Is It Really That Simple?

Life’s mysteries are not easy to figure out. I guess that’s why they’re called mysteries. We may never get a good answer on whether a “big bang” created the universe, why socks get lost in the dryer, or a complete list of those 11 herbs and spices.   But one “mystery” doesn’t seem so mysterious:… Read More »

How Did We Do That?

We’ve all heard “high tech” jobs pay well and are the inner ring of economic development targets.  Where is high tech Nirvana?  Silicon Valley, once called the Santa Clara Valley, home to San Jose California and surrounding communities.  The crown jewel:  Stanford University.  But what other communities are attracting these bull’s-eye jobs, and why? A… Read More »

Of Knights, Knaves, and Moats

A thousand years ago a plant manager would protect his facility from dragons and black knights with a well-constructed castle, knights in shining armor, faithful steeds, and a wide moat.   Our 11th century manager would be exposed to familiar headlines: Pestilence, war, natural disasters, and Baron Clinton somehow getting lost in the forest in the… Read More »

That New Guy Is A Bit Stiff!

Much has been said lately about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the workforce. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have all weighed in, and recent research suggests some extremely significant disruptions. Some experts are suggesting outcomes more apocalyptic than Brian Williams accidently wandering into a VFW bar.   The scope of… Read More »

Where is the Sweet Spot?

If you’re responsible for staffing outcomes at your company you know it’s not getting any easier. “Good workers” are getting harder to find. I just did a search in the Utah Department of Workforce Services system. They have active postings seeking 526 “First Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers”, also known as a shift… Read More »

What’s Your HR Elevator Speech?

Why would a potential employee want to work for you rather than two dozen other opportunities? Can you answer that question quickly, with enthusiasm and conviction? Is your pitch compelling and inviting, with emotional and rational appeal?  Is your offer competitive?   Your sales and marketing people present a value proposition to potential customers. Something… Read More »

What Do “Temps” Mean To Your Organization?

Part of your job (probably one of the most significant parts of your job) as a company leader is to be an emotional anchor. You, plus some other key company leaders, ARE the culture.   You watch the vibe you project and you are aware of how you are seen by others. It’s not about ego… Read More »

Etiquette: Let it Make (Not Break) Your Chances at a Job

Etiquette, as Emily Post once declared, is the science of living. It may seem stuffy and outdated to some, but having established social protocols can be helpful in unfamiliar situations. A job search, for example, is a time where it can be a blessing to have guidelines to follow to make sure that you don’t… Read More »

Getting the Most from Your Temporary Employees

Nearly every business in the world could benefit from workforce flexibility. But what many professionals don’t realize is that “temps” can be used for more than just fill-ins for sick and vacation time. In fact, when used strategically, temporary staffing can improve productivity, increase capacity to handle spikes in workload, and provide access to specialized… Read More »