There are many studies to show that the level of disengaged employees is very high. One Gallup study showed that only 30% of employees are engaged at work. This is shocking. I’m surprised to hear that so many people aren’t engaged at work. That means there are many employees who aren’t getting the chance to live up to their full potential. Now, I wish I could tell you that all our employees are actively engaged at work all the time. But… I can’t. In fact, I can remember working for pre
Recently an incredible candidate asked for a job. He had decades of experience and had multiple job offers. But he wanted to work for us. I was overwhelmed by how this incredible person wanted to work for us. There was only one problem. The job position he wanted was already filled. The employee that held the position was relatively inexperienced. But he had the right “stuff”. He was passionate about what he was doing and was eager to learn. So, I had a dilemma: Do we hire the incredible
Life moves so fast. It’s easy to miss the quiet yet important things in life. Last week I had to race off to a meeting with a reporter. I was running late because my previous meeting had run long. I didn’t feel prepared. So, I drove as fast as I legally could to get there. I only had a few minutes to spare and my heart was pounding. What am I going to say? Do I have all the right answers? I hope I don’t make a fool of myself. I walked into the building and I saw some of my st
Good leadership is raw and hard. We do one-on-ones. That’s a 30-minute meeting with between every employee and supervisor once per week. The most important aspect of a one-on-one is for the supervisor just to listen to each of their employees. This week was challenging. Most of my team members were struggling with issues. Some of it was my fault. Some issues were related to the stresses of the job. Other issues were personal things going on at home. Tears were shed. I listened. And t
When you search your name in Google, what do you see? I've heard it said that Google is your new resume. But I think it's bigger than that. Yes, employers are using Google to get a better sense of job candidates. But some people are using it before networking with you. Companies use it to weed out untrustworthy salesmen. Businesses are using it to better understand their customers. Having a good presence on Google is important. Did you know that 91% of U.S. employers have searched Google
A naive leader might think that they know best. They might think that they have all the right answers, and that everyone should just follow what they say. I know, because when I first was in a leadership position that’s how I thought. But that is so wrong. And it’s wrong for one simple reason that I can illustrate in a game. The Game Imagine your favorite sports game. Maybe that’s football, basketball, tennis, or something else. Now think of the very best player of that sport you know.
On average, a vacancy receives between 118 and 250 responses or resumes. On average, employers want to interview only 5.4 candidates. Do you see the challenge? My biggest recommendation to job seekers is to skip this step. But how? By networking. I’m using the term networking here broadly to even include things like knocking on the door of an employer’s office. Many of our employees were hired through networking. Our ideal candidates are the people who know our company and who really w
We are on a mission to create a better way for you and our residents to live. One way we do that is by partnering up with great businesses. We recently partnered with Urban Air Adventure Park located in Coon Rapids, MN. It's an indoor adventure park and a trampoline park with something for everyone in the family! Our residents and other supporters like you, are the reason we are in business. We couldn’t do what we do, without the support from you! So we have a neat summer gift to announce!