Category CEO

Are You A Creepy CEO?

I recently read an article on being creepy in general. I’ll admit the headline grabbed me. As I started out to read a funny piece of web chatter, I really started to think about how many CEOs out there shared the same “creepy” qualities in an unintentional way. I decided to jot down three things I see CEOs do on a daily basis that could be construed as creepy. 1. Talk about appearances. Don’t be known as the boss who is always commenting on how people look. While you might… Read more

When To Follow Up

If you’re in a position to hire then be prepared for follow up phone calls and/or emails. I tell CEOs and other business decision makers to not be annoyed when a candidate is calling seeking an answer. Empathy for the interviewee is crucial. While you’re not going to love all the final candidates, you’re going to have to treat them with the same respect you would want. Don’t get annoyed if you receive a phone call following up on your hiring decision the day you said you’re going to be… Read more

Employees Who Text!

Texting has presented a unique problem to employers. Technically, these quick messages to check on kids or tell a spouse one is going to be late isn’t that big of a deal- and they’re a better option than long conversations that are personal and distract everyone in the office. But, speaking of distractions, texting can pull your employee’s focus away from a project. I suggest crafting a strict policy on texting while at work. There should be reasonable allowances and expectations within the policy. Texting interferes with productivity. This fact… Read more

Are You in the ‘Smart’ Habit Zone?

Here’s the thing – I run Building Team Solutions. I do get asked HR questions day in and day out. But I get a lot of general business questions. I can understand the reasoning as I work with many business leaders in dramatically different industries. So, is there a secret to success? This is another question I am asked a lot. While the secret recipe has yet to be debated, there are a few ‘Smart’ habits many great leaders have. For example; being an avid reader seems to be a… Read more

Business Owners… Are You Sleeping?

Business owners have to deal with a lot. There is the economy. There is the internal financial factor (are you making a profit?), and then there is the employee factor. A recent poll stated 23% of business owners lose sleep over employment issues at least once a week. Business owners have reported losing sleep over not being able to find the right employee, being worried about firing an employee who isn’t progressing, and/or not being able to afford the right employees. I’m here to tell you to stop worrying. I… Read more

Why “Temp” Can Mean A “Permanent Job.”

I’ve been posting a bit on temporary work. Well, most people seeking temp work really are after a permanent job. While the word “temp” might seem unattractive, let me give you the reasons behind its almost perfect setting: 1) Opportunity to work for companies that rarely advertise (because they found working with placement agencies and staffing firms saves them time and money). 2) You’re able to test out The company. Do you really like your manager? How about your co-workers? You can discover if a company really is a great… Read more

3 Ways To Get Yourself Fired

You might be asking yourself why this post is in the CEO blog. Well, I wanted to place it here because there is a new employment trend happening. What is it? Getting yourself fired. Yes, there are people out there who WANT to get fired so they can go on unemployment. While this demographic of applicants is low, it still is happening. Below are three surefire signs to look for when you think an employee might be trying to get him or herself fired; 1. Excessive sick days. As an… Read more

Social Media & Finding Employees

It is my business to find clients the best employees for their business. While I use all types of recruiting and screening tools, social media has helped introduce me to candidates that may have never thought about stepping foot into my office. You see, many candidates are seeking new jobs online without using the term “applying”, yes- there is a difference. These are people who want to find a better job but will not say they are looking for a better job out of fear they may lose the income… Read more

CEO Mental Health… 2 Things Driving You Crazy

CEOs are meant to handle stress. It is what most CEOs do best, at least it appears this way. Many people in leadership positions have to remain calm under pressure. But are you aware of the two things driving CEOs to have nervous breakdowns? CEOs have a winner-take-all mentality most of the time. This means they believe if they fail at something, life is over. We all know this isn’t true. However, this constant fear tends to make CEOs really nervous and truly keeps them up at night. Accept that… Read more

Personality Tests to Vet Candidates…Is It Legal?

It is no secret applicants tend to exaggerate (even outright lie) on resumes and application. As a result, personality testing has become a big part of today’s second-step employment screening process. Companies find a qualified applicant who does well on an interview, but then the applicant fails the personality test. Companies consider the personality test as a useful tool to weed out liars and those who might not fit within the company culture. But did you know how you conduct this type of testing can be illegal? It’s true. You… Read more