Rick YvanovichNational DirectorWith the Profiles International Vietnam Blog, it is our mission to help organizational leaders and HR professionals improve their performance and workforce productivity.
What talented people want has changed. They used to want high salaries to verify their value and stable career paths to allow them to sleep well at night. Now they want purposeful work and jobs that fit clearly into the larger context of their career. And that means they want jobs that are sensible parts of an ongoing journey through a series of professional endeavors — not some supposedly linear path toward "success".
WACO, TX – April 9, 2013 – Profiles International, Inc., (Profiles) the leading talent management solutions provider for organizations worldwide, announced that the company has successfully completed Service Organization Control (SOC) audits conducted by award-winning accounting firm Whitley Penn LLP. The SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports state Profiles maintains effective controls over the security, availability, and confidentiality of its talent management solutions systems.
Small businesses must continually search for ways to make the whole more valuable than the sum of its parts. Though one might expect them to be most applicable to large companies with substantial headcounts (and budgets), small business leaders can also take advantage of people management solutions to align and improve their organizations.
Selecting and hiring the perfect employee is a difficult task, but if done right, it is one of the most important moves you can make for your business. In an economy like todays, there is no room for bad hiring decisions! And the interview process plays a key role in hiring the best candidate for the job.
There is no greater tragedy in business than hiring competent employees into jobs in which they are destined to fail. When this happens, their potential is wasted. Could your employee hiring process use some improvement? Do you find that you hire employees with long-term expectations, and yet their employment is short-lived?
Every team is different but all have the common characteristic of a shared end goal. This is the reason the team exists. Pursuit of this end goal is the measure of a team’s success. It does not matter if a team is comprised of the best employees at your company. If they are not making timely progression toward a goal, the team has failed. It may seem that selecting the highest performing employees would make the most successful team possible. But the highest performing employees are not always the best picks.
A popular doodle illustrating “What People Think Success Looks Like Vs. What It Really Looks Like” has created a buzz online. In the image, ideal success is portrayed as a straight 45 degree arrow, constantly and steadily increasing. The image of what success really looks like is still an arrow moving up, but it resembles a bird’s nest with twists, turns and knots along the way. This twitter-popular image is simple, yet so true. The road to success is certainly not a straight upward arrow! There will always be knots to untie and challenges to overcome, that’s why conflict management skills are essential for success.
Legendary basketball player and coach John Wooden once said, “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” This quote perfectly illustrates how dealing with conflicts can effectively lead to success.
Have you ever heard of Aesop’s Fable, The Belly and the Members? Well the fable reads:“One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work. So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work to do. But after a day or two the Members began to find that they themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs were unable to support the rest. So thus they found that even the Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body, and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.”
Is there a skills gap in your organization? Do you have vacant positions, which require high-level skills that are hard to find? According to a recent study from CareerBuilder, 38 percent of employers cannot find qualified candidates to fill a position. The study found that the top five areas most difficult to recruit for are:
How much do you spend on recruiting and replacing an employee? It is estimated that most organizations spend between $4,000 and $40,000. Understandably, with such a large range, most managers have come to accept employee turnover as a normal business practice.
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