How to Comfort Grieving Employees

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When personal tragedy occurs, everything else happening in one’s life seems to lose significance. It’s only rational that when something tragic occurs in the life of one of your employees, his ability to concentrate on work is going to be affected for some time. People deal with tragedy in very different ways – some may prefer being in solitude while others prefer the company of friends. So showing the appropriate signs of compassion for a grieving individual may not be easy but it’s important to show that you care in some way. Here are some pieces of advice to help you console an employee recently affected by tragedy.

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Use Facebook to Find Your Next Job?


As if it weren’t already the Swiss-army knife of all social networks, Facebook adds on yet another function to its laundry list of features: “Social Jobs”. Facebook teams up with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in a partnership aimed to help America’s unemployed find jobs with the help of social media. The idea behind using social media to advertise employment opportunities is its potential for widespread influence; since Facebook is such a high traffic website, employers have a better chance of finding the perfect fit in such a large pool of potential candidates. The Facebook Social Jobs page features a search bar similar to those on other job search websites. The user fills in keywords and chooses specific job categories, and then the system finds open positions that match the user’s request. Facebook combines information from other renowned websites’ databases. This is in line with its goal of becoming a one-stop, all-encompassing resource.

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*Unique* ice breaker activities for meetings

ID-10066543Everyone gathers in the conference room, but no one knows each other. This could either be just another day in the office or that awkward moment you’ve been dreading. Ice breakers in the professional workplace may seem a bit cliché and silly but having fun and meeting new coworkers can be beneficial, ease tension, and even help with professional networking! Below are five unique ideas to break the ice in the office without boring your audience!

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Writing a Captivating Job Description

ID-100111821Quality job descriptions attract quality people. If your company’s job descriptions don’t stand out from the typical page-long bullet lists that oversaturate Craigslist, you’re not going to catch the attention of the most qualified individuals for an open position. While writing a compelling job description will require more thought than writing the ordinary bullet list-styled description, the payoff will be worth the extra time you put in. Your company will receive applications from talented, creative individuals; the type of people who ignore boring job descriptions out of fear that the work environment will be equally boring.

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5 Secrets to Creating a Great and Effective Workplace


As a working manager, you understand the importance of creating a thriving workplace. It’s not a secret that creating a comfortable place where employees want to work and make contributions to the company can reduce turnover rates. In fact, transforming a dull 9-5 daily routine into a productive environment for employees doesn’t even have to be rocket science. Not by a longshot.

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Why is Facebook the best place to work?


Facebook is not just America’s favorite social network, but also America’s favorite workplace. In the latest fifth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 50 Best Places to Work unveiled by the online jobs and career community Glassdoor, Facebook, the social media giant, was named the best company to work for in 2013.

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