"Employer of Choice" - Just Another Buzzword?Written by Harry K. Jones
There's a certain point in your business life where buzzwords become a nonentity. You've heard them all a million times. They soon mean nothing and actually become an annoyance. The list is endless ... quality, empowerment, walk-the-talk, open-book management, win-win, Y2K, out-of-the-box, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Growing tired of a buzzword certainly doesn't demean actual concept, program, or movement described by buzzword. In fact, it originally gained prominence by virtue of value it provided to masses.
Why even discuss buzzwords? There's a new one on horizon that, by all appearances, will impact workplace for quite some time to come. It will attract talented employees eagerly to your doorstep or send them directly to your competition, costing you time, effort, and dollars which simply can't be measured.
The new buzzword is simply "Employer of Choice" (EOC) and job-seekers across nation are hearing it often from schools, counselors, and placement agencies. Newspapers, magazines, and book publishers are jumping on band-wagon and cutting-edge organizations are striving to meet ever-increasing requirements to become an "Employer of Choice" (EOC).
However, it is sad to report that many organizations fail to recognize importance of this effort or simply choose to ignore it. Many others clearly have no idea what it means.
Simply defined, "Employer of Choice" is a term used to designate an organization that, because of its status and reputation, is always first choice (or at least on short list) of world-class candidates.
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER LEADER – OIL YOURSELFWritten by Bob Garner
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER LEADER – OIL YOURSELF
Maybe this happened to you before…if you don’t add oil to your car or your lawn mower, you are soon going to soon have problems. Why? Because oil is magic ingredient that reduces friction.
In workplace, there can be tons of friction. As leader, part of your job is to reduce that friction and keep all units working together smoothly. One way to day that is through developing a higher level of trust between yourself and those who report to you. Low levels of trust stifle innovation. If you aren’t trusted, your team will not act as a cohesive unit; they will provide you with excuses instead of answers to problems; they will not seek out new information or ideas, and they will treat any suggestions with suspicion.
It’s an unfortunate fact that many employees and executives spend a good part of their work day documenting their words and actions. People feel that that they need to reverse document everything they do in order to be “covered” in case of a problem. The cost to do this with regard to time lost and money spent is staggering.
Trust is expression of faith that makes it easy to have confidence in another person’s ability to perform well and keep promises. A leader must give his or her word and then stick to it. The moment that he or she does not, all trust is lost.