Human Resources Blog

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


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adding Power to the Team

I'm thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our Human Resources leadership team here at All Children's Hospital - Carol McDaniel! Carol is our Talent Acquisition Director and in her first blog post shares her excitement about being part of our team, and how you can connect with her!

As I drive across I-275 and the sun is rising on the All Children’s Hospital main campus, I know this is where I was meant to do some of my best work, as do so many others here each day.

Well in to my 3rd day as the Director of Talent Acquisition for All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, I am already feeling welcomed and embraced by this incredible community of professionals!
I will be heading up recruiting for this facility of over 3200 employees that hires over 500 employees every year in positions that changes lives – how awesome is that? 

I am working with some of the most talented people in the industry like Jay Kuhns, who has already elevated the status of All Children’s as the leader in healthcare recruiting – I get to take it up a few notches – how cool is that?

Look for me here each week as I work with our recruiting team to deliver the best in candidate experience,  share insights in to working here at All Children’s Hospital and why this IS the place to work, live and play!

I won’t bore you with the details about me here but you can check me out online and here at All Children's Hospital!

Don’t be shy – reach out to me. I’m ready for it!

Twitter: @carolmacd
LinkedIn: Carol McDaniel

Be sure to reach out to Carol, or any member of our team! Have a terrific week!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's Not About A "Week"

This week we are celebrating Hospital Week along with many other hospitals everywhere. It's a strange thing....having a "week" for your industry, or profession, or hobby. 

We have fun with our events here, and reinforce our strong culture when we do something special or give our employees fun and practical gifts. This year everyone on our team received a tervis cup

That's me showing it off!

52 Weeks
One of the things I like most about working at All Children's Hospital is knowing that we do incredible things for children and families every week of the year. We recognize accomplishments, we conduct research, we grow future physicians and leaders...all while providing amazing care for some of the most fragile patients in the world.

For us it's not about a week each's about a culture that saves lives, builds careers, and makes a huge impact in the communities we serve.

Be Part of Our Team
If you're looking to be part of an organization that means so much more than just having a job, it's time you learn about us. Review our website...listen to our radio show podcasts, or read all the great content on our HR facebook page. We have lots of ways for you to connect and learn about us.

Make the next move in your career and explore all that All Children's Hospital and Tampa Bay have to offer. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Our Nurses Make A Huge Difference

We walked into the break room...eight of us...a very odd group to "suddenly" appear. The staff stopped what they were doing and looked at the group of leaders that just appeared and weren't saying a word.

Every eye grew bigger when we asked for a certain nurse's name. She raised her hand, and we announced she was our newest Daisy Award winner! Her hands immediately covered her face as the tears started to flow.

She had done such an incredible job working with our patients, their families, and her colleagues that she rose above all the other monthly nominees to win.

Our nurses make a huge difference.

Our Culture
This moment is not something that happens annually at All Children's Hospital. In fact, we recognize our incredible nurses every single month with the Daisy Award. We have so many nominees each month that at the end of the year we hold a series of luncheons just to make sure we do something special for each of them.

Our nurses make a huge difference.

Our Future
As our organization evolves we have embraced a journey to excellence and are working to achieve Magnet Status. It will be something that matches the incredible work our team does day after day, with the external validation that comes with being a premier children's hospital. As part of that effort we all recognize one thing...

Our nurses make a huge difference. 

You Need to be Here
As we celebrate Nurse's Week, it is important for you to know that All Children's Hospital is not just a specialty hospital that cares for the most fragile patients. It is a place that values, recognizes, and believes in the minds and talents of our incredible staff.

We hope every Nurse has a terrific Nurse's Week...and we are reminded every day that you do make a huge difference.

Thank you!



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Maybe You're Next

As I look back over the course of my career it is easy to identify the people that really made a difference in my professional life. The leader who gave me a chance when I didn't have the "perfect" amount of first management job as a young leader trying to figure it all out...and a couple of other important moves as life moved along.

Those moments stay with us, and the leaders who helped us will never be forgotten. Wow, think about that for a minute. Those leaders will never be forgotten!

Who They Were
Take a moment and think about one of those influential people in your life. Picture their face in your mind. What did they do that made them so special? Was it their honesty, willingness to listen, or support for you and your team members? How did they behave? Did you worry about their mood, or were they a steady leadership presence that could be relied on to "be there" day after day?

Who They Were Not
I'm willing to bet that none of you would describe your person as "an excel whiz" or a "master at budgets" or "really punctual." No, those aren't the traits of people who are influential in a positive way. While these traits and skills are important, they are not differentiators.

Maybe You're Next
Wouldn't it be terrific if one of your employees was asked to describe one of the most influential and supportive leaders in their career someday...and they immediately thought of you? Consider that point the next time you're interacting with your colleagues. You never know who you're impacting at any moment.

Lead the way!



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

3 Keys to a Successful Interview

Job interviews can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. One one hand the prospect of a new position is thrilling. A fresh start with new colleagues at a terrific new company is hard to beat. On the other hand we've all experienced the anxiety that comes from the interview process. First impressions and selecting each answer so carefully can be exhausting.


Check out these three tips so you can enjoy the experience and do well in your next interview!

#1 - Get Ready
One of the best ways to impress the people you'll be interviewing with is to be prepared. Learn about the hiring manger, the company, the role...anything you can uncover will help you. Turn your research into questions that will prove you've done your homework and are really interested in the opportunity.

#2 - Dress for Success
I can not emphasize enough how important it is to look professional. That doesn't mean you have to spend lots of money on designer clothes. However, it does mean you need to wear clothes that are appropriate for the position you're interviewing for (or better), and make sure they are clean and pressed. 

Wrinkles never work!

#3 - Have Fun
This last one may sound odd, but believe me when I tell you it is obvious when an interviewee is enjoying the process! Sometimes candidates appear to be so nervous that I wonder if they're going to pass out. (It's true...I'm not making this up!)

Interviews are an opportunity to talk about the person you know the! Get excited...tell your story...and enjoy the process. It will make a great impression on every one you meet!

Good luck at your next interview!