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Engaging Challenge

BY BARBARA BOWES, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – WINNIPEG

While the last few years have found baby-boomer retirement issues holding top priority, the latest human resource surveys are showing that employee engagement is now taking over the primary lead. In fact, one survey reports that 94 percent of survey participants indicated that employee engagement was the most important workforce challenge they were currently facing (see source at end of post).

Yet, what is employee engagement and why are HR managers so concerned? Employee engagement refers to whether or not employees have a positive or negative approach to their work as well… READ MORE

Thread of Continuity for the Multi-Generational Workforce: Think V.E.T. (Value, Engagement, Trust)

Posted on October 19th, 2015

BY MARTIN PLUMLEE, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – NASHVILLE

This past week, I had the privilege of attending two very distinct, yet related events here in the Greater Nashville area.  The first occurrence was a statewide human resources conference, centered in the healthcare industry vertical.  To conclude the week, enjoyed a dinner at a local college campus honoring military students.  Allow me to tie these episodes together.

At the HR Healthcare conference, there were several great speakers that shared insights during 10+ hours of formal meetings.   One of the speakers was an Assistant Professor from Vanderbilt University, Dayle Savage.  Having seen… READ MORE

Career Transition When You Haven’t Been Laid Off

Posted on October 19th, 2015

BY JOHN MADIGAN, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – HARTFORD

Is your career planning limited to thinking about your career options only when faced with a lay off?

While company stability and long lasting employment may be things of the past, the average person will work 25 years or more. If this makes you wonder how you will get where you want to be, a career management plan can help you figure out your destination. This plan should be in place from the early stages of your career and actively managed as you progress professionally through it.

A career management plan involves… READ MORE

Plug Into Your Strengths

Posted on October 19th, 2015

BY TAMAR KAGAN, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – TORONTO

blog2 Take a minute and think about a recent experience when you were at your best. Close your eyes and remember the experience in detail – see yourself in it. What are three words to describe how you felt? Write them down. Having asked this question to many people, there seem to be a handful of common words that come up: energized, happy, hopeful, optimistic, creative, excited, successful, engaged, just to name a few. The words themselves are full of vitality, and when clients say them, there is a sparkle in their… READ MORE

What are You Using to Assess the Future of Your Organization?

Posted on May 7th, 2014

In many ways, assessing a candidate’s fit for an organization is akin to foretelling the future. One of my associates refers to the process as tossing “Chicken Bones”. You shake the bones up and spread them out on a table, then pose the question to the candidate – “What does that mean to you?” Sure you get their perceptions and maybe even some personality characteristics, but who wants to gamble on chicken bones?

Assessing personalities, competencies and behaviors play an important role in talent management. They contribute to the selection process, the succession process, the development process and the career transition… READ MORE