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Tag: Employee


Are you in a dead-end job?

Are you in a dead-end job?

If you are asking yourself this, then most likely, yes. You’ve probably heard the term dead-end job, but what does it mean? To put it bluntly, you have no career advancement in your present company. You’ve fulfilled your time in your position or department, and there is no room for professional advancement or growth.

A few specific examples that could lead you to this conclusion:

• Your employer cannot provide or outline a clear career path for you within the company.
• You feel you are not utilized for more challenging projects or opportunities.
• You are required to have advanced degrees or qualifications to meet the criteria for a higher-level position.
• The organization hires external candidates instead of promoting within.

Overall, you feel you are undervalued. So, is it time to call it quits and take the next step in your career? Go for it, and maybe you’ll see an overall lifestyle change!

Are Counteroffers a Good Idea?

Are Counteroffers a Good Idea?

In the short-term, they could be – long-term, probably not.

You have a new job offer with a new employer, and you decide to tell your current employer you have another offer on the table. They could either wish you the best of luck or offer you a counteroffer. If they give you a counteroffer, should you take it? It’s probably not in your best interest in the long run, should you decide to stay.

The majority of employees who accept the counter, will end up leaving their current employer within months. You were looking for a new opportunity, why not stay the course? Additionally, this could change your current organization’s view of you as an employee and you may not receive any additional monies that year and beyond. Especially, if you feel your career path has dissipated and there is no more room for growth within the company.

You should also be aware of how this might look to your new prospective employer. If they feel you are contemplating the counteroffer, they could decide to pull your offer, hire a candidate who wants to work there, and who will accept their offer.

Of course, the final stage of the offer doesn’t go without some negotiations; however, your decision to entertain a counteroffer should be weighed heavily before you enter into any discussions.

Executive Hires: Are you Missing Out on Great Candidates?

Is there such thing as the perfect candidate? As an employer, during your hiring process, this is a question you should ask yourself. If you have a long list of qualifications that are required to fill this position, you could let a potential candidate slip through before you even get to the interview stage. Usually, the final candidate hired will not tick every box you once had at the beginning of the process.

Teachable candidates with the necessary technical skills, who are a culture fit should be your ideal contenders. If a candidate is lacking in an area where they can be trained and developed, they should not be overlooked. It’s hard to find quality talent especially in a competitive market, being flexible and transparent can help with attracting the candidates you want.

As an employer, you want to stand out amongst the competition, making personal connections with candidates could identify their management style and how they will fit within the company. Think outside of the box, try not to focus on the minute details of the requirements. The perfect candidate is not out there but finding the right candidate can be done!

New Year, New Career

It’s the beginning of a new year; with all of the ambiguity going on in the world, is it a good time to make a career change?

Self-reflection has been a focal point of the past year; with the uncertainty of the job market; many are adapting and learning new skillsets. New skillsets mean new potential candidates, as more people are switching and adjusting to different industries. People are more willing to move, and geographical obstacles are seemingly non-existent when it comes to new opportunities, as virtual interviews make the transition easier.

Businesses need to be creative in attracting this new potential talent pool. From remote work to flexibility with schedules and changes to work habits – these all have made the corporate setting a thing of the past. Malleability to this new business environment is crucial to ensuring your employees are at ease; however, the virtual aspect ensures conversations are more personable with less conflict.

Depending on your circumstances, now might be the best time to reevaluate what’s vital in your career and what you want to do differently. Purposefulness might be the new mantra for the year 2021.

Managing Client and Candidate Relationships

Managing Client and Candidate Relationships

Respectable recruiters are successful in managing the two relationships – client and candidate – during the recruitment process. Both relationships are equally important, requiring trust and communication.

Technology has evolved and streamlined the recruitment process, primarily through Client Relationship Management (CRM) software and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). These systems are beneficial to recruiters; however, the rapport between the recruiter and their contacts gets lost in translation.

Personal connections are unequivocally the foundation for recruiters, clients, and candidates alike. Simple callbacks and touching base with clients and candidates on both sides of the recruitment process on a frequent basis is essential, making sure both your clients and candidates feel involved in the process.

Getting back to the basics is vital for successful recruiters, especially during the current climate, where we may not be getting human interaction as much as we used to. People want to feel like they aren’t just another number, and reassuring them they are as important as the next client or candidate can foster a reputable reputation.

What defines Cultural Transformation within an organization?

What defines Cultural Transformation within an organization?

Facilitating cultural transformation in the workplace is a necessary commitment to ensure employee satisfaction and inclusion. The development of changing the organization’s culture should transform the outlook, policies, behaviors, and practices. Change has to start from executive leaders to assure the rooted, existing culture shifts from the outdated practices to the newly improved values and beliefs.

To get to the root cause of the existing culture, the company should conduct a cultural assessment to evaluate what changes need to be made. The cultural review should consider internal beliefs, such as honesty and integrity, while also examining outward actions like collaboration and information sharing. This valuation should help the business understand and indicate any dysfunction at any level within the organization.

Once executive leaders pinpoint the source, they can then cultivate change and transformation by using mindful behaviors to other leaders and managers to accomplish employee engagement in all departments. For cultural transformation to be effective, every individual must want to change any negative beliefs and values within themselves to the chosen cultural shift.

Board of Directors Recruitment

Board of Directors Recruitment – What do innovative companies look for in the selection of a new Board member?

A Board Member is an essential function in navigating a company’s future direction. When recruiting new members for a Board of Directors, the current Board Members desire candidates with fresh ideas and original thinking to be a significant and impactful contributor to the organization. Their uniqueness should have a philosophical alignment with the business, along with a mentality to give back to others in their personal and professional lives.

An innovative intellectual is fundamental to a strategic skillset for the governance of the company with a collaborative mentality. The diversity each individual brings with different life and work experiences help facilitate a well-rounded vision of the organization’s future.

Dedicating time and commitment with the eagerness to participate in meetings and beyond is a necessary attribute in a Board Member. The individual’s flexibility and preparedness are ideal in the board’s progression, immensely when they contribute questions, research, and creativity.

There is so much more to a Board of Directors than just attending meetings. Someone with futuristic views and able to identify trends contribute to being a valuable asset. Tangible attributes are valued when seeking new Board Members; however, intangible characteristics reach beyond tradition and appeal to innovative individuals.

 

 

 

Blended Learning for Executives

Educational leadership can benefit significantly from blended learning by both formal education programs and virtual training. Bringing these two facets to key leaders can prove to be valuable in the development of building relationships, innovative thinking, and employee engagement within the organization.

The paradigm where everyone learns differently could be addressed by offering the opportunity for blended learning, as some excel from in-person institutions and others with webinars or virtual classrooms; bringing both options could provide a foundation that can be embedded in the workplace. Once critical leadership competencies are formed, these new behavioral skillsets can help bridge organizational gaps by building informal connections, fulfilling company goals, and guiding shared visions across all functions.

The combination of individually driven virtual learning and formal educational programs offers executive leadership the tools to provide a better overall workplace atmosphere.

Competitive Retention Strategies: Mortgage Division

New market, new demand!

Ask yourself, what are we doing as a company to retain our talent within our mortgage division?

The mortgage industry is in high demand of employees, as mortgage rates continue to remain under 3%. Due to the urgency of hiring candidates with mortgage operations experience, employers are seeking mortgage leaders to join their organization.  Quality talent is being swept away by other mortgage companies by virtue of monetary base compensation and incentives.

As an organization facing some of these challenges, employers are being creative on compensation structures to incentivize workers.  Incentives offered are hiring bonuses, retention tools tied to compensation, with the ability to work remotely.

If your company is facing the same challenges, reflect on your incentive strategy and retention tools needed to be competitive in a demanding mortgage rate environment.

Retention Strategies for Executive Hires!

Securing quality talent within your organization should include an internal strategic plan. Retention plans for top credit union Executives comprise of competitive salaries, targeted performance incentive goals and retention bonuses, stock options, paid time off, and ancillary allowances and benefits.

Robust, targeted performance incentive plans are successful when implemented at the offer stage/onboarding process, and even more lucrative when these plans align with industry standard. Specifically, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual performance incentives are beneficial at the Executive level and should be established to incorporate non-financial metrics and financial metrics. Non-financial metrics might include engaged members, member survey results, staff turnover ratios. Financial metrics may encompass loan growth and earnings, return on assets, capital ratio, membership growth, net income, and board evaluations (if applicable).

Once you establish the targeted goals, each metric should be broken out to a percentage of the final goal. Non-financial metrics could be 10% of the total bonus, while financial metrics are 90%, it depends on the organization’s focus to meet the needs of its employees and business strategy. Evaluating your Executive Compensation plans should be assessed annually to ensure they are in-line with the industry standard to achieve employee engagement and retention.