Play With Your Team

Take time to play with your staff and your team members! Play is one of the best ways to bring people together to develop a team and enjoy one another even more. One of my favorite team building activities is to duct tape a team member to the wall! It’s absolutely hilarious! Simply divide the…

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Team Building with Off Site Meeting

A great way to do team building is to take the team off site for an activity. Getting your team members away from their normal work space and environment is a wonderful way to help them to relax and take the edge off a normal full and busy day. I have been asked to help…

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Unwritten Rules of a Team

Years ago, I started at a company full of anticipation and excitement for a new adventure. I read over the employee handbook to make sure I was aware of the key aspects of joining the new company. But, I was soon caught off guard by one unwritten rule… something that was a key cultural element…

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On-boarding Women vs. Men

There is a lot of discussion around the difference between hiring a man and woman. It seems like a lot of tech and engineering companies are worried about how attractive they are to women. Companies are talking more and more about the need for women in their technology development environments. So what does that mean…

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Power of Lunches

One of my favorite ways to on-board new employees is to take them out to lunch. I’m not talking about the big massive group lunch where everybody from the team or department goes, rather I’m talking about one-on-one lunches that allow individuals to get to know the new employee and vice versa. When you go…

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First Day on the New Job

It may have been a long time since you last started a new job so it may feel a little bit removed for you to remember stress of what it’s like to start a new position. So when you are thinking about in new employee joining your team, I encourage you to think about what…

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What do your Current Employees Think of the On-boarding Process?

When you’re on-boarding new employees, it’s really important to think about what’s important to them and starting a new job. Sure I understand that you have a lot going on with the business and that you have certain things that you want to accomplish with the on-boarding process. But make sure that you think about…

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Flex Work Time For Recruiting Talent

Recently I attended a networking event where the speakers were talking about the importance of recruiting women into technology and engineering companies. Many of the presenters discussed the importance of having a flexible work schedule when it comes to hiring more women into technology and engineering company. You can’t argue with statistics that only 13%…

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Why Should Someone Join Your Team

When candidates are considering joining your company, there are a lot of things at stake for them to make that change. Sure, I know your company is awesome. I know that your product/service is stellar.  I know that you have great people on the team. Etc., etc., etc. But, even though you have a lot…

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Technical Testing Job Candidates

When hiring an engineer, there’s a reality that their technical skills are really critical to the success of the work that they will be doing at your company. So how do you evaluate their technical skills to make sure that they are adequate for the position? Even though some candidates don’t like to be “tested”…

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