Category: Workplace Trends

Top Interview Do’s and Don’ts – Company Edition

By David Poline

DO’S Prepare Just as you expect your candidates to know something about you and your firm, it’s important to take the time to learn about the candidate you are interviewing. Starting with the cover letter and resume, review previous companies and titles, noting if there is a specific job you want to inquire about during the interview.Examine their skill set and ask yourself if the experience lines up with the job requirements.Study achievements, projects and…

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In Search of a Job? Look Here First  

By David Poline

Are you looking for a career change? Curious about the current job market? As a national search and advisory firm for the commercial real estate industry, we offer insight into job growth and trends. Where’s Growth Happening? A significant number of our current searches are taking place in the Southeast from Texas to Florida and into the Carolinas. Why? Southern states boast business-friendly policies, low taxes, desirable quality of life and mild weather. Which Skills…

Attracting Young Talent to the CRE Industry

By David Poline

Check-out my recent conversation with CRE Investor + Advisor Stan Sonenshine at PREF and Georgia State University Professor regarding future talent within our industry: https://bit.ly/3vd19Ho. What started off as a legacy hiring topic evolved into a conversation about exposure and education. Here are a few highlights. While it’s still a “who you know” business, we believe the best way to have a diverse and qualified talent pool is through exposure, education and connection. Here’s how we can make an…

Hybrid Workplace: The Future of Office?

Introducing the Hybrid Workplace

By David Poline

It’s 2019. You’re a business owner, and you’ve been toying around with allowing your employees to work remotely one to two days per week. But you’ve got a lot of questions —Will they still be productive? Will our company culture remain intact? Is this option even something employees want? Fast forward to March 2020 and that decision has been made for you. Future of Office Space Due to COVID-19 and the forced, immediate adoption of…

WFH Fatigue: It's a Real Thing

WFH Fatigue: It’s a Real Thing

By David Poline

Little did we know in March that when we packed our office essentials and shifted to a home work environment, we would still be there in early September. Most of us were probably thinking we would work-from-home (WFH) for six to eight weeks max. Obviously, that’s not been the case. At the onset, I’ll admit I almost enjoyed the slower pace—not having multiple meetings in various locations daily, being on time for dinner with the…

Team Members Experience Fatigue, Managers Should Adjust

Team Members Experience Fatigue, Managers Should Adjust

By David Poline

The readjustment of workforce expectations due to the fatigue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the news. Managers must evaluate their expectations of their teams, argues a recent Harvard Business Review article featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Shelter in place and, for many, work from home has been the norm over the past few months. Some of us have been work-from-home superstars and maintained equal or even higher levels of productivity in…

Managing Expectations Is Key As We Work From Home

Managing Expectations as We Work from Home

By David Poline

So much of Poline & Associates’ business (and life in general) revolves around managing expectations. In fact, part of the value proposition in hiring a search firm is that the firm facilitates communication between a company and the candidates under consideration. When a hiring representative goes dark on you, it's easy to assume the worst. Your mind races to think of all the reasons you haven't heard back. More often than not, the delay has…

Employee Engagement = Retention + Leadership

Employee Engagement = Retention + Leadership

By David Poline

Our last blog focused on employee recognition and how it can improve retention, which we know from last year’s Millennial blog series is a major focus of many commercial real estate firms. Also tied closely to employee recognition is employee engagement. Data shows employers who provide recognition and engagement experience success in retention and leadership development. With that in mind, we continue our discussion with a focus on mentoring, employee engagement software and customized industry…

Employee Recognition is important to build company culture.

Employee Recognition: It’s Important

By David Poline

Simply put, employee recognition improves company culture, thus improving recruitment and retention. And who doesn’t want that? Especially in a climate where “38% of millennials polled would like to see their company recognition program improved.” Commercial Real Estate firms, among others, are taking note and upping their game. Some are implementing programs, like a Spot Award Program, and utilizing performance software, like Reflektive. Five Modern Employee Recognition Tips One employee recognition software provider, appropriately named…

Gender Diversity in the CRE industry can impact a firm's bottom line

Gender Gains: Why CRE Needs to Prioritize Diversity

By David Poline

Greater Gender Diversity = Greater Profits Hot off the presses, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) just released a white paper exploring women’s role and impact in the traditionally male-dominated field of commercial real estate. “Accelerating the Advancement of Women in Commercial Real Estate” is the latest in a growing body of work that discusses the need for – and benefit of – diversity in commercial real estate. Bottom-line benefits to inclusionary hiring and promotion practices…

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