The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

September 11, 2018

Banning Work Emails Outside Office Hours: The Conversation


A 2017 study found that the average worker spent an average of eight hours a week sending emails outside of work. The average worker also checks their email or chat every 7.5 minutes. There have been talks about introducing the ban to New York City’s five boroughs whereby businesses failing to abide by the rule would face fines.

August 07, 2018

What to Do if You No Longer Want the Job or Want to Continue the Process


In a fast-paced world of hyper-communication, it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of “ghosting” has emerged in many facets of our lives. Originally the term was in reference to dating culture where an individual would all of a sudden cease communication with another. We are now seeing this behavior in a professional sphere.

July 24, 2018

How to Come Back From a Workplace Faux Pas


Maybe it was a mistake made in an interaction with a colleague or rather you made a misstep with a client outside of your organization. The fact of the matter is that yes the faux pas says a lot about you as a professional and on a personal level, however, how you recover from it speaks volumes too.

July 17, 2018

What to do When There are Fires to put out but You Aren’t a Firefighter


It seems to be that you can’t open your browser without seeing another scandal from a multi-billion dollar company - of which you are most likely a customer. From Facebook to Uber to Papa John himself, top executives continue to make headlines and often for the wrong reasons. This begs the question of where to from here.

July 06, 2018

How to make the most out of a Conference or Expo


There is a lot to be gained from expos and conferences but it’s important to note that leveraging the resources and exposure from events like these can be difficult. Below are some tips on getting the most out of conferences and exhibitions.

June 26, 2018

Takeaways from Amy Edmondson’s “How to Turn a Group of Strangers into a Team” TED Talk


“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Abraham Lincoln

May 08, 2018

Key Takeaways from J.B. Maverick’s Career Advice


Investopedia released an article on the differences between working in investment banking and working in private banking. Maverick’s sound advice resonated so much so that it warranted a summary of takeaways.

April 27, 2018

Second Time Lucky: How to Interview if it’s your second attempt


Sometimes candidates interview for jobs at their dream company and come out unsuccessful. It happens. It’s unfortunate but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of your journey to that company.

April 20, 2018

Survey Showing Vacation Shame on the Decline


The annual Family Vacation Survey by Alamo Rent A Car showed that 59 percent of adult workers claim that they put pressure on themselves to work whilst on a family vacation, while 51 percent feel guilty that a co-worker has to cover for them in their absence.

April 13, 2018

How to Best Take Constructive Criticism


Constructive criticism can be a bitter pill to swallow but like medicine, it is there to improve you, even if initially it doesn’t sit well. There is value in constructive criticism, bear in mind the following when it comes to receiving it.