16 Feb

Solving Your Labor Issues Doesn’t take Rocket Science

Let’s are honest, the lack of labor is hurting many businesses.  Work is being done more expensively; huge unsupportable pay increases are being used to attract workers and yet, some of them still ghost you, leave you or simply cannot do the work at the quality level you and your customers demand.  This issue is harming your business growth AND the sustainability of your business.  You feel like you’ve tried everything and frustration is everywhere.  Your Cost of Goods Sold is increasing primarily due to excessive overtime and increasing wages to compete with your competitors who are doing the same.  What more can you do?

There is a 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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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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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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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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