Attrition’s Rat Race: Fact or Fiction?

Attrition is Obsolete! Often so many still considered this as a mark of the good. Even me! Why?….

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared an article by Daniel Sonsino titled Attrition is Obsolete.  In it he discussed the very necessary topic of attrition. Often so many still consider this as a mark of the good. Even me! Why? Because in my capacity as head of Human Resources for a major international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, boasted of less than 5 percent turnover for years! Wow! What an achievement!

Not so today. Workers in today’s workforce are the least bit Tame. They are restless and not Cloaked as Sinsono argued in the following points:

  • People are changing jobs more frequently. staying with a job from lifetime, then over 4 years, to now less than 3 years.
  • Millennials are restless. Over 60 percent are open to new job opportunities
  • Employment relationships are changing. 40 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of continent workers including temps, self-employed, and part-timers
  • Talent is in charge. People have more career options and leverage.

Reducing Attrition: What to do?

Reducing attrition rates is like keeping ice solid in the hot sun…it’s futile. People leave for reasons including spouse’s new job, family care-giving responsibilities, or lower cost of living.

Sonsino suggested that employers focus on:

  • Accepting that you will not retain all your employees
  • Focus your efforts on the employees who are most important to retain (i.e. those with the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to your business).
  • Build an alumni network so you can keep track of those who leave. Attract them back when the time is right.
  • Revise HR policies that make it harder for former workers to return. Welcome back boomerang employees with potentially continued vacation, stock options etc.
  • Establish shared accountability. Partner with other executives and when employees leave, counter with an offer letter good for up to 2 years in the future.
  • Devise a workforce composition strategy. Devise programs to attract to full-time status those contingent workers critical to your business. In exchange, also do the reverse.  Move some full-time workers, to contingent worker status.

Does the above bring  an Exceptional level of curiosity and discomfort to your business? Indeed it is cause for concern. If you need help with shifting up your workforce, consider an external partner. It will be worth it.

Cheers!

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Fired To Hired!

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It’s Definitely a Tough Blow to be Fired

Thorny! Stop! Come on in, we understand!

A colleague received a call that her mom had to undergo emergency surgery due to a toe injury. By the time she got to the hospital, the leg had to be removed. Naturally, this was a shock as her life was immediately turned upside down. She had no choice but to voluntarily resign from her position to be by her mom’s side. She had to be there to assist in any way she could. That was her voluntary decision.

You may not have had the choice. Things happen. You lose your job because of restructuring, organization change, Tentative changes, and more. All involuntarily. You’re sad. Filled with remorse, and totally depressed. But you don’t have to go it alone. This is where we come in to assist you with getting pass this hurdle and getting settled into the job of your choice in your time. Here are the details:

Fired to Hired is a 5-Week Series of Group Online training sessions for individuals who have been:

  • Laid off
  • Out of Work for a while including Mothers who are ready to return to the workforce
  • Dismissed
  • Anyone frustrated with their current job situation

Class size is small with a Group of individuals experiencing the same circumstances.

You will learn strategies on:

  • Rebuilding your Public Profile (Resume, LinkedIn Profiles etc)
  • Developing Success Mindset
  • Matching The Right Job for you
  • Job Search Strategies

With the techniques taught, you will be able to land a Flavorful job that will make you want to jump out of bed each morning.

Sign up now and take advantage of early registration rates.

See you on the inside!

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.

Comfort zones…, don’t you just love ’em? I have always taken pride in the care of my skin, especially my face. I just hate it when it looks neglected. When I was 18 years old, I discovered a skincare product that worked. After migration many years ago, I would import the product because…it worked. When it became increasingly difficult for me to access the product, I embarked on a research to find a replacement product that would work as well.

In so doing I found one. Yea! Me happy! Then years later, I discovered that I couldn’t find that product!!! What the heck?! I searched Amazon (they have everything right)? Sure enough, I still couldn’t find it. Now what am I going to do? Implement the same Thorny ritual? Research to find a replacement? Just hate that!

Then I started thinking....

Don’t we just love our comfort zone? In our comfort zone we are assured of things working the way we want it. We can predict it. There are no surprizes. But…in our comfort zone is the exact place we find no growth! I wrote previously about who moved my cheese ….going to the little grocery store and finding it was sold! How dare the owners move on to something better? Yet that is exactly what I preach everyday. Though I apply it to my professional life, I tend to forget those areas associated with my personal life. The skin care product; the little grocery store; my kids growing up! Why do we have to move on? Why? Why? Why?

Because….

Our comfort zone is a beautiful place, but NOTHING Grows there! We must move on in order to grow… to reach our full potential. Is there something that you have been trying to do for years? Maybe moving on from a job that you’re sick of? A desire to get that dream home? Start a family? Going on that dream vacation? Start that business? Get that education for that dream career? Why not step out today?  Connect with me and learn how I helped many others do just that. Learn how they stepped out into doing what they have always wanted to do with no regrets.

Come on, make that move right now. Just do it.

Cheers!

Take This Job And …

HLN’s Carol Costello in her interview with a representative, clarified his statement that he was resigning right there and then… on The Across America National TV program. As she probed, he confirmed his decision that he was resigning effective immediately. Did he submit a written resignation? He replied that he had not, and did not intend to do so. The interview was his way of saying Take this Job and Shove it.

Is that form of resignation acceptable? It sure is. I have seen resignations done in numerous forms ranging from a hilarios post-it note on a supervisor’s desk, the flight attendant who resigned on-flight, to the news reporter who resigned while delivering her report. And of course, let’s not forget the usual acceptable form to Elevate notice… in writing.

But before you jump to do the same, there are things to be considered. I am certain that the representative that was being interviewed live, had given some thought to his decision before. We were just not privy to it. Undoubtedly, there are many who have turned in their resignations with immediate effect without thinking about it. The next step was filled with regrets and excuses about being emotional and angry. As an HR practitioner for many years, I have had my share of employees who have acted in the heat of the moment, then later we had to work together to clean up.

Resignation: A Few Tidbits

Think before you act. You’re frustrated. Yes it’s understood. But are you adequately prepared for the next step in your career?  Do you have up to 3-6 months savings to cover your bills while you job hunt or decide on the next step? How is your public profile? When employers conduct a research, what will they find? Educate yourself on life after your frustrating job.

If you experience that negative feeling in your gut in your attempt to answer these questions, let’s connect. I will help you decide on the process to get out of your comfort zone to do what you always wanted to do.

Remember, Consult with me before you act!

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Refocus: Your Brand. Their View…

You have made up your mind about where you want to go and what you want to do. Now what? It’s time to set Sail. Take a look at what others will see when they start searching for you. How is your CV/Resume? When was the last time you looked at it? By the way, your Resume should be kept current every time you make a change on the job in terms of your achievement. It should be added. Don’t wait until years later you start scrambling to find what did I do again? What are the gaps between the Dash?

What about your public profiles? Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Is it a ghost (i.e. no picture); does it reflect where you want to be? Or is it depicting some Plucked career you did back when you just started working years ago? What about Facebook? It’s where most headhunters go to look to find out about you before they even connect with you. What are their likes? Dislikes? What activities are you involved in? We can sell ourselves in an interview but when doing a public search, what will they find? Make sure their search comes up with what you want them to know about you.

Need help? Lets Connect.

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7 Essential Steps To Busting Career Barriers… 

It’s the most devastating news! I sat across from Kate with her manager. We shared the news that today was her last day. It was nothing she had done wrong. It was simply a change in business strategies. Over 50 percent of employees had to go. Kate was one. She cried. Begged. Pleaded. She had kids, and was the sole provider. But there was nothing we could do. She had to go, as did the others. It was a Uniform strike across the board.

Have you or anyone you know ever been blindsided by such horrific news? You worked hard. You were a Natty and diligent employee who went above and beyond the call of duty. Yet, it was now your time. You wonder how you can survive. Life seems insurmountable. I am here to tell you that you can survive. Here are 7 Steps that will help to guide you through such trying times of change.

Discover The 7 Essential Steps to Busting Those Career Barriers & Land That Dream Job

1. Busting the Fear (New Mindset)

2. Refocus: Your Brand Their View (CV/LinkedIn Profile & More)

3. Job Search: Apply the Right Techniques

4. Ace That Interview! 

5. The Aftermath (what to do while waiting)

6. Happy Landing (The Job)

7. Acclimated (Settling in the New Role)

If these steps resonate and you need help getting started, let’s connect today. Download the full details of the 7 Steps to Busting Career Barriers as you ride the waves and Blossom to a new mindset to land that new and exciting dream role!

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17 Ways To Inspire Creativity…

It’s a story of humility, bravery, admiration, fear, teamwork, leadership, and most of all calm in the midst of tragic…

 Who would have thought a flock of birds would create such havoc? Yes indeed. Though extremely rare as one in a billion, it happens. The movie Sully shared the real life story of the pilot whose quick decision saved passengers on an aircraft he was flying. He landed in the Hudson River, and miraculously saved over 150 lives. It’s a story of humility, bravery, admiration, fear, teamwork, leadership, and most of all calm in the midst of tragic circumstances.

Doesn’t this story inspire you?

Brian Tracy asked his audience “Who inspires you?” Many responding giving answers such as God, family including mom, dad, spouse, as well as leaders like Brian Tracy, Oprah, John Maxwell, mentor, teacher, coach, political leaders, and more. But surprisingly, one response stood out when a male said that he was not inspired by anyone or anything. Should this be reason for alarm? Do human beings need to be inspired? What happens if we are not inspired? Even more, can we Survive without inspiration?

Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative.

Inspiration is described as being mentally stimulated to do something. If we are not inspired, chances are we will become stuck, demotivated, lethargic, and life may become meaningless. It’s like there’s no Reprieve. So here are a number of things to do to keep those motivation levels high, as well as arouse your critical thinking skills.

17 Ways to Become Inspired

  1. Listen to Music
  2. Watch animals or children play outdoors
  3. Enjoy nature. Go to the beach. Watch the waves
  4. Travel someplace you have never been
  5. Tune in to motivational speakers such as those on the increasingly popular Ted Talk
  6. Listen or Read about others who have overcome adversity
  7. Try something new that you have always wanted to do but were afraid
  8. Create a vision board
  9. Consider the challenges you’re facing. Identify solutions
  10. Ask people what they are grateful for, and reflect personally
  11. Join an organization of people making a diference in the world
  12. Read an autobiography
  13. Disconnect and write in a journal
  14. Get a hobby. Express yourself creatively e.g. sculpting, or playing an instrument
  15. Let go of something
  16. Take pictures outdoors. Breathe.
  17. Reflect on what you have learned/acomplished and how it has helped you make a positive difference in the life of others

There you have it. Adopt one, two, three or more and become inspired!

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Top 3 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs…

Oprah Winfrey displays this attribute rising from humble beginnings being teased, molested yet used this as a stepping stone when she

An entrepreneur is someone who organizes and operates a business taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

From dream to reality! Entrepreneurs start out with a small idea; work that idea until it becomes real. Some fail. Others blossom into true success. Among the successful are leaders Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and many more.

In order to be successful, skill set is important. Shark Tank’s renowned entrepreneur, Damon Johns pooled comments about the skills that business owners associate with being successful. Courage, risk-taking, communication, vision, self-discipline, and faith were among the common responses. But the top skills turned out to be the attributes listed with definitions from research in the book Success Strategies of Leaders.

Top 3 Entrepreneurial Skills

Passion. Defined as being passionate about what you are doing and putting your heart into it, as well as connecting with the possibilities of the future and having the chance to do something about. Oprah Winfrey displays this attribute rising from humble beginnings being teased, molested yet used this as a stepping stone when she entered broadcasting. Producers noticed her oratory skills, and passion. The rest is history.

Self-Confidence

This attribute includes a sense of self-esteem and self-assurance and the belief that you can make a difference. It allows the individual to feel assured that his or her attempts to influence are appropriate and right. Walt Disney was a farm boy who had a natural inclination for drawing cartoons. He went to work with universal studios and when his contract ended he confidently created Mickey Mouse. He maintained focus on his dream to have a theme park that was like no other in the world. He stepped forward confidently and did just that. Disney is a household name worldwide.

Persistence

Refers to the desire to never give up in spite of all the odds. Follow through, endurance, and not giving up in pursuit of goals are attributes of persistence. Others include exhibiting determination, initiative, and willingness to assert oneself, being proactive and having the ability to persevere in the face of obstacles. Steve Jobs dropped out of college because of financial difficulties. He eventually enrolled in a calligraphy class, created a company from which he was eventually fired. But he never gave up. He later started Apple computers with his childhood friend, and achieved successful making an impact on how mankind communicates digitally worldwide.

There you have it. The top 3 skills Passion, Self-confidence, and Persistence that entrepreneurs should have as derived from business owners. So if you’re a career changer thinking of taking this bold step, consider these traits. Do you have what it takes? Don’t stay Adrift, take that bold step to realizing your dreams.

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WHen Life Knocks You Off Your Feet…

when life knocks you down; when sickness, pain, sudden job loss, marriage fails, children falter, relationships go south; cry if you must but…

Alena planned an inaugural event for a learning institution in need. It was going to be grand. Sponsors actively participated. The media agreed to show up. Surprisingly the greatest struggle came from the leadership. It seemed it was going to be a failure. Downcast she continued the event’s activities. Naturally, fear, anxiety, agitation and more reared its ugly head. But she plodded on.

The event turned out not to be a Notorious Farce. The turnout was grand though a little less than she planned but the event was a tremendous success. She walked away with key learnings for the next year. Yup! There’ll be another.

So when life knocks you down; when sickness, pain, sudden job loss, marriage fails, children falter, relationships go south; cry if you must but just stay focused on your goal. You’ll get there with consistency, tons of hard work, and persistence. Find a mentor, a confidante, or Coach who will help you ride the waves. Never Give Up. Let the negatives Descend and remember, nothing good comes easy. Stay the course. You’ll get there.

Cheers!

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Success Can Happen At Any Age. Here are 25 Successful People Who Did It…

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You have been trying, yet in spite of all your efforts, you have not been able to see the real fruits of your labor. Be encouraged…don’t give up. Pablo shared 49 examples of people who achieved Success at different ages. This shows that whatever your dreams, goals, and aspirations you can do it. The individuals listed were no different from any of us. Though Knackered, they just gave it their all…never gave up, and it worked. From his list, here are 29 of my faves.

  1. Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
  2. Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Ann frank.
  3. Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
  4. Elvis was a superstar by age 19
  5. John Lennon was 20, and Paul McCartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961
  6. Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
  7. Issac Newton wrote Philosophiae Naturalis Principal Mathematica at age 24
  8. Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
  9. Michaelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures by age 28
  10. J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter.
  11. Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
  12. Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which became the highest-rated program of its kind
  13. Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream
  14. Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon
  15. Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.
  16. Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
  17. Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
  18. John F Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
  19. Henry Ford was 45 when the Ford T came out.
  20. Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 when he painted the Mona Lisa
  21. Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became President
  22. Ray Kroc was 52 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels
  23. Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
  24. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States
  25. Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President

There you have it. 25 Blanket examples of those who dared to step out. Success came their way because they pursued their passion and never gave up. Remember it’s never too late!

What are you afraid to do today?

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