3 Things Savvy Professionals Do When They Get a New Boss

New Boss? New Opportunities!


Being assigned a new boss can feel like starting your position over at square one. There’s no doubt that having a clean slate can be promising, but transitioning into working under a new supervisor is always nerve-wracking. The workflow and social nuances you had created with your previous boss are now thrown out the window. Your first inclination should be to put your best foot forward and begin to build a new professional and productive rapport. This is easier said than done, so what steps should you take when you find yourself with a new boss?


Read on for 3 things you should definitely do when you get a new boss:


How to Navigate a Complicated Referral Request

5 Questions to Consider Before Referring a Colleague


It’s no secret that a job referral is the ultimate advantage to getting your resume noticed and landing your dream job. It’s all about networking and getting your proverbial foot in the door. Your LinkedIn and personal email have likely received at least a few messages from colleagues kindly asking for a referral at your company. This type of request can put you between a rock and a hard place, as a failed referral can bruise your reputation and your friendship. What should you consider before saying “yes” to giving a job referral?


Read on for 5 questions to consider before referring a colleague for a job:



3 Bad Behaviors You Can’t Reprimand

Accommodating Bad Behavior in the Office


Grounds for disciplining employees used to be strictly black and white for many employers. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken an aggressive stance to limiting employers’ rights to discipline workers, leaving the definitions of punishable infractions in a grey area. Writing a final written warning for a first offense, or moving straight to termination is now a procedure of the past. Employers need to be more careful than ever to make sure their systems and policies are consistent with both the National Labor Relations Act and state law going forward.


Read on for the top 3 changes to employee infractions:

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Is Unlimited Vacation Really a Recipe for Disaster?

Unlimited Vacation: 3 Questions to Ask

For employees, an unlimited vacation policy can seem like the ultimate benefit. For recruiters, it can be an attractive recruiting tool. While cutting edge tech companies in Silicon Valley have put unlimited vacation on the map, it’s still only being offered by 1-2% of companies nationwide. There are major pros for both employee and company, such as this study by Project: Time Off concluding that it’s more cost effective than offering traditional paid time off. Staying on top of trends to entice top tier employees is important, while keeping in mind the best interests of both your company and employees. Could offering unlimited vacation at your company end up being a recipe for disaster?


Here are 3 questions to ask if you are considering offering unlimited vacation:


4 Tricks to Shut Down Bad Company Reviews

Reputation Management: The Trick to Overcoming Bad Reviews


These days everyone reads online reviews before they purchase a product or hire a handyman, so why not use the same tactic while job searching? 48% of job seekers are now using Glassdoor as a guide to company reviews and are subsequently showing up to interviews with a preconceived bias. People are more likely to trust an anonymous reviewer than a company CEO, so while you may think your company is fantastic, other employee’s negative reviews can taint your reputation. The important thing to remember in this situation is that bad reviews happen.


For example, I’ve had a firsthand experience with a negative Glassdoor review affecting business. After sourcing and thoroughly vetting a candidate for a client, the candidate ended up declining an interview with my client due to having read several negative company reviews online. Everyone in the situation was left feeling deflated, and I knew it would be very difficult to change the candidate’s mind.


On average, a happy customer will tell three people about their great experience, while an unhappy one will tell more than three times that. What do you do if your company starts to get weighed down with bad reviews? Take your head out of the sand and do everything in your power to turn it around!


 Here are 4 ways to address bad company press and move forward:


The Artificial Intelligence Scare: Why It’s Not a Threat

Should You Be Scared?

The rise of Artificial Intelligence has created a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of our jobs and the operation of entire industries. I remember when game-changers like Monster and LinkedIn emerged, making many people in the recruiting industry fear for their jobs. Thankfully, this has not been the case and these technological advances have actually provided tremendous aid to recruiters. The big question is, will artificial intelligence continue to be a useful tool, or will it take over the workforce and displace us?

There are two different schools of thought on this subject; those who are for the A.I. revolution and those who are against it. The pro side believes that A.I. will actually produce more jobs than it will eliminate, all while making life seamlessly easier. The con side views A.I. as a threat that will completely take over production and eliminate the human workforce. The University of Oxford has estimated that over the next two decades, a staggering 47% of U.S. jobs will be replaced by machine learning algorithms due to the availability of big data and its ability to be computerized. This has carried a wave of worry across the nation.

NYU Professor of psychology Gary Marcus explains that it has proven difficult to autotomize common sense. For example, a robot serving drinks can be programmed to pour and serve one drink, but, if a fly lands in the glass it has a tough time deciding whether or not to serve it. Though only time will tell just how far the A.I. revolution will reach, you can cover all of your bases in the meantime.


3 things to help you overcome the Artificial Intelligence hysteria:


Easy Conflict Resolution You Can Use Now

5 Tips for Employee Conflict Resolution


As a manager, we provide many things; inspiration, motivation, and even a sounding board for employees. One of the roles that managers often take on is that of a mediator or a peace keeper. Part of a manager’s job is to hire a team that works cohesively together to achieve their goals. When your team works well together it can make your job as a leader easier. When members of your team don’t get along, it can feel like an uphill battle for everyone involved. What is the best way to get sparring employees through a conflict and back on track?


My 5 tips on conflict management and dispute resolution:


Level the Recruiting Field

4 Tips to Get Top Talent!


At the core of any successful organization you will find top tier employees who exceed expectations and create new standards. Recruitment of exceptional employees can prove difficult, as they have often seen the impact of their contributions first-hand and understand their value. While your company may not be able to offer free five-star meals like Google, you can still leverage powerful perks.


Here are 4 tips on recruiting the best of the best in a job market that favors the candidate:



Make the Worst Part of Your Job Easier

Which Is Better: Generic vs. Specific?

As a manager you will inevitably find yourself in the uncomfortable position of having to terminate an employee. While dismissing a staff member can be a delicate situation, thoroughly preparing yourself for the daunting task can make it easier to carry out.

After you have exhausted your disciplinary efforts and find you have reached the unfortunate basis for dismissal, follow company termination policy and procedure. Do what’s best for the company while being mindful of the employee’s difficult situation. Keep the conversation short and to the point to avoid any pitfalls. Provide a prepared written statement of your Just Cause as well as performance reviews and any documentation of previous disciplinary action.

California is an “At-will” state, which means you are not obligated to provide specific details unless the employee’s contract states otherwise.  A generic letter can simply reflect that you have verbally confirmed the employee’s termination. I prefer to cover all the bases by composing a specific termination letter. This provides detailed proof of all verbal, written, and final warnings of the employee’s misconduct or underperformance. Here is a great example of a specific letter:


Help! How Can I Start Networking?

Invest Your Precious Time in These 3 Things


Wow, I received such an overwhelming response to last week’s PC Pointer  4 Secrets to Building a Quality Professional Network! The most popular reply was a request for more information on how to join professional networking organizations. So, I’ve decided to share additional tips on where to start.

There is an exhausting list of reasons why you should join a professional group; building self-confidence, increasing your sales pipeline, and keeping up with industry news. One of the main reasons comes down to this: In your career, you can either come to a standstill or you can continue to develop your expertise. What will you do?

3 ways you should invest your time in order to expand your network: