As a human resources professional within a loss prevention organization one of my responsibilities is recruiting our team of loss prevention experts. Selecting the individual whose skills and expertise match the requirements for any position can be a daunting task. Knowing what to look for during the employment interviewing process will help identify the candidate that is the best fit for your organization.Read More
They say the road to Hades is paved with good intentions. If that is true, than I say most of the heavy road construction was completed by the “new year special committees.” Those business groups we form in January and February charged with special tasks such as POS rollout, Training Initiatives, or Shrink. The intentions are, of course, in the right place. Certainly, in at least the first couple of meetings goals are met…and then comes Spring…and Summer…and attendance and attention wane.
Now granted, I’m not a huge fan of committees. In my opinion committees are as the British politician, Sir Barnett Cocks said: “a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.” My distrust for such groups is not born out of dislike for being a team player. Team’s are critical to achievement—small teams. Small teams with a specific set of goals, that follow specific plans, and include specific and individual responsibilities—I call it managed creativity. My reason for a small team preference is that while evolution may make great leaps to achieve change, human goals are reached through small and incremental steps. The more people there are milling around, the more likely we are to lose focus and misstep. But this isn’t an article on the pros and cons of committees. It is about “attending to what you intend.” A premise that is much simpler in theory than in practice.Read More
Do you have a productivity problem? Are associates having trouble getting all their work done? Is there a project that never seems to get finished, or something that hasn’t even been started? Does it seem it impossible for staff to cross everything off their “to do” lists? Following are ten examples of possible causes – and suggested solutions.