Bloomberg recently reported the amount of jobs available in the U.S. went down in January. Here is the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/adp-says-companies-in-u-s-add-fewer-workers-than-forecast-1-.html
My concern isn’t that jobs are going down as much as it is that employers now have the means to hire and aren’t. Construction is booming. This is a plus. But other industries are failing. I think the reason is that we have learned to live with one person doing two to three jobs for so long now, as a result of the failing company, that hiring more support… Read more
The other day I heard someone say that college was a waste of time in this economy and job market. I couldn't disagree more. While more and more people are obtaining jobs meant for those with a college degree, there is something to be said for the levels of networking and character building brought on through the college experience. No one, and I mean no one, should let their future be dictated by the current challenges of society. Society's needs change, the value of a good education does not.
Here's… Read more
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
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
Today's blog is more of a photo example of the great work we do placing the right people with the right companies.
These three photos (below) were taken at a large limestone quarry plant in central Texas. We recently recruited and placed a Plant Operations Manager at this job site. Yet another successful placement for us!
If you need to hire great talent, or you're seeking an amazing company to work for, please call or email us. In fact, you can apply for a job 24/7 right here on this… Read more
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.
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My business is the HR business. I have to advocate for both employers and employees. Team building exercises tend to really help when it comes to meshing these two sides together. There are several resources online for team building advice. If you simply Google the term "free team building exercises" over a million hits come up. Just check out this link! https://www.google.com/search?q=free+team+building+exercises&rlz=1C1SKPL_enUS447&oq=free+team+building+exercises&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.777j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
I've spent a day or two looking through all the free advice online. While some tips are great, there are a lot of bad ideas out there. Some… Read more
Being an executive is hard. No, I am not complaining. But, I am saying our current work culture is changing - and not always for the best. What I mean is that our social media accounts seem to be taking over our lives and leading to a 24/7 work day. I see people all the time having breakfast with their families and sending emails from their phones. Even better, the birthday dinner that is being multi-tasked with viewing a web presentation at work from an iPad. Where have our personal… Read more
CEOs are prone to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) not because they don't get enough sleep, but because they spend most of their time at their desks. According to The Mayo Clinic, "Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. " And, CFS doesn't improve with sleep! What causes it? Well, there are still studies being conducted but the preliminary results are linked to mental stress and strain- probably why so many CEOs have this!
The reason why… Read more