Providing Value to your Employer

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On February 1, 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • employee improvement, employee productivity, employee value, employees making themselves invaluable, providing value as an employee, value-added
Introduction A close friend of mine once told me that his ultimate career goal was to become irreplaceable to his company.  I’m not sure that anyone in today’s workplace is truly irreplaceable, but I do believe there are certain steps individual employees can undertake in the hope of providing value to your employer. What does […]
Read More
 1

Goal-Setting is Better than Making Resolutions

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On January 2, 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • goal-setting, new beginnings, New Year's goals, New Year's Resolutions, setting goals
Introduction Happy New Year!  You know it’s the New Year because the gyms are filled with people you’ve never seen before, smokers are trying to quit the habit, everyone is talking about losing weight, and all your friends and co-workers are on their best behaviour.  Unfortunately, this trend will only last for a couple of […]
Read More
 

December is a great month for Job Search and Networking

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On December 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • holiday networking events, holidays and networking, job search during the holidays, job search in December, networking in December, year-end hiring
Introduction Many people mistakenly believe that the onset of Christmas and New Year means that the probability of securing employment is greatly reduced. While there may have been some merit to this idea twenty or thirty years ago the reality is this: December is a great month for job search and networking!   December is […]
Read More
 

Responding to Illegal Workplace Behaviour

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On November 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • employee responses to illegal workplace behaviour, improper behaviour, responding to illegal workplace behaviour, workplace investigations
Introduction: One of the most troubling challenges any employee faces in their career is responding to illegal workplace behaviour.  This is always a contentious issue, especially for persons working in small to medium-sized organizations.  Do you report it? Should you remain silent?  Should you go to the authorities? I truly believe there is no right […]
Read More
 

The Importance of Follow Up

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On October 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • critical business skills, follow up, following up, job search follow up
Introduction Not all the changes that are occurring in business today are for the better.  I recognized this recently in light of some personal experiences.  It reminded me of the importance of follow up, and how it is quickly becoming a disappearing art.   Saying Good-Bye to My Best Friend Earlier this year I had […]
Read More
 

The 12 Things Every Applicant Needs to Know

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On September 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • before accepting a job offer, job offer, key information for job applicants, what job applicants need to know
Introduction: If you are fortunate enough to have recently received a job offer what are the things you need to know before accepting? I suggest the following are the twelve things every applicant needs to know before “signing on the dotted line”.   Critical Information You Need to Know:   Supervisor – who will be […]
Read More
 

Does Solid Performance Lead to Career Advancement?

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On August 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • Career progression and performance, introverts, Passed over for promotion, Solid performance and career advancement
Introduction Does solid performance lead to career advancement?  Can employees rely upon their manager or supervisor to always act in their best interests and, by extension, give them  consideration when new opportunities or promotions become available?  Does a good performance management system ensure that the best candidates get promoted?  These are some of the questions […]
Read More
 

How Recruiters are Losing the War for Talent

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On July 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • poor interviews, recruiter behaviour, talent war, war for talent
Introduction I’ve been reading a lot of articles recently on the so-called “War for Talent”.  The line of argument goes something like this: ‘Baby Boomers” will be retiring in huge numbers over the next few years. There are huge skills gaps emerging in the workplace, and not just in the IT field; Companies have to […]
Read More
 

The Three Biggest Misconceptions About Coaching

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On June 1, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • coaching misconceptions, cost of hiring a coach, mistaken impressions of coaching
Introduction: When I meet someone for the first time and they ask me about my Leadership Coaching practice there are invariably three major misconceptions they express: Coaching is the exclusive preserve of senior executives; Coaching is expensive; Coaching entails a substantive, long-term commitment by the person being coached.  This reinforces their perceptions around numbers 1 […]
Read More
 

Practical Job Search Tips for Older Applicants

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On May 2, 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • job search tips, older applicants, older workers
One of my clients is an older individual who was recently downsized by a major organization.  Being over age 50 and a long-service employee he was concerned about how to compete in today’s job market.  A recent article he read in an established business journal offered quaint advice for older applicants such as updating your […]
Read More