Finally, those lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived. University students have found their summer jobs and elementary and high school students are getting increasingly excited as they begin the countdown to summer vacation. Summer season also affects our workplaces in at least two ways. First, employees quickly line up with their vacation requests, causing scheduling challenges for management. Second, people typically find it hard to concentrate in the summer, so employee productivity often lags behind.
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Often when we think of trust in the workplace, the general belief is that a good workplace environment has trust. Trust must exist amongst the employees as coworkers and trust must exist with the management team. Employees must feel trust that the decisions being made are being made with everyone’s best interests in mind, while meeting the objectives of the company. This trust forms the basis of the culture of the company that will propel the company forward towards success and will sustain the organization when times are tough and the employees are counted upon to do even more to ensure the company bounces back. When trust exists, employees are able to change direction, seek out new ways of doing things, and embrace the work they are doing as they are committed to the success they are witnessing by the actions that follow, the decisions that are being made.
As you sit and read today’s newspaper, my guess is you’ve also engaged in some online shopping at some time during the week. Perhaps, after successfully purchasing a new book from amazon.ca, you’ve now become a frequent shopper for the many other items now being offered. If not, you’ll have at least tried the "ship from the store" option being offered by many retailers. It seems that "e-commerce" is becoming a big part of our lives.
As an executive search professional, it’s my job to locate qualified candidates, conduct interviews and psychometric assessments and check references with an eye to presenting a set of candidates to the client. However, it doesn’t matter how thorough this search process, there is always the matter of whether or not the candidate will successfully fit into and thrive in their new environment. This is known as cultural fit.
Participating in an executive search process can be a grueling process for candidates. You participate in the process of telephone interviews, then further screening, face to face meetings, psychometric assessments, written documentation and reference checks. Then if you pass the “muster” so to speak, you are presented to the potential new employer for consideration.