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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10 Nov

Workforce Stability is a Key Performance Indicator

How many of you reading this have experienced a layoff?  Not enough work and BOOM, laid off.  Discontinuing a product or service line and BOOM, laid off.  It is painful as an employee and painful as a business.  Further, the cycle of hire and layoff can be damaging to a businesses Brand and future recruiting efforts.  After all, who wants to take a job when you know in a few months you will most likely be laid off.  There is a way to eliminate or significantly reduce this practice for most businesses.  It takes work, you have to be patient and persevering, you have to use math, but it is proven time and again to help businesses succeed.  It has been proven to drive business success in such a way that staffing the workforce becomes less of a problem.  What is this process?

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20 Oct

Change is More Than a Word.

Change, adapting to change and the ability to change are critical elements of any businesses ability to grow and be sustained.  New ideas, different perspectives, and experiences, appropriate business behaviors are all part of why a business should change.  Some businesses celebrate their change by telling everyone they change for a changing world; or similar words.  Change done right is good.  With so many businesses in the US wanting to be better, to perform better, why, when they recruit for their leadership roles, do they insist that “You Must Be Exactly Like the Person Who Used to Work Here?”

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13 Oct

Covering Up Culture With Compensation

Our current talent shortage is not the first one American Business has faced.  We saw it during the Dot-Com bubble, and different industries have experienced it in a more specific way.  During each of these periods of shortage one trend is constant; to compete businesses feel they must increase the compensation of their employees to attract and retain them.  It doesn’t work.  Someone will always pay more and business will continue to raise wages to be competitive.

More often than not the number one reason that business does not succeed in attracting and retaining talent is their culture.  A friend of mine, Mark Leupold of Express Employment Professionals in Appleton Wisconsin describes this business worst practice as “Covering Up Culture With Compensation.”  With qualification, he is profoundly correct. We are not suggesting that you not pay fair or competitive wages, but we are suggesting that there are other methods that not only are more effective but won’t harm your business.  What does that mean?

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22 Sep

Our Workforce Is Our Greatest Asset

“Our Workforce is our greatest asset.”  I think most of us have heard those words, or similar, spoken by the leaders of most businesses.  It is important that they truly believe that.  However, how many of them truly take the necessary steps, both tactically and strategically, to make those words a reality.  To put it another way, how many businesses truly walk the talk?  Is your workforce truly your greatest asset?

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