Interviewing For Emotional Intelligence & Maturity

#Retail Interviewing For #JobFit & #CulturalFit Creating a culture that is based on Core Values and Workplace Happiness is a responsibility of the company to their employees. Providing a culture as has that focus on values is definitely conducive to higher engagement, higher productivity, and higher profits. However…the employees must meet the company in their work ethic and quality of work. They need to bring self-motivation and the desire to be developed. They need to embrace the company values and work, also, to create their own happiness at work. Not everyone will fit into the company culture nor is every candidate able to meet the basic needs of a job. Ensuring that you are publishing a thorough and honest job description will absolutelyRead More

How To Make It Through Tough Retail Moments

How To Make It Through Tough Retail Moments So we work in Retail…and though we would like it to be – it’s not always a positive and fun environment. There are tough times or rough patches on occasion and it’s not so much about the cause of the rough patches but in how they are dealt with by each individual that will define our retail mettle. Over the course of the last few days I have had conversations with past team members regarding the challenges they are having at work. Business challenges have resulted in desperate measures and rash directions from Home Office for the field team. The culture – which was always a bit challenging – has become more chaotic and franticRead More

Work/Life Balance

Work-Life Balance In #Retail I have been in retail for approximately 18 (sigh) years. I have worked in large, very-organized, and structured companies. I have also worked in smaller, start-up like organizations. Even though these businesses were extremely different in many ways – they did have some significant similarities. Two of these similarities are a tremendously heavy workload and lack work-life balance . WHY? Why do exorbitant hours worked really = someone who is considered a productive or loyal team member? Why isn’t high-quality of work the sign of a highly-productive, loyal, engaged team member? Or retention? Or metric performance? Or team happiness? Or efficiency? Or the ability to be a top performer and support others with their responsibilities? Remember the movie “TheRead More

Peer-To-Peer Recognition Programs

Peer-To-Peer Recognition Program in Retail One of the most effective programs I have introduced into my business in the past nine months has been a formal Peer-To-Peer Recognition Program. As discussed in previous posts, work relationships are a huge factor in workplace happiness for employees. A big part of cultivating a culture that supports healthy work relationships is to allow the employees to recognize each other for what they bring to the business, how they epitomize the company values, or how they support their co-workers. What is Peer-To-Peer Recognition? According to Baudville it is the “genuine expression of appreciation exchanged between co-workers“. What does Peer-To-Peer Recognition do? It increases visibility for employee achievements (both individual & collectively), it connects employees across locations, andRead More

Stay Interviews

In previous posts I have mentioned “Stay Interviews” and what a great tool they are as it relates to company culture. I thought I would take this opportunity to expand on this program and how powerful it can be to Workplace Happiness and Career Growth for employees. As far as the traditional annual performance review goes, you can see in the graphic to the left that a good majority of employees don’t believe this to be a true indicator of their performance. According to an SHRM survey even “90% of HR professionals do not believe their companies performance appraisals provide accurate information”. It is clearly a time for change and reinvention of the process. Transitioning to a “Stay Interview” model in many retailRead More

Retail Candidate Experience

Focusing On The #RetailCandidateExperience LinkedIn just recently released it’s “Global Talent Trends 2015” report. It shared some very interesting information about active job seekers and the passive candidate pool in various countries. It is an exceedingly worthwhile read for anyone who sources, recruits, hires, or interacts with candidates in any capacity. Candidate Experience is something that is not discussed with any frequency, especially as it relates to the field teams in retail. But it is the first exposure to company culture that candidates will have and it is frequently different than the experience that the candidate has as a customer of your brand. Some the most important points of this report I found to be: -87% of talent says a positive interview experienceRead More