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Healthcare Staffing Trends for 2014

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 31, 2013 4:59:00 PM

There has been no shortage of publicity around the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the issues that have plagued the website, preventing individuals from enrolling for insurance.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Top Email Mistakes You Are Making

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 18, 2013 4:31:00 PM

Email is the main source of communication in the business world; however, there are many mistakes a writer can make when drafting an email to their coworkers and  - even worse - to upper management.  Since email allows the reader to interpret the tone of the email whichever way they want, it is important to learn some simple steps to make sure that your point is coming across the way that you intended it to.

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Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy in Education

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 16, 2013 2:28:00 PM

If you're a parent whose child receives special education services within a school system, you may be confused as to what the specific differences are between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy as part of your child’s program.

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Help Temp Workers Feel Part of the Team

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 12, 2013 4:11:00 PM

Temporary workers fill an invaluable need for many companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Temp workers make the holiday rush more manageable, supplement staff when the workload becomes overwhelming, or fill in when full-time employees may be out due to illness or bereavement.

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Topics: Career Advice, Benefits of a Staffing Firm, Staffing & Onboarding

Being Your Most Productive Self

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 9, 2013 10:16:00 AM

If you’ve ever watched a sporting competition and marveled at the discipline of elite athletes, individuals who work hard each and every day to ensure their bodies can move faster and longer than their competitors, you have to recognize they live differently than others.

In business, have you ever been surrounded by highly effective individuals, who put in 10-12 hour days and are highly successful and wonder what you would need to change in order to function at that level?

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

Identify Top Candidates With These 3 Question Types

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Dec 4, 2013 9:30:00 AM

If you are having trouble identifying top candidates from the pack perhaps it is your interview style.  If you are asking the same mundane questions that every company does, those questions may not be setting candidates apart from each other.  Instead of focusing on what candidates did in their previous position, you should be focusing on how they would thrive in your organization.  Ask them to solve real situational issues to determine if they are forward-thinking and are able to come up with solutions for the future. 

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Topics: Career Advice, Staffing & Onboarding

How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 27, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Interviews can make even the most seasoned employee unconfident and uncertain.  You know that you are qualified for the position and have the experience that the company is looking for, however sometimes it can be difficult for candidates to put those things into words.  It is extremely important that you prepare for your interview so that your answers highlight your skills as well as set you apart from the other candidates.

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Topics: Career Advice, Job Search Advice, Staffing & Onboarding

How to Thrive with a Bad Manager

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 21, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Can’t stand your job because of your bad manager?  Ineffective managers exist in every organization.  The worst managers to deal with fail to trust, don’t respect, and intimidate employees.
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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Social Workers - Take Care of Yourself

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 18, 2013 10:39:00 AM

The New Social Worker published an article last year by SaraKay Smullens What I Wish I had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession. In the article, she describes visiting the wife of a colleague who had just died who told her "... sometimes he would return home too exhausted to even speak, and that a frequent statement she heard from a man who obviously treasured his clinical work, teaching, and writing was: They feel better, but I surely do not.” The article takes the issue of burnout head on and addresses what she describes as "the necessity of addressing this complicated exhaustion before the feeling of depletion leads to dysfunction and beyond."

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Topics: Behavioral Health

6 Steps to Owning Your New Position

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 13, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Congratulations, you aced the interview and scored your dream job!  Now what?  Nerves about your first day are to be expected, but don’t let them get the better of you.  Here’s some quick steps on how to handle your first day jitters like a pro and prove to your manager that they made the right decision when hiring you.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

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