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Hiring Post-Recession: 4 Laws to Keep One Man’s Trash from Becoming Another Man’s… Trash

Teamwork

There's an old saying that "One man's trash is another man's treasure."  True or not, there's an even wiser saying that "A good recession is a terrible thing to waste!" Consider all the companies you know who have issued "layoffs" over the past several years.  Think through the stories you've heard at dinner parties or around barbeques about how the poorest performers were cut first - the "C" player slough that most employees were amazed still had a job.  Next came marginal contributors, the "B" players who made … [Read more...]

Finding and Managing Contract Staff

Necktie

I remember looking up from my desk as the door to my office opened unexpectedly.  The consultant crucial to one of my anchor client projects entered – pale and slightly jaundiced – and announced as calmly as he could, “I’m going to the hospital.”  That evening he underwent emergency surgery.  Thankfully, he went on to fully recover and return to work… weeks later. Refocusing on my business situation at that moment, my boat was a critical person down and sinking fast.  How would you handle it?  Paddle faster?  … [Read more...]