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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03 Nov

Find The Root-Cause Then Solve Your Problem

Last week I wrote about the simplicity of Problem Solving.  A key component of solving any problem is to first identify the problems root-cause.  All too often we address symptoms of a problem and not its root-cause.  Imagine after feeling hot all we did was unbutton a collar or took off a sweater only later to discover that we have a fever and the cause of that fever is an infection from a simple cut.  Trying to solve a business problem based on symptoms alone could end with the same result – you could succumb.  How do you find the root-cause of a situation?  What steps do you follow?

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