30 Mar

The Future of Work – Are You Ready

Work is changing, and for many, the future will eliminate the work they do today.  A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute concluded that nearly two-thirds of all jobs could have a significant part – at least 30% – of their activities automated by 2030.  That could affect 800 million roles, it said.  Further, “… about half of all work activities globally have the technical potential to be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies…”  This has a significant impact on the future of business and on the future of the workforce.  If you are a Business owner or Leader, preparing for this inevitable change should be a big part of your strategic planning.   The year 2030, the endpoint of this study, isn’t far away.

What will you do?

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23 Mar

Does Strategic Workforce Planning Add Significant Value?

What is the value of good Strategic Workforce Planning or SWP?  If done well, good SWP ensures that the workforce has truly contributed to the business’s bottom line.  More specifically, good SWP measures how well the workforce contributed to the business strategy and it accepts (embraces) that business outcomes are significantly driven by workforce performance.

Many businesses still treat their workforce like a cost that needs to be managed and controlled.

Why?

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16 Mar

Limiting Beliefs Are Sustaining Your Skill Shortage

Finding workers for your business is harder than ever. According to June 2018 article from CNN Business, There are now more job openings than workers to fill them. With unemployment nationally around 3.8% and here in Wisconsin at 2.8% business owners and leaders are struggling to find workers.  I find this issue to be profound and troubling. The reason, purely anecdotal but I feel a well-qualified anecdotal, is that I communicate weekly with a lot of unemployed highly skilled workers around the US.  To a person, they tell me they can’t get hired. These workers all have one thing in common; they are very experienced people over the age of 50.  And…you aren’t hiring or considering hiring them because of your limiting beliefs

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02 Mar

Why is Everyone Calling Themselves an Employer of Choice?

It sometimes seems as if every business in the US has decided they are the one.  It appears that every business has either declared itself an Employer of Choice or a Best Place to Work.  In a market where competition for talent is everywhere, I don’t understand why every employer wants to be just like everyone else.  There are seminars on “Becoming” a Best Place to Work, workshops on leveraging yourself as a Best Place to Work or Employer of Choice, and courses on Employer of Choice recruiting.  It seems as if every business is exactly the same and in being the same they become nothing more than words…so what do you do to overcome this?

What’s the solution?

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01 Dec

Employer of Choice – Just Say No!

We all see the words.  Businesses promote it as if somehow it makes them unique; “WE are an employer of choice.”  “Join us here at XYZ Company; We are an Employer of Choice.”  As if that is the only reason anyone would want to work for any company.  There are many problems with being an Employer of Choice (EOC).  To begin with, any employer can simply decide they are one.

Further, everyone seemingly is one.  There is nothing unique about being an employer of choice.  THAT is the problem; being an employer of choice does nothing for your business.

So what’s the solution?

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