Work With Me People!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Work With Me, People!


One of the best parts of working on team is collaboration. I have to believe each of us gains some sort of benefit from listening to our work colleagues share their ideas and really dig deep to either find a solution, resolve an issue, change a process or generate a new one.

The dynamic of that working group can be super productive and they can accomplish a tremendous amount and develop and generate ideas that make a difference in the workplace.

So what components make up a good working collaborative team?

Like-minded people? Shared vision?   People with similar skills or background?

No, not exactly.

Much like the team you work with daily, having a variance in thinking, skills and background helps to generate thoughtful ideas.

This is how you should hire! Avoid the Stepford Wives Syndrome and hire people that are NOT like you, but bring a variance of ideas and skills – I digress.

As an active participant in collaborative efforts, I thrive on the different opinions and suggestions that come from those who have had different experiences and come from a different background. Working towards a shared vision and goal is always going to be the task, it’s the discussion that happens on the way there is the best!

So bring your experiences, ideas and vision to us here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and check out all of the opportunities here!

Work With Me, People!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Work With Me People!

Part of the challenge for recruiters is ensuring the candidates they are recruiting are good a cultural fit as well as have the required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. 

It’s a tough balance as you know because the innate behaviors of a good team player, collaborative coworker are critical to being a well-rounded employee. These are the gems that we want to retain and grow within our organizations – but you have to have skills, right?

I can pose an argument for each side if pushed to do so, but to be honest I adhere to the practice that if we are doing our job in recruiting the most qualified and interested candidates, those are the employees that will want to engage, be successful and support the organizations missions and values.

So with that being said…

I’m officially changing the name of our HR Blog from, Human Resources Blog to Work With Me People to support the very conversation about recruitment and retention. 

Sometimes you’ll hear me say, Work With Me People, or Work with me, People – I love that grammar changes everything.

Its going to be Work With Me People when I need the support of those I serve – let’s work together to bring in the best and brightest and keep them in our house; and it will be Work With Me, People when I’m looking to bring in the best and brightest - which is always. 

So check us out here and all of the opportunities here at All Children's Hospital!

Work With Me, People!

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stop Wasting Time

I’m not one to be a quote freak, but this particular phrase stuck out for me on a few levels:

“Stop wasting your time looking for the key to happiness… the door is open and unlocked… just walk through it.” 
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

As humans we spend a lot of time looking for the perfect life, spouse, job or whatever it is that we think will make us happy.

It’s a quest that has proven to frustrate some as they never really seem happy with their situation. Something is always “not quite right” with their current state.

In my line of business, Talent Acquisition, you see this in a lot in people who are looking for that perfect opportunity and you see it in employers who seek the perfectly skilled, culturally matched ideal hire. 

It’s a constant conversation about what we need to give up to get what we want.  Or, what do I have to sacrifice to get more of what I want?

Having a career that fulfills you in some capacity is a wonderful thing. Having a job that allows you some flexibility to do the things in life is a wonderful thing too. 

Try not to be too focused on one “key” to happiness – there are many ways to make it work for you and your life situation.

So much hesitation and so much overthinking can destroy our ability to be happy in our jobs!

How do you find the key to happiness? I don’t have the answer for everyone, but I will say that if you stop for a second and realize that the door has been open and unlocked all this time – your search for the elusive key was a waste of time.

Check out the many opportunities here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and speak to one of our recruiters for more details!

Who needs a key?

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's Your Story?

So here’s a quick confession: About 15 years ago I wrote a column for the Tampa Tribune called the “Job Network Connection”, and it ran in the employment classified section each Sunday.   It was a weekly regular column that focused on how to find your next job by networking. I talked about LinkedIn profiles, networking events, how to follow up from job interviews etc… 

I was on the leading edge folks! 

This column lead to many speaking engagements with the local workforce organizations as they worked to  get the recently unemployed back to work. There was tremendous interest by those displaced workers on how to use their networks to generate opportunities  for jobs. 

You know that story – keep your network current because you never know when you’ll need them.

One of the most popular presentations and columns that I wrote was about your elevator pitch. Remember that? If you were in an elevator with a top executive, what could you say about yourself in 30 seconds that would be memorable and generate an interest on their part to continue the conversation?

Fast forward to today – While the “pitch” is still relevant, the situation, timing and level of engagement has certainly changed.  With the 24/7 access to our social platforms, our “pitch” is being given all the time – sometimes within our control and sometimes not. Check out what story is being told about you by doing a quick Google search of yourself – hopefully you won’t be surprised!

Telling your story is so much easier today, and honestly with so much clutter out there, it’s important that you control the message.

So what is your story? Are you sharing it with the right people and in the right space?

Share your story with our recruiters here at All Children's Hospital and check out all of the opportunities available to continue your story here!

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friends At Work

It is a well-documented fact that employees who have friends in the workplace are happier, feel more fulfilled and are more engaged in the work they are doing. Having a friend or buddy where we work really can help us assimilate to the environment and keep us motivated when we get frustrated, or be that someone who understands the challenges and can lend an empathetic ear.

I have met some of my very best friends at work and can’t imagine having gone through those years without them.

I’m a huge fan of having a friend at work especially when you are onboarding. I’ve seen organizations that actually assign a “buddy” or “onboarding friend” to every new hire to show  them things like where to eat lunch,  where the best restaurants in town are,  where to park … and keep them informed of specific events that happen at the office that shouldn’t be missed. Love that strategy a lot!

Let’s not forget what a great experience that can also be for the employee who is assigned to be the “buddy.”  Clearly they are respected and well-liked by the organization and have been trusted to show “the new guy” around the office – talk about an ego  boost that goes a long way in employee retention!

So if you are the assigned friend, or just want to be a great coworker – help your new co-worker out! And, please show him or her where the restrooms are – that’s always so awkward to have to ask…

Be sure to check out all of the opportunities here  at All Children's Hospital and make contact with our recruiters today – work friends are part of the package!

Have a great week!

Carol McD

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What Are You Waiting For? #PushPlay

There are many times in our lives when we are hesitant to make a decision or take a leap of faith – we’re humans, it’s our nature to second guess, think it over, or sleep on it. 

We can spend so much time making lists of pros and cons of a decision that we miss the amazing opportunity that was presented and end up living with the Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda regret and that really stinks!

Now, if you are buying a car, house, horse or whatever, there is value is doing research and determining the financial impact of that decision – you have to know if you got the stable to house that horse before making a rash decision because you feel the need to spend the weekends riding horseback on the beach. That’s always going to time well spent thinking that through – stables are NOT cheap. I digress.

I’m really referring to those opportunities that come your way either unexpectedly, or because of an inquiry you made and BAM! – It’s becoming a reality!  Are you going to take your time toiling over the decision and risk losing out on that proverbial “knock on the door?”

It’s a tough call.

I’m here to tell you that Good Things DO come to those who #pushplay. 
Think about those times you've lost out on great opportunities to pick up and move to great city. Think about the opportunities you've turned down because you were too nervous about doing something different – out of your comfort zone. Are you regretful?
Those opportunities often times only come around once or twice if you’re lucky.

Take the chance! Take the risk!

The rewards will outweigh any fear you might have and if it doesn't work out then you will feel good about putting yourself out there and the next time you are faced with a #pushplay opportunity you might not be so hesitant.

I say # pushplay and check out all the opportunities  here or reach out to any of our recruiters for more info!

Have A Great Week! 

Carol McD

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Onboarding Conundrum

If you Google On-Boarding you’ll get descriptions, dissections and opinions about what it is, what it’s not and how and when to do it.  It’s more information than you’ll ever care to read about.  

However, it is constant conversation in the world of Talent Acquisition, Engagement and Retention – as it should be. And, let’s face it, on-boarding matters in a highly competitive talent market – how you treat candidates, the touch points during the hiring process, and ultimately how you onboard the newly hired employee can be the difference and solidify the decision the candidate made.

I think one of the initial fails, as it relates to on-boarding is not paying off on the bill of goods that was “sold” during the interview process.  Those big sales pitches the recruiters make about great culture, awesome benefits, work/life balance and yes, you can bring your cat/dog/ferret to the office no one cares…is that really the case?

There is nothing more deflating than after the big courtship – you realize that the job, benefits and overall culture are not a fit for you and your skills. 

And, might I add, onboarding is NOT emailing forms to complete, deferring the newly hired (or soon to be hired) to someone else to deal with once the hire has been made.  

It IS surrounding that new employee with the people, resources and tools they need to feel welcome, informed and ready to start their new career with you. Wow, think of how quickly an employee can begin to contribute when the process allows for an easy transition.

That looks different in every organization - I totally get it. 

The deliberate effort at All Children’s Hospital to share the Culture of Excellence, Respect and Collaboration by telling the story of Colton, as well as many other employee testimonials, did in fact pay off for me and the many others today during orientation. 

Oh, and just so you know, the recruiters were right – the benefits are AWESOME!

Check out all of the opportunities at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine  here and be sure to like our Facebook page – it’s where you’ll get the latest and greatest!

Have a great week!

-Carol McD