Archives for Attitude

Absolutely OK

It’s absolutely OK …The idea that we all know precisely where we’re going is not only incorrect, but it is also dangerous since we’re each often unsure of the answer to that question…if there even is an answer to that question.

For some, the “where from here” question is one which we enjoy playing with in our mind. We may play out scenerios in casual conversations with those who are close to us.

For others, this “where from here” question is something we absolutely dislike to think about. Maybe we are even frightened to think about it.  If we feel that we are being satisfied in our present position, we may not have this recurring thought often and maybe not even at all.  If we don’t have that thought, we might wonder if something is wrong with us since it seems that everyone else has that thought.

Some of us who are satisfied in our role even come to wonder if there is something missing in our psychological make-up.  Everyone else has these thoughts, so why don’t I have those thoughts?

First, it is absolutely OK to be happy where you are.  You may have no goals other than to get better at what you’re doing right now.

It is also absolutely OK to be happy but to still want to be better at what you do, and to be working diligently to attain those goals.  You might also be somewhat less-than-satisfied, but to be good at what you do. You may enjoy receiving compliments from your supervisor or ‘the boss’ because they appreciate your accomplishments on-the-job.

Finally,  it is also absolutely OK to be less-than-satisfied and thinking actively about improving your ‘lot in life’. You may be even be considering making a move to a new employer.

Each of us is unique.  There is not another person exactly like us…even an identical twin…since each of us has, over time, had different experiences that have shaped us into something we weren’t originally.  Our job as humans is to work diligently to make sure that our experiences have made us better, even those experiences that were not especially pleasant.  Sometimes those are the best lessons we have if we’ll but learn from them.

Rather than to be envious of someone who ‘got all the good stuff’ when born, we are always better off if we take the lessons and go through an honest review of self. It is good for all of us to occasionally take a hard look in the mirror.   That is the toughest thing for many of us to remember.  We are always being an example for another person no matter if we’re acting out or acting professionally.

It might prove to be a good exercise for us to review each day before bedtime for the high points and the low points.  And to be brutally honest with ourselves while doing that.  These self-critiques are hard to stomach…but they are great medicine if we’ll swallow hard and face up to what we can do to get better tomorrow.

Fred D'Amato

Fred D’Amato, President

 

Opportunity

Opportunity is something we often seek and sometimes miss even though it might’ve bitten us on the nose if it wished, because we were so close to finding it.  Napoleon Hill, a famous writer and philosopher defined it like this:

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.

How many times might we have been close to an opportunity but lost out when we failed to take that next step that would’ve led us to the goal line’?  It is easy to become discouraged, and those temporary defeats can become permanent defeats if we but permit them to do so.

Each of us, if we’re being honest with ourselves, has missed out on opportunities simply because we didn’t take that next step.

Instead, we succumbed to the feeling that we were on the wrong road, or pursuing the wrong position, or simply were not right for that job that we were offered.

Or, we might’ve seen the opportunity and been overwhelmed by it, by the magnitude of what it might represent to us.  We might’ve questioned whether or not we had what it would take to seize upon that opportunity.  Maybe we were simply scared that we might fail and that we’d be embarrassed to have to admit that to our loved ones, or to our manager or simply to ourselves.

We are each wired a bit differently and that is a very good thing.  Too many of me would not be good for anyone or for any company.  One of me doing his or her very best, however, might just be that final piece that was necessary to our employer’s success, and the success that extra effort brought might be wonderful for us since it was through our effort the opportunity was seized.

We began this with the definition supplied to us by Napoleon Hill.  He reminded us that opportunities can seem like temporary defeats or some form of misfortune we have caused, when we simply need to take a deep breath and persevere.

The next step or the next call or the next interview may well prove to have been the solution that opened the door to that opportunity that was eluding us.

So what does Napoleon Hill know about my business or my job?  Nothing.  What Napoleon Hill knew about was each of us and how we sometimes fail to take that last step, make that last call, set up that last appointment which was the key to opening the door to that opportunity that we’d have otherwise missed.

Al Campbell

 

 

 

2018- A New Year, A New Reality

What is to come in 2018?

We see a 2018 that will bring with it new opportunities and certainly new challenges.  We know that the pool of great candidates for virtually any and all positions is what it was in the past: too small for us to delay on decisions when we find good people.  In fact, we expect that pool will be smaller than in the past.   Take into account the success our region of the state has experienced in terms of growth.

We see challenges from the already tight labor market for some areas.

Those areas span the full gamut from industrial labor to well-trained and highly experienced talent.  Each of those has both benefit and challenge tied to it.

There will be an inbound migration of talent across all realms and that is likely to be seen starting in 2018.  This will likely continue over the next five to ten years as all the Foxconn supporting industry develops in this new and exciting marketplace.  We will all need to make changes in the way we do business.  Without that we’ll likely not be as effective as we’ll need to be in the new world that is descending upon us.  If we had a functioning crystal ball, we expect it would tell us this:

 

  • Respond to opportunity with a vigorous approach recognizing the probable shortage of qualified people, and the probable impact on wages and salaries driven by this shortage.
  • Be aggressive once you reach the conclusion you believe to be the best available; and, try to reduce the time decisions are taking to be made.
  • Recognize that you might see more turn-over than in the past.  There will be opportunities that didn’t exist or  weren’t as abundant as before this year.
  • Being a better environment for employees may make a big difference.  This could involve things such as a different dress code, or making some positions hours more flexible.

Your company’s reputation as an employer is very important.

That begins on the loading dock or the assembly line and extends through all other positions in the company.  We’ve all had the experience of such an environment in our own dealings whether in a grocery store, a dentist’s office, a bank drive-thru or the local dry cleaners.  We recognize those places instantly because of the vibes we get from their employees.  That is something to emulate if we don’t already have that culture.  Experts anticipate times of lower unemployment and more openings for new employment than maybe was the case in the past few years.

We are moving into that “brave new world” of Aldous Huxley given the conditions we’ll be seeing in coming years.

WFA Staffing stands ready to help you find the right people.  We will try to assist if you have questions on “going rates” for various functions, or on changes we’re seeing in other benefits that may be enticing even though not terribly costly.  Give us a call.  Share your ideas with us.  We abide by the old credo to listen twice as much as we talk.

 

 

Tom Krist  Tom Krist, CEO

Loyalty is a Two-Way Street

“Loyalty is a two-way street. If I ‘m asking for it from you, then you’re getting it from me”-  Harvey Specter

In today’s fast moving market employee and employer loyalty is more important than ever. Are you taking the necessary steps to attract and retain the best talent available? As employers we all face similar challenges with the workforce today. Candidates are lacking the basic life skills to compete in this ever-changing job market.

Candidates seem unaware of how to  dress for an interview, complete a math test on our application, or create a resume. Some  lack job stability, basic communication skills, or the necessary transportation to remain reliable. We are now finding candidates no longer providing proper notice to their current employer.  In this market they can quickly move from one position to another.

When we do find the right person to invest in and train, we expect them to be loyal.  Ask yourself, are we in turn loyal to them?

What do we owe a new employee other than what was promised during the interview?  Maybe, if we established a scorecard during that interview, we could both work jointly to have the new hire grow as an employee while we grow as a desired employer.  This can be a two-way street and that is good for both parties. This environment, not often found in today’s hectic workplaces, would cement the bond between us and our new employee.

As we know, opportunity is plentiful, so it is very important we are doing the very best we can to attract and retain talent.  What is a fair salary or hourly wage for the position?   WFA Staffing Group specializes in staffing and executive placement services by providing entry level through executive recruiting services.  Part of our job is to be a good sounding board for our employer clients.  We have a good feel for what the hot buttons of job seekers are today.

For general production opportunities we have found the days of paying $10 per hour seem to be winding down. With the current demand to fill open positions it is a job-seekers market. Offering a fair wage based on shift, skill level, distance the candidate is required to travel, and the position itself will not only attract the best talent available but it will keep them from searching elsewhere once they have accepted the opportunity to join your team.

Remember the hype that has accompanied the news about FoxConn.  That has penetrated both employers thinking as well as prospective employee thinking.  There will continue to be churn in the marketplace, deserved or not, simply because there is about to be a FoxConn next door.

Most employees are truly seeking an opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge and want to work for an organization that will offer long term training for personal and professional growth.

We know this doesn’t apply to all employees. We try to ferret out those before even exposing you to them.  That is an advantage we may have due to  experience we’ve gained over the years.

Successful employers offer job stability, long term professional training, and strong benefit and retirement packages.

Where that might have been a bit unusual in prior years, it is true in the vast majority of companies today.  The largest percentage of employees today, other than for day job/temp employees, are thinking about the longer term.   Including them in long term goals to make them feel a part of the bigger picture can be a good investment made at very low cost.  Periodically taking a careful look at where you are so far as employee relationships can pay big dividends.  That is especially true in today’s world with industry having major growth pains that will only be added to by the FoxConns in the arena.  Are you doing all you can to hold on to your good employees? We’ll be happy to help you in that process.


Roberta Murphy
Roberta Murphy, Vice-President

SMILE!

smileWant to have a better today…SMILE!

 There is evidence that when we smile, even if we aren’t feeling it at that moment, we begin to feel better.

We can actually make ourselves feel better by smiling at others.  Now, wasn’t that easy?  When I receive a smile, I tend to automatically to return it.  If I am not ‘up to sorts’, I try to wear a smile and find that I work my way out of my funk and probably am helping others get out of their funk, too.

We don’t need to be goofy about it all.  A simple grin at another person will help you and the other person.  You might well find that you form a new habit.  You might also find that you develop a new friend or a deeper friendship.

We likemichael-phelps-happymichael-phelps-face-450 being around people who are happy.

We automatically work to stay out of the way of that guy or gal who is not happy almost as though we don’t want to catch whatever it is they’re having a problem getting beyond.

Be brutally honest with yourself and try to recall the last time you were in a funk.  Were people tending to stay away from you?  Did you continue to feed on your funk?  Did you ever get out of that funk all day, or did you take it home with you, too?

If you are seeking a new job, smile when you encounter anyone at the possible new place of employment, and continue to convey this positivity at all you encounter.  No one there wants to hire a sourpuss.  They probably already have their quota of bored, dreary,  or even scowling faces.

You don’t need to be happy-office-workeroverboard.

Just a simple show of your dimples, if you have those, is all it takes.  If you are about to interview with a person who has yet to find his or joy today, don’t go overboard but just smile a sincere smile as you introduce yourself.  You will almost be able to feel the atmosphere in the room changing for the better.

Another thing is very interesting, too.  When you are talking with a smile on your face that comes through even if you’re not in the same room with the person to whom you’re talking.  Your voice can convey the happiness on your face, just as it can convey the frown if that is pasted there.

If you are already a smiler, keep it up.

I have literally had people comment on my smile or lack of smile. If you smile once in a while, try to increase the frequency.   At the least, keep a happy thought in mind and that will begin to help you smile more often and you may find the people around are in a better mood too!

Tom Krist

 

 

Tom Krist, CEO

I lost one of my best friends this past year, who I truly miss.  He was a dear friend and a great mentor to me.  He helped me to get started in this business.  One of the things I remember most about my friend Jim is his wonderful, infectious, and memorable smile.  He could light up a room with that smile and he had the ability to smile in both good times and bad. This posting is in honor of Jim’s legacy.

Experience VS Pay

Experience VS Pay

We find the following quotation to be a truism in our business for it is the experience gained that hones the skills that lead to a better income for virtually all of us:

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. ~Harold Geneen

Our business is obviously that of finding the right people with the right skills and the right experience at the right price for the position we have been hired to fill by the employer-client.  That is anything but an easy job, especially if the person being recruited has a differing set of expectations than those we’re seeking in the ideal recruit.

Obviously we are between the proverbial rock and hard place if either the employer-client or the employee-candidate is not willing to accept the going price; that happens but it doesn’t happen as often as you might expect.

Among the reasons for that are the experience we have in this business.  We earned our experience the hard way; we worked at it, had the necessary disappointments along the way and got better and better at the business we chose to be involved with until we reached today.  We have many employer-clients with whom we’ve worked for years and we are thankful for those long-term relationships.

We are always interviewing new prospective placements and we are always anxious to interview, and be interviewed by, prospective new employer-clients.  If you are an employer in need of good people with the skill sets you require, we’d be proud to work for and with you.  We work in good faith rather than on retainer so we meet your needs or you bear no cost for our services.  We know that we need to perform well for you if we expect to have you as a repeat employer-client.  We recognize that if we do that repeatedly, your company might just be another of those employer-clients with whom we work regularly.  That would be good for us both, but we know that it is on us to earn that privilege.

 

Tom Krist – President

Tom Krist

 

Attitude is Everything

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There is a somewhat worn-out phrase but I find it to be among the most important thoughts I can imagine.  That phrase is simply:

Attitude Is Everything

Yes, attitude is everything.  This truth is proven again and again, and yet there are many for whom this is never given a thought.  If you stop to analyze yourself and include your successes as well as your failures, you are likely to find, if you are brutally honest with yourself, that your attitude in each situation had a good deal to do with the outcome.

I have long liked another phrase that says, “Smile and make people wonder what you’re up to”.  That is a bit off track however if you stop to think about it, it makes sense.  If you have a smile on your face, people seem naturally to wonder what you have to smile about.  Smiles are infectious, and every place of employment, except possibly for funeral homes, needs smiles amongst its staff.

Look back at school and to places you have worked.  Think about the various personalities you’ve experienced.  Think about those people who always seemed to have a great attitude.  Did you enjoy being around those people more than being around someone who always seemed to be ‘down in the dumps’.  None of us like to be drug down by someone moping around with a long face.  It is just human nature to want to be around people who have positive attitudes and who smile a great deal more than they frown.

Now, imagine how positive attitudes and genuine smiles come across to prospective employers?  Or to prospective clients?  Or to that special person you’d like to get to know better?

Attitude really is everything.  Simply by adopting and maintaining a good attitude, you have the ability to change your circumstances.  We, at WFA Staffing, will make every effort to get you into a good place as quickly as is possible.  We know that your attitude is going to make us and you look great in the eyes of that employer to whom we’ve introduced you.

You are, however, the only person who can make this true about you.  You have to be the one to smile and the one who exudes a good attitude, and you have to be genuine while doing so.  You can’t fake a good attitude just as a phony smile shows right away.  You may need to practice that attitude thing but it will be an investment of time that will pay big dividends.

You may not display that new and improved attitude all the time, but you will find that what you wear on your face has a lot to do about how you’re feeling.  You will find that you are the only person who can control your destiny and that control includes a willing smile and a good attitude.

Tom Krist – President

Tom Krist