Let’s start off with a simple example that I have used before. Imagine that there are two animals. One is raised in captivity, the other in the wild. What are the likely differences between the two? The animal that is exposed to a natural environment is likely to develop a range of knowledge and skills necessary to survive in that environment. In the other animal, few or none of those ...
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Use This Easy Shortcut to Boost Your Learning Ability

I’m going to start off by telling you something that should already be obvious. Curiosity enhances learning ability When you are curious about something, you are motivated to seek information, pay attention, and learn. Curiosity is often far more powerful than other motivations. For example, the motivation to learn in order to pass a class or receive a certain letter grade is relatively weak by comparison. Now I’m going to ...
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Do You See the Forest or the Trees? Take the Quiz!

To take the quiz, just pick any unique username that you like. We’re interested in seeing if there are overall statistical relationships between how people score on the different quizzes we offer from time to time, so please pick a username that you can remember and enter each time you take a quiz. All of your results will be kept completely anonymous and confidential, unless you choose to share them with others. Thanks for your help! Original ...
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Can Teams Have too Much Positive Attitude?

A positive attitude is often considered to be an important aspect of team performance. The right attitude can boost confidence, effort, and persistence—many times resulting in better outcomes. Plus, people like this guy are just really charming. In short, positive attitude is generally a good thing for teams. But here’s the question at hand: Can you have too much of a good thing? This certainly does seem to be the case with ...
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3 Ways that Top Performers Only Sometimes Stand Out

What differentiates the elite best-of-the-best from others in their respective fields? This turns out to be a somewhat tricky question. There is ongoing debate about what the distribution—the actual full range of performance outcomes across people—looks like. Researchers and industry practitioners who have studied this are usually divided between one of two conclusions: Some have found that performance is normally distributed—the average level of performance is also the most frequent, and ...
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5 Different Types of Work-Life Balance

There are only 24 hours in a day. Most people think of that time as being divided between some type of “work” and the rest of their “life” (hopefully with enough time left for sleep). Cultural and economic shifts in recent decades have resulted in more people working (especially more women) and many more people working 40+ hour weeks. With these changes has come an increasing interest in work-life balance ...
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3 Mistakes Good Interviewers Never Make

Very few people can claim that interviewing is their full-time job. Most interviews are conducted by busy people who also have a variety of other duties and responsibilities (e.g., recruiters, HR professionals, hiring managers). Far too often, the prevailing attitude is that interviews are something that only the candidate really needs to prepare for. The interviewer already knows what they’re doing—they can just “wing it” and ask whatever questions happen ...
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How Leadership Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Do you feel used up at the end of the workday? Do you feel fatigued when you get up in the morning and have to face another day on the job? Do you feel burned out because of work? These could be symptoms of a physically demanding job—but then again, they could be symptoms of a psychologically demanding job. This is known as Emotional Exhaustion. Several research studies have found ...
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Boost Your Memory with This Easy Trick

We all forget things from time to time, but technology is rapidly changing how we learn and remember. If you have a question, it is likely that you will use the internet to look for answers (probably google). Sure, this type of thing was possible in the past—using books or other references—but it didn’t happen with anywhere near the same frequency or ease of access that most people enjoy today ...
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These 3 Work Injuries are Sinking Your Bottom Line

Some jobs have relatively obvious dangers. Drivers, military, police, firefighters, and laborers easily come to mind as occupations that carry a risk of serious injury. Though overall risks vary from job to job, only about 1% of full-time workers in the US are seriously injured each year. Things don’t seem too bad until we consider another type of danger: Pain. Pain is the leading cause of worker disability in the ...
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Bad Managers Don’t Want to Become Better Managers

Bad managers are bad news. Among other things, their behavior can reduce efficiency and productivity, lower morale, and increase turnover. The problem often begins with how managers are hired or promoted Previous high performance in a relevant job role Tenure with a company or overall years of experience These might be great reasons to hire a candidate or reward an employee. But they are not good reasons to make them ...
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2 Secrets that Résumés Reveal about Job Candidates

It’s no secret that candidates submit resumes with the intention of making themselves look attractive to potential employers. The desire to “put your best foot forward” (and desire to get the job) can lead applicants to describe themselves in the superlative, leave out important information, or exaggerate their previous accomplishments. Somewhere around 50% of resumes checked for accuracy contain at least one substantially false claim or discrepancy (these numbers vary ...
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Should Companies Ban Facebook and Other Internet Time-Wasters?

The internet can be a distraction. 60% of companies report that they have needed to discipline employees because of their browsing habits, and more than 30% have actually had to fire people because of it. The majority of organizations surveyed consider employee internet use to be a serious issue. About 60% have policies restricting internet use, while the remaining 40% actually block employees from accessing websites they see as “time-wasters.” ...
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This is Why We Do Cangrade

You might have heard about what Cangrade does: we help businesses hire the best people by uniquely combining predictive analytics with an easy to use candidate management system that automatically grades every candidate, delivers an accurate prediction of future job performance, and lowers hiring costs. This is WHAT we do. I want to take a step beyond that and tell you WHY we do it. 1. Hiring is broken Evolution has in ...
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Have You Been Tricked by the Line Crossing Illusion?

Imagine this situation: a manager asks an employee if they can come in to work on Saturday. The employee might take offense to the request. “Why did you ask me? Is it because of [fill in the blank]? You don’t think I have a life outside of work?” The manager might then take offense to a no. “You think you’re too good to work on a Saturday? I have to ...
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