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October 23-24

October 10, 2017 Xcelerate Summit

The World Economic Forum states that we have now entered the 4th Industrial Revolution; one where life as we know it will change more significantly in a shorter time than we as the Human Race have ever experienced. What this means is that regardless of the technology we integrate, and the speed we adopt it, we’ll always be a little bit behind, and will always have more to learn than we could possibly imagine. While this might be scary for some, here are three things to consider as the world as we know it starts to leap forward rather than step:

  • Businesses must be rooted in empathy and trust

Though it is tough to say exactly, what we do know is that people are subject to more advertising now than ever before. So much so, in fact, that we see between 4,000 and 10,000 advertisements in a single day. The result? Whether we like it or not, we’ve become great at filtering noise and desensitized to messages that aren’t authentic. Skip using buzzwords, only talking about the best parts of the job, and start really caring about people. No, I’m not talking about accommodating and catering to anyone; I’m talking about really building trust and being upfront about the experience in and outside of the job.

  • What works for them might not work for you

A best culture doesn’t universally exist. What works at Google, might not work for your people. Comparing apples to oranges is dangerous when it comes to building great places to work and establishing a strong culture. Unless the employees are truly understood, and the environment they work in enables them to do their best work, workplace culture will never be as strong as it could be. Don’t know what that looks like? Ask them. Chances are they’d love to have their opinion hear. This leads me to my third point.

  • Every team member must be heard

We’re long past the days where all decisions are made in the boardroom without consultation of the team. Imagine being in a room full of people only to have a select few come up with the ideas that shape and drive the next actions of the company. We simply can’t afford to not hear from the people that are ‘in the trenches’ when it comes to refining best practices and moving forward as an organization. Sure, the C-suite may make the final decision, but limiting the knowledge base isn’t affordable when competitors are using all of the resources (people) they have to be the best they can be.

The Future of Work has seemingly shifted from something that we were all excited about to something that we now seem to have started to fear. Change is inevitable and if we want to be able to do our best to not only keep up with the times, but create a great place to work, we have no choice but to get and use all of the help we can.

And while it may seem that we have to speed up to keep up, I’d invite you to consider that the best way to speed up us to slow down, be intentional, and ensure there is care and trust rooted in every decision made.

Eric Termuende

July 21, 2017 Xcelerate Summit

Things are a changin’ … Social Media is how employers and employees are finding jobs and people! You need to know where your prospective employees are looking.

Indeed, seems to a big one!  There are others, but this is one that is dominating the market. The days of posting expensive ads are over. Many ads placed in the newspaper are smaller and refer employees to their websites. You need to think about the age & skill set of the staff you are attracting or want to attract. They are not picking up the newspaper – they are blogging and doing online searches!

How about Glass Door … are you familiar with this one? Employees post their opinions about their experience with employers.  What if you have negative reports? It impacts your ability to attract prospective employees. Employees are looking for a chance to grow their skills, work permanently, have benefits, and support their families! Like the housing market it is an employees’ market and you need to be prepared.

I have heard over and over again this summer that no one seems to want to work! Not true; they do! Employers need to find out what motivates them.

How about interviewing? Are the right questions being asked? Behavioural based questions demonstrate the absence or presence of a skill. Don’t ask questions like “Are you organized”?  Instead say, “Give me an example of time when you had a busy day with lots of priorities and tell me how you organized yourself? What tools did you use? How did you manage interruptions?”  Now that will tell you if they are organized. (Or not.)

Learn about social media and recruitment and how to ask the right questions to ensure you are getting the fit you need. It is an important investment in your business so devote the time!

See you in October.

Take your business to Hire Ground!

 Susan Keast

Career Broker

Join Susan Keast in her breakout session, “Because it is 2017! Recruitment Strategies for Today’s Business” on Wednesday October 25th from 10am-11am! Read more about her breakout session here.



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