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Empower Managers, Employees to Deal With Difficult People

November 11, 2010

Employers should be proactive about managing difficult people in the workplace instead of “batting cleanup” and trying to fix a problem after it has escalated, says Barbara Poole, founder and CEO, of Employaid.

Employaid.com Rapidly Becoming Top Online Tool for HR Community

Considering the average employee spends the majority of his or her day at the office, co-workers have morphed into a second family.

As with any family, disagreements are inevitable. Some  of these spats can be serious while others are trivial in nature. Regardless of the veracity of the dispute, the work-life can be affected. 


Congratulations, you're promoted!

By Dawn Klingensmith- July 6th, 2010

Results speak for themselves, but not always loudly or to a large enough audience. If you have achieved some positive results at work, it is up to you to publicize them so people know your worth. Nobody likes a braggart, though. So how can you sing your own praises and keep people tuned in?



How to manage tech-savvy Millenials in the workplace

By Cari Sommer and Lauren Porat- March 23, 2010

You've just completed your profile on LinkedIn when everyone starts asking about your Twiter plan. Your what?

You hire an expert to help you define your social media strategy.

In terms of executing it, this seems like a perfect piece to delegate to your team.

Who better to navigate this world than people who grew up in front of the internet?


4 Keys to Managing Millenials

By Cari Sommer and Lauren Porat- March 18, 2010

Barbara Poole is founder and CEO of Employaid.com, an online community and resource for small-business owners, employers and employees. She says, "Millennials value authenticity. They are confident, tech-savvy and highly mobile." They are also well-connected and always online. They grew up digging around for answers to questions and take pride in their ability to do so quickly.

5 Tips for Managing Change at Work

By Denene Brox- February 2010

"How can I stay competitive in this tough job market?"

"In the past 18 months, employees received a loud and clear answer to a nagging question: Yes, Virginia, you are expendable," says Barbara Poole, founder and CEO of Employaid, an online community for workers and employers.


How to Go from Temp to Perm

By Sheryl Nance-Nash-February 15th, 2010

At last you landed a paycheck. Trouble is, it's temporary. You think your tenure is limited. Maybe not. Here's how to up the odds that they ask you to stick around.

Workers retrain to revive careers

By Chad Graham-June 2009

Less than 36 months ago, Arizona was flush with the kind of jobs that flourish in a booming economy: real-estate agents, construction workers, title officers, interior designers and boutique owners.

Not anymore. Work that was plentiful and professions that once provided a decent living without requiring much advanced education have been wiped out by the recession. And those jobs may never return in the large numbers once seen. Workforce experts believe the global meltdown hit a reset button on the labor market.


Furlough Frenzy

By Eve Tahmincioglu- June 2009

There’s been a furlough frenzy in corporate America lately, and employee rights may be getting lost in the shuffle. Major companies such as Dell Inc., Gannett Co., American Airlines Inc. and DuPont Co. already have announced plans to send workers home for a few days or a few weeks without pay as a way to cut costs, and a growing number of employers are jumping on the furlough bandwagon.

But many labor experts say it’s created a “Wild, Wild West” in the workplace, with many employees and employers unclear on what such furloughs will mean to morale, productivity and adherence to the nation’s labor laws.


Job Counseling's Dot-Com Future

By Ryan Doran- May 2009

Barbara Poole, founder of Employaid.com, based in Ridgefield, is launching her second site with a focus on helping those professionals out of work to refit their lives with a new career.

After spending 20 years in management consulting and human resources effectiveness, Poole founded Employaid.com in 2007.


Knowledge Delivered in Any Other Form Is Perhaps Sweeter

By Aparna Nancherla- May 2009

Informal learning is becoming a standardized part of a complete, balanced workplace regimen. FULL STORY

Swapping Equity for Services

By Karen E. Klein- March 31, 2009

How do I advertise and imlement an arrangement to trade equity in a company for skills or work? I'm looking for a Web developer who wants a stake in my new business. -C.W., Mountain View, Calif.


Stolen Assets

By Karon Warren- April 2009

Competition remains fierce in the quick-serve restaurant industry, and the state of today’s economy only adds to the challenge of making a business a success. However, there is another real threat to the bottom line: internal employee theft. Revenue lost to employee theft also can affect employee raises, bonuses, 401(k) matches, and benefits, and it might spur good employees to go elsewhere for it.


Economic Stimulus: What Now for Learning?

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress, the federal government has set aside approximately $3.5 billion for job training. While this money will be used to increase service levels and address immediate employment needs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are additional funds forthcoming that will support training in high-growth and emerging industries.


HR links in

An excerpt from the PeopleTalk Newsletter

The 35-million-strong online professional-networking site LinkedIn has launched a set of human resources tools to help recruiters find passive candidates, thus increasing the potential to discover "the perfect fit."


Take positive steps today to keep good employees happy

by Angela Gonzales- January 30, 2009

It's more important than ever for business owners to treat employees well.

If they don't, those workers will be quick to look for new jobs as soon as the economy rebounds and companies start hiring again.


How to work for someone younger than you

By Toni Bowers
, January 22nd, 2008

If you’ve ever had to report to someone younger than yourself or manage an employee older than yourself, you have experienced a phenomenon that will become more commonplace. Here’s why and some tips for dealing with it.


Hiring In A Downturn

Taking advantage of the deep talent pool

By Karen E. Klein- December 2008

Technology of the Day

By Jump Into Tomorrow- December 23rd, 2008

So many companies these days are struggling. And though the people behind those companies wish it weren’t so bad, it just is. But there’s a website doing something about that. Employaid provides resources, insight and incentive to re-think either your approach to your present job, or the way you may want to approach a change in your career. We often give out our Technology of the Day™ award to, well, a technology. But our mission is to list and honor both breakthrough technology and innovative thinking. Count Employaid as innovative thinking to an exponentially more valuable degree


Job Hunting In A Down Economy

By JB Bryant- December 2008

This article speaks directy to the unemployed mid-level U.S. professional who is in career transition during difficult economic times. Other job hunters may glean useful wisdom here, but that mid-level professional is the one I'm addressing.

I've culled the wisdom of many of the great thinkers and writers who devoted their own careers to helping people like you get back to work. Their best advice is collated here with links to additional resources that will benefit you. So read on. Then go forth and prosper.

12 Steps to Changing your Career in a Slow Economy

By Barbara Poole- December 2008

Ok, the economy has officially tanked, and you already know job security is about as real as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. you feel it's time to do something else with your life, but you're not sure if this is the best time to change careers. Well, guess what: there's no perfect time to make that perfect move, so don't wait for some promising sign to spur you into action. If you want a new career, go for it. Here are 12 steps to help amke your career change a little easier.


Surviving your first performance review (part 1): What to expect

By Heather Huhman- November 24th, 2008

You are only weeks or days away from your first-ever performance review. Whether it be a three-month, six-month or one-year review (all organizations differ), you likely don’t know exactly what to expect and are becoming nervous – I know I sure was.
Again, while all organizations differ slightly, performance reviews are typically conducted between you and your immediate supervisor and last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the back-and-forth discussion. Sometimes you are given a copy of your supervisor’s comments in advance – sometimes you’re not. Sometimes you are asked to prepare your own comments in advance – sometimes you’re not.
So, what can (and should) you absolutely expect during your first performance review?


Surviving your first performance review (part 2): What they expect

By Heather Huhman- November 25th, 2008

The following is part of a series about surviving your first performance review at your entry-level job (or internship, if they do performance reviews). You’ll learn what to expect, what your supervisor expects from you, how to prepare, what to do during the review and how to thrive after a negative review.
You now know what to expect during your first performance review, but what does your supervisor expect from you? As mentioned in the previous article, performance reviews are two-way communication.


Surviving your first performance review (part 4): During the review

By Heather Huhman- November 27th, 2008

The following is part of a series about surviving your first performance review at your entry-level job (or internship, if they do performance reviews). You’ll learn what to expect, what your supervisor expects from you, how to prepare, what to do during the review and how to thrive after a negative review.

You enter the office or conference room and sit down. Now what? Since you’ve never been through a review before, you’re not quite sure what you’re supposed to do during the review, other than hope it’s over soon.


That 'noncompete' can really tie you down.

Employees should think twice before signing; employers going to court

By Eve Tahmincioglu- November 17, 2008

Even though you may be desperate to keep your job or find a new one, think long and hard before signing a noncompete agreement.

Among the flood of forms you get when you’re first hired, or paperwork a boss asks you to fill out as part of a new company policy, a noncompete clause or agreement may be lurking. If you sign it, you could be shooting yourself in the career foot.

Such legal documents can preclude you from going to work for a competitor or even keep you from starting a business in a similar industry.


Laid Off in Finance Services? 11 Job Options to Consider

By Barbara Poole- November 13, 2008

In 2008, one of every six layoffs has come from the financial services sector, according to data collected by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. If you're among those who got a pink slip, take heart: There are plenty of job options open to you within financial services and other sectors of the economy.

What can you do with your financial services skill set? Try these options:


Should You Buy a Franchise or Start Your Own Business?

By Barbara Poole- December 2008

Marc was facing a point in his life when he felt he needed more than just a paycheck. He wanted a job where he could call the shots, but he had two problems: he wasn't sure about what business to pursue or where to begin looking. He determined he wanted to own a business, but couldn't come up with a unique idea and formulating a business plan seemed overwhelming. He finally decided to invest in a coffee store franchise which fit perfectly with his restaurant management background.

For many people the most difficult part of going into business is deciding what the business should be. There are generally three options when considering a business venture: buy a franchise, buy an existing business or begin a business from an original idea. For help in deciding your best course of action, here are the basics you need to know about each...


Is Leadership Just Another Way of Playing Political Games?

By  Barbara Poole- December 2008

When most people hear the phrase "workplace politics," they react very negatively. They see politics in the workplace as a manipulative method of someone getting what they want by stepping on their co-workers' backs. But not every instance of political game playing is a selfish maneuver to win.

In his book, Office Politics: Do You Play or Pass, Michael Alesko defines office politics as "the use and misuse of power in the workplace." He implies that office politics are not always negative. And while workplace politics aren't necessarily avoidable, talent managers can learn to understand their purpose and how those in leadership use political game playing to run organizations...


Weighing the Pros and Cons Before Saying Yes

By Barbara Poole- December 2008
Don't jump blindly into any old job or company without first asking questions and getting the kind of information that will help you make a better decision.

How to Party Without the Usual Holiday Office Party

By Mercedes M. Cardona- November 3, 2008

With new bad economic news seemingly everyday, it's no surprise that some companies are cutting back on holiday merriment this year. If yours is among them, don't despair.

There are still plenty of ways to celebrate a a company's good work- a ritual that may be even more important as your group prepares to enter what may be a bumpy year.


On the Job--Again

By Scott Westcott- November 6, 2008

Older workers are delaying retirement and some retirees are stepping back into the market. As HR ramps up for the influx, it should make sure workers are trained to cope with an intergenerational workforce and that recruiting efforts attract--and do not discriminate against--older workers.


Rough Justice

By Brian Moore- November 3, 2008

Workers are suing their employers in growing numbers, but many have cause to regret it.

To complain to HR about a sex-crazed supervisor is human. To sue the company that won't do a thing about Boss Perv is divine. Or so many employees think. But while legal action taken by workers against current and former employers is a fertile field for attorneys, it's rarely a primrose path for plaintiffs, experts say.


Where the Jobs Are For Wall Street Pros
By Sarah E. Needleman - 9/16/08

As the latest crisis on Wall Street unfolds, recruiters say their phones are ringing off the hook with anxious finance professionals on the line.

Job Search Tips: Tap your network. Request referrals to company hiring managers and executive recruiters from former colleagues, alumni, family and other associates who can vouch for you. "The best strategy in financial services is networking," Barbara Poole, founder and president of Employaid.com, an online career-advisory firm. "You have to learn how you differentiate yourself through who you know."



Are you Linkedin yet?
By Jamie Sotonoff | Daily Herald Staff - 4/24/2008

Employers, job seekers and entrepreneurs are connecting online in record numbers

According to a November 2007 survey by Vault, 44 percent of employers now use online networking sites to examine the profiles of job candidates. Thirty-nine percent report looking at profiles of its current employees. "We call it digging up the digital dirt," says Barbara Poole, founder of the new site, www.employaid.com. "It's all about creating a brand and market for yourself. (Online business networks) are one of the most major recruiting sources on the Internet now."


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