Fake? No! Top 100 Companies to Work for

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Imagine having virtual doctor’s visits, second-opinion services, in-house breast cancer screenings; 3 organic meals prepared a day; unlimited snack plus coffee and tea; free personal fitness classes, health clinics, on-site oil change (say what??!!); haircuts, spa-truck, bike-repair-truck, nap pods, free on-site laundry rooms, and much more! Way cool right?!! It sure is!  And yes, we are talking about the top company to work for …Google! Wouldn’t you just love your company to offer even a few of these awesome benefits? Here are 8 more from Fortune’s 2016 list that captured my attention.

Baptist Health South Florida

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Just imagine leaving your company, and having the ability to return within 5 years if you have a change of heart! Not only that but boomerangs are able to take advantage of a policy that allows employees to retain their seniority status and preserve their benefits! This includes retirement vesting, and paid time off-accrual. Way cool right?

Stryker

Stryker (medical device company), encourages employees to observe surgeries, attend trade shows, ride along with sales reps during customer meetings, and listen to patient stories. One employee shared “I see the face of someone who is alive because of our product, and that’s amazing”.

Southern Ohio Medical Center

Spouses, dependent and adult children of employees qualify for up to $10,500 in tuition reimbursement. Employees spend over 40,000 hours volunteering in the local community. Great example of giving back.

Workday

Celebrates Bring-your-Parents-to-Work day. Also, new employees receive a new laptop, a branded license plate cover; workday baseball game jersey, and a pair of red socks that they wear on the last day of each quarter as part of their company tradition.

Publix Supermarkets

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The largest employee owned company offers healthcare for part-timers, and tuition reimbursement. They automatically dump shares into stock accounts at the end of each year. Talk about ownership!

Adobe

Values giving workers time away. Employees get a paid 6 week sabbatical every 4 years! Coupled with that, Adobe celebrates weeklong shutdowns twice a year.

The Cheesecake Factory

Has a long history of promoting from within! 100% of general managers, executive kitchen managers, and area field leaders were hired internally. Not to mention that they all started in hourly paid entry level jobs.

JM Family Enterprises

Colin Brown, Chairman and CEO says a healthy culture is about taking care of one another sharing in successes, and building trusting relationships. Achieving business results and preserving the organization’s culture are not mutually exclusive objectives. At JM Family, they focus on integrating the two in everything they do. Great example of when the company does well, employees also benefit.

 

So give your team a boost by implementing an additional strategy or two this year. It will boost your bottom line, your organization’s culture, and have the best workers in the market knocking on your doors to come in when you’re ready to hire!

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Career On The Move…Job Relocation

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Moving! It’s one of the most stressful things to do! But moving for desired personal reasons including new job, new spouse (yikes!), education, and more makes the end result more gratifying! We get that Adrenalin rush because it’s something we desire. Packing those boxes, suitcases, and rummaging our belongings into trucks to go away , to Relocate…makes the journey worth the while (well at least through the honeymoon stage). I have done my fair share and have also helped many career transitioners relocate in my HR consulting role.

To make things easier, Tor Constantino shared five things to ask for when relocating for a job. These are:
1. Take a scouting trip.
     Purpose: To see your new home environment of course! Look for permanent housing
    while you’re at it.
2. Ask About Temporary Housing
   This helps offset the burden of security deposits, and helps in finding the best option for a more permanent home without the pressure.
3. Whole house pack and transport
    Some companies provide this but it is cautioned to read the fine prints. Know what it
   entails and by the way, some things are tax deductible. So save receipts for gas and more.
4. Storage of Home Goods.
    Some transportation companies provide storage which can be an advantage until you find your ideal home.
5.Cash Stipend for Miscellaneous Expenses
   And they do come in many forms, from airfares, car rental, family dislocation (some here, some there), and the like.
Moving! Relocation! It’s hard but sometimes it cannot be helped especially when the grass seems greener on the other side. Get organized! No need to be scared, it’s not such a bad thing.
Need help? Let’s Connect!
Cheers!

Re-Energize! Where the Sea Meets the Sky

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What’s more relaxing than being on the beach watching the line where the sea meets the sky. Listening to the sound of the waves gushing against the sand. Watching kids play.

Takes you faraway from life’s cares…doesn’t it? Tis Beautiful.

Superstitions, worries, cares of the world aside, everyone needs this time away. It makes life perfect. Meaningful. The serenity of the seaside provides a pause to life’s challenges, workflow, heartaches, sorrow, and pain. It quiets our hearts and instills the comfort needed for life’s cares, joys, goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Staycation, vacation, or whatever you wish to call it, give yourself a boost. Reinvigorate. Re-energize. It will work wonders for your goals, faith, thoughts, and aspirations. Plan your getaway soon.

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I Hear Footsteps…

I hear Footsteps. It’s getting louder. It’s calling. Now shouting for some well needed time to relax.

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I hear Footsteps. It’s getting louder. It’s calling. Now shouting for some well needed time to relax. Time to rejuvenate. Time to listen to the waves. Time for quiet, peace, and serenity. I hear Footsteps.

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Fearless! Greatness!

What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

Fear has crippled many. Often our dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires remain stuck by the realities of life. Yes, they may be valid concerns but it’s when we step out in spite of our fears that we achieve great things.

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JUST DO IT!

What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

Fear has crippled many. Often our dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires remain stuck by the realities of life. Yes, they may be valid concerns but it’s when we step out in spite of our fears that we achieve great things. Years ago I decided to do a tandem jump-16,000 ft in the air! Boy was I afraid! But I did it anyway. I have always encouraged my girls to be Brave. To step out inspite of their fears. I encourage them to feel the fear but do it anyway. And despite my apprehension…, despite my fear…, I jumped! and I survived with the lasting memory to feel the fear but do it anyway. That’s how I approach my life goals.

Here are a few quotes from people who have achieved great things from different walks of life. My hope is that it will encourage someone today to step out in faith and achieve your dream, your hopes, your aspirations. Go ahead, Express yourself

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Taylor Swift

 

 

I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.

 

 

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Christian Bale

I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.

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Natalie Cole

My father was a pioneer in so many ways. He was fearless, and I think that I kind of picked that up from him as well.
janelle monaeI feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes.

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Maya Angelou

 

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

 

 

 

 

Hiring and Dating…The Similarities

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Tall, dark, and handsome was he. A sports enthusiast who was popular with everyone. As his interest and approach grew, she was smitten and fell head over heels in love. She left her quiet, loyal, and committed guy for one who was more outgoing, adventurous and fun to be around. Sadly, she looked at the outward appearance but not the heart. Needless to say, as time flew by, so did his interest. He was more of a heartache to be around since his fun loving ways attracted other fun loving pursuers. The rest is history.

This too is true of the hiring process.

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Tall, dark, and handsome was he. A sports enthusiast who was popular with everyone. As his interest and approach grew, she was smitten and fell head over heels in love. She left her quiet, loyal, and committed guy for one who was more outgoing, adventurous and fun to be around. Sadly, she looked at the outward appearance but not the heart. Needless to say as time flew by, so did his interest. He was more of a heartache to be around since his fun loving ways attracted other fun loving pursuers. The rest is history.

This too is true of the hiring process. At the outset employers look for those people who are outgoing, people with great resumes filled with the right keywords, and people who excel at interviewing. Minimized are the introverts who require more effort to get the value they are sure to bring at the right price, but difficult to unearth during the recruitment process. So at last after a lengthy process through the maze of online and mobile devices we find just the right one!

But hey… how can we keep ’em? Here are a few Retention tips compiled to help you.

  1. Track Retention. It has been said that if you’re not measuring then you’re practicing. Find out which line managers are doing well and which are not, then you will not know who needs coaching.
  2. Train Frontline Supervisors. People leave managers, not jobs. Train managers to have regular meetings to communicate employee expectations. Spend time with strong performers as well as low performers. Do not punish either group at the expense of the other.
  3. Hire the Right People the first time. Pay close attention to facets like integrity, attitude and integrity amongst other things like qualification, skills and experience. Together these things lead to retention.
  4. Offer Employees More Recognition, Responsibility, and Pay. Be creative. Find ways to recognize employees who meet goals. Experiencing budgetary constraints? Ask your connections to provide VIP tickets to special events or offer discounts at local stores. Also, never underestimate the power of a simple thank you or a well-done note which works wonders. Keep a close tab on industry compensation standards (performance bonus and benefits included).
  5. Find ways to increase Flexibility in Working Conditions. Offer flexible work schedules. Ensure employees are prepared to do what their job requires (e.g. travel, late nights, vacations, and more). Note that overly rigid work rules drive away workers.
  6. Create that Work/Life Balance. Train leaders how to handle workers in stressful positions.
  7. Develop the Right Culture. Create an environment that attracts the right employees. Your company culture should match the type of employee you want to employ, whether you opt for a by-the-book, strict workplace or a more casual, laid-back atmosphere.  Provide a comfortable work environment and culture. Ensure sufficient training, and support new hires until they are able to function on their own.
  8. Let Employees Participate in your Business Planning Process. Bring your team together when experiencing business growth, or changes in the industry. Have Brainstorming meetings to create strategies for new goals and objectives monthly, quarterly, annually and so on. Ask them to come up with 1-2 suggestions in a group or individually. This encourages them to feel important and valued. Most important—it fuels retention!
  9. Use contests and incentives to help keep workers motivated and feel rewarded. These programs can keep employees focused, boosts morale, and makes them excited about their jobs!
  10. Consider hiring a Human Resources Expert if your company has 15-50 employees.

Need help? With over 25 years’ experience managing Local and Global Human Resources, Cameron Calder & Associates Connects Talented People to Successful Companies. Visit us at www.ccahr.com  or email scameron@ccahr.com

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Paid Leave! Paid Overtime! Life’s Good!

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The United States lags behind over 70 countries now offering Paternity leave (Peck & Covert, 2014). It may take some time to catch up. But the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed that major Silicon Valley companies and others have already voluntarily started the trek granting leave benefits to both women and men. Way to go Silicon Valley. Life’s Good! Others will follow.

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OVERTIME: From $455 to $970 A Week…

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Imagine a wage hike from $455 to $970, a week! Workers would be thrilled! The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), discussed the proposed changes to federal regulations that would increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. David Mark explained that under the current federal rules employees earning up to $455 weekly or $23,660 per annum, would qualify for overtime pay. However, if changes are made this would more than double to $970 weekly, or $50,440 per annum. No doubt a dramatic boost in take home pay for over 5 million people.  This would certainly be a nightmare for employers who knowingly or unknowingly misclassify some workers, but definitely a dream come through for employees. Fleeting? Maybe. Stay tuned for more on this issue.

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If I had 6 hours….

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If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening my axe.                                                                                                   Abraham Lincoln

My Mom…My Journey

The nerve! How could she? But her question stayed with me for years

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I’ll never forget the sight. Standing in line more than a decade ago with hundreds of graduates awaiting the march into the ceremony, I saw my mom and dad walking in together a little late. She, with a basket of fruits too heavy for her to bear, but far too precious not to. Him, adorned in a bright red jacket as if to say “nobody is going to make me miss this special occasion when my daughter receives her Masters degree!” I must Confess
that I thought to myself…should I acknowledge them or should I shy away from this somewhat humorous sight? I dismissed the very thought and rushed to their side hugging them both. My action was met with admiration, claps, and with sounds of “awww”, as the waiting graduates stirred. Needless to say that this achievement was for both my parents as neither had college degrees. After the ceremony, my mom hugged and congratulated me with the question “when are you going to get the Doctorate?” The nerve! How could she? But her question stayed with me for years, even after the receipt of yet another Masters degree.

Years later, I finally succumbed to fulfilling her dream. She couldn’t do it so I decided to do it for her. A year into the program whilst en route to a mandated summer conference in Orlando, I received a call that she (with whom I spoke an hour earlier), had suffered a massive stroke!

That was the start of a year-long journey to be by her side through thick and thin. Ironically both our journeys were paths of learning. Hers being to learn to talk, to walk, to eat, to do life’s simple things, and to learn the basics of living all over again. Me, to face the reality of the situation that my mother was in, and to learn the skills to adequately provide her care. Along with my two sisters (one ailing with the ravages of cancer …now passed), we brought her to live closer so we could adequately care for her return to ‘normalcy’.

As I reflect on my Dissertation journey, on one occasion I remember receiving an important call from a professor while attending to her needs. I answered the call, got the coaching from the professor then returned to finish her care. This became a routine.

I remember being by her side at the hospital for hours, days, and weeks. She was my morning motivation. I couldn’t start the day without her knowing that I cared. It was the same at nights. I couldn’t end the day without visiting her, without her knowing that I was there for her. At work, the leaders knew that if they wanted my best then I needed an hour to be with my mom which was the fuel for the rest of my day. I happily worked that back during lunch or after hours. This went on for a year but sadly she never recovered. We later discovered that her body was wreaked with cancer unknown to our family. It was too much for her to bear.

After she passed this was my driving force. I had to finish my studies for her. I had to accomplish her dream, something she couldn’t do herself. I had to finish to show my two girls that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. I had to finish and leave something tangible behind.  This culminated in my research that tracked the paths of immigrant leaders and their journey to success to achieve the American Dream. I accomplished that feat two years after she passed away.

My mom was someone who wanted and accomplished much, even after she had gone. She remains my motivation. Today I salute her. Today she receives my standing Ovation!

As you reflect, is there anyone that has influenced your life? Do share, we would love to hear!

Cheers!