Entries by Chris Gardner

Why We Stay in Jobs We Hate

Beep… beep… beep.. your alarm beckons you to a new day.  As you reach across the bed to turn it off, how do you feel?  Besides tired, I mean.

Do you sigh just a little because you’d rather sleep?  Or, do you let out a gut-wrenching, wake-up-the-neighborhood kind of sigh because you can’t bear the thought of going to work?

If it’s the latter—there’s a good chance you may officially hate your job. Worse yet, if you’re a manager, you may have important members on your team that may hate their job! But how can you identify who they are and alleviate a surprise 2 week notice? If you place an importance on tenure of your key employees, keep reading.       Read More       Read More

How to Give Praise That Matters

To this day, I can remember how hard I worked on an essay for my Psych 101 class in college.  Wanting to impress the professor, I slaved over my writing—checking sources, adding quotes, and painstakingly working through the rubric.

When the professor returned my paper, I was quite disappointed to see a simple letter “A” on the top of my stapled sheets.  “A?”  Nothing else?  No comments?  But what about that great idea I had on the second page?  Did she even read it?   Where was the praise for all my hard work?        Read More       Read More

It’s a Remote World: Know How to Manage It

Managing remote employees is all about communication.

Forty-three percent of American workers are now working remotely, according Gallup’s 2016 State of the American Workplace study.  The report, which surveyed more than 15,000 adults, also states that 51% of people would switch jobs if they were offered flex time.

In today’s remote world, employers are navigating new ground.  How should remote workers (and their freedoms) be managed?

Communication…. but in the right amount       Read More

What’s Trending in Your Career for 2018?

With a new year, comes a frenzy (and flurry) of predictions—what will trend in the business world in 2018?  How will things change with new technology, the latest politics, the global market?

Now is the perfect time to personally reflect on your own career direction.  Where will your job take your career in 2018?  How will this year differ from 2017?  Are your skills fitting into the predicted trends?  Is it time to learn something new?       Read More

Cast a Bigger Net | How a Search Firm Expands Your Recruiting Reach

When I realized I would need an extra hand getting a king sized mattress up two flights of stairs, I reached out to my neighbor for help.  Actually, there were quite a few people I could have asked.  I live in a very tight-knit community, and over the years I have made the fortune of many friends.  Building this community has taken time and effort: attending social events, cheering for sports teams, and supporting each other in the ups and downs of life.       Read More

Happiness at Work – Applying positive psychology principles to the workplace

Recently, I discovered something new in the fascinating field of positive psychology.  Positive psychology is the study of happiness and how ordinary people can become happier (Psychology Today).  As a recruiter, I often wonder how jobs and job placements affect employee happiness.

While the field of positive psychology is vast, I came across Martin Seligman’s well-being theory, called PERMA-theory, and it seems to make a lot of sense applied to the workplace.  The acronym stands for five elements that can help people reach a state of happiness and fulfillment: (P) Positive Emotions, (E) Engagement, (R) Relationships, (M) Meaning and Purpose, and (A) Accomplishments.       Read More       Read More

Hiring: They Call it a “Process” for a Reason

I enjoy the hiring process.

I know it works.

I believe that each step is important in forming a complete picture.

In my years of experience as an executive recruiter, I have seen the value of following a step-by-step hiring process.  When companies rush the process or skip steps, they often realize that they didn’t fully know who they were hiring.  And, a bad hire ultimately costs both time and money.

What is Revealed During the Process

If you take the time to think about a typical hiring process, you will that notice different skills and characteristics of a candidate are revealed in each step.       Read More       Read More

Using Semi-Formal Interviewing to Uncover More About Candidates

Intentionally create informal moments to see more sides of a potential hire

On my way to our conference room, I passed the sales candidate we were about to interview.  She was seated cross-legged, back straight, her formal heels neatly together on the floor.  Glancing at her portfolio, she tried to look busy as she waited until the 10am interview.

Knowing I was a part of the panel, I did my best to scurry on by so not to “taint” my opinion in any way.  But, then something interesting happened: she SAID something to me.       Read More

“Zone-ing” in on Employee Learning and Retention

Imagine overhearing these two sentiments: “OMG.  This job is soooo boring.  I sit here all day long and never learn anything new.”  Or, “I am beyond frustrated.  I have way too much work and no training.  This is just not worth it.”

Employee dissatisfaction (and the desire to look elsewhere) is directly linked to workplace boredom and/ or frustration.  Knowing about the educational principle, Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), can help employers train effectively, resulting in increased motivation and job satisfaction.       Read More       Read More

Hiring? How to Entice Valuable Candidates

You spend time, energy and money attracting high level talent to your company because you want the best personnel to move your company forward, but have you thought about the complexities of reputation management around your interviewing process itself?

Courting Your Future Higher

Many factors go into making sure that your selected hire chooses to join you and how they perform after they have joined your company. While it seems rudimentary enough, it’s easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of your regular work priorities to communicate often and well with a candidate. Follow-up emails and phone calls leave them with the impression that your company is sincerely interested in maintaining a relationship with them, and in having them onboard. The post-interview thank-you email isn’t just for candidates to send you. This email allows you an opportunity to market yourself a little, and also to reiterate the remainder of the hiring process. It could say something as simple, but personal, as “Thank you for coming in and meeting with our CEO today. We enjoyed hearing your experience in corporate sales at your last position. We will be meeting internally here in the next couple of days,” and so on.       Read More       Read More