Saturday, November 25, 2017
Business

Buyer's remorse after taking a job or hiring a new employee?

RECOMMENDED READING


In companies and businesses all around the country new hires are having second thoughts and employers are wondering about the people they hired. • In an Aug. 30, 2011, article by Dr. Paul Marciano, posted on AOL.Jobs, he cites a survey of his readers. He asked them for their attitudes and experiences in their current jobs. Over 50 percent of respondents regretted having taken their job, and 62 percent of those surveyed were actively seeking another. And, 42 percent of those surveyed did not believe in their organization or its future. • Why is this happening? Some say that in times past, there were more job choices. Now, for many, those choices don't exist. So, thousands of people are in jobs they don't like or want. Yet, all this seems to go against the general belief that says most people are happy just to have a job. And, we are continually being told that in our tight economy prospective employers have a wide choice of qualified job candidates. Here are some issues that may explain.

Poor interviewing procedures

A December post by Joshua Bjerke in Recruiter.com, backs up Marciano's research. In an article titled, "Hiring Decisions being Questioned by Most Employers, Employees," he discusses a recent survey by Development Dimensions International. "About one-third of the employer respondents to the survey reported an over-reliance on evaluations submitted by hiring managers when making a poor hiring decision," he says, "while 21 percent said skill exaggeration by candidates is the primary culprit in unsuccessful hires."

The best way to avoid these problems is for the company to have a formal, written interview policy that includes legal, business-oriented questions. Interviewers should be thoroughly trained on interviewing techniques and legalities. They should also be familiar with the job in question including the skills necessary, duties required, hours to be worked, rules and regulations pertaining to the position, etc. And interviewers should take the time to read the interviewee's application form and resume prior to the interview.

Job applicants not doing their homework

Too few applicants know much about the job they're considering or the company they're entering. Research online is a good way to learn what the job you're interviewing for requires and what it pays in your area. Never lie about your experience or skills. It is much better to say that you are willing to take classes to learn what is necessary for the position.

Information about the company is out there. Research trade journals, check out stories online, and talk with people who work at the firm. Never be too quick to take a job. Applicants looking for long-term employment should make sure the responsibilities, compensation, benefits and organizational culture match their needs and values.

• • •

Here are two quotes to remember:

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."

Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator and author

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work you love."

David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author, lecturer and historian

Marie Stempinski is president and founder of Strategic Communication in St. Petersburg. She specializes in public relations, marketing, business development and employee motivation. She can be reached at [email protected] or through her website www.howtomotivateemployees.org.

Comments
Black Friday still a brick-and-mortar experience for some

Black Friday still a brick-and-mortar experience for some

TAMPA ó Standing in a frantic line at Best Buy on Thanksgiving, one young woman beat the system when she showed off the receipt for her new TV, which she had just purchased on her phone. She was waiting to pick it up."I didnít know you could do that,...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Woman, 51, robbed in Tyrone Square Mall parking lot, police say

ST. PETERSBURG ó A woman was robbed after a man followed her to her car in a mall parking lot Thursday night and shot once at her, police said. The 51-year-old woman, whose identity St. Petersburg police are withholding, was not injured. She was walk...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Take steps against holiday fraud with private WiFi, fraud alerts

Take steps against holiday fraud with private WiFi, fraud alerts

The holiday shopping season bring hosts of discounts and deals, but it also brings something less cheery ó fraud. According to a forecast by ACI Worldwide, a payment processing company, retailers are expected to see a 30 percent jump in fraud this ye...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Fourth Streetís mom and pop motels are a dying breed

Fourth Streetís mom and pop motels are a dying breed

ST. PETERSBURG ó Billboards as far north as Tennessee beckoned tourists by the thousands to St. Petersburgís Fourth Street calling it "the longest motel street in the world" in the 1940s and í50s. There were 95 motels between the Gandy Bridge and Cen...
Published: 11/24/17
Suburban-bound millennials and other 2018 housing trends to watch

Suburban-bound millennials and other 2018 housing trends to watch

Whatís ahead for real estate in 2018? Zillow economists put their heads together and offered up a laundry list of forecasts and predictions. The chief one to remember? Inventory shortages of homes for sale which challenged the market in 2017 will pe...
Published: 11/24/17
Across country, small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

Across country, small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

Associated PressSome smaller retailers will tug at shoppersí heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.Store owners are going well beyond the usual holiday dec...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Inkwood Books among retailers banking on ‘Small Business Saturday’

Inkwood Books among retailers banking on ‘Small Business Saturday’

TAMPA — By Tuesday evening, at least 50 cardboard boxes were still stacked against the shop’s wall, each labeled clearly with a black sharpie. "Biographies" "Pets" "Fiction" "Music" While the front of the store and new children’...
Published: 11/22/17
Updated: 11/24/17
As Tampa Bay economy matures, more key people bear watching. Letís get started.

As Tampa Bay economy matures, more key people bear watching. Letís get started.

Whatís coming down the economic pike for Tampa Bay? Whoís driving this metro economy into 2018 and beyond? Change ó people, issues, business focus ó can be a good thing. It keeps places like geographically challenged Tampa Bay nimble with fresh blood...
Published: 11/22/17
Updated: 11/24/17
Six years and counting: Allegiant Air reaches agreement with flight attendants

Six years and counting: Allegiant Air reaches agreement with flight attendants

ST. PETERSBURG ó After six years of negotiations, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and its flight attendants union reached a tentative contract to improve worker pay and benefits and solidify airline policies."We feel like itís an agreement that is cert...
Published: 11/22/17
Workers at luxury St. Pete condo tower say they are owed thousands

Workers at luxury St. Pete condo tower say they are owed thousands

ST. PETERSBURG ó Nearly three dozen workers at ONE St. Petersburg, a luxury condo tower under construction in the heart of downtown, havenít been paid in weeks and are owed thousands of dollars.With the holidays nearing, some of the men say they are ...
Published: 11/22/17