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All Work and No Play? Let’s Have Some Fun!

Living in in the Tampa Bay area gives new meaning to work-life balance.  We are passionate about our work at All Children’s Hospital and we live in a city where we can be passionate about our fun, too!

We are known for our beaches, and my family spends our fair share of time at the beach!  But, really the options are endless for things to do in the Bay Area!  And, because the weather is beautiful year around there’s always something happening.  People take the day off to go out on the boat.  Families spend the weekend at one of the theme parks in Tampa or nearby Orlando.  There always seems to be a new restaurant opening for foodies.  

In the Fall and Spring there are music and art festivals.  Sports fans just wrapped up an exciting Lighting hockey season and are now following the Rays into a promising baseball summer and already looking to see how our Buccaneers will do this year. 

What I love is that no matter what you enjoy doing, and no matter what stage in life you are, you will always have the sights, entertainment, attractions and events to draw you out of the office to enjoy your vacation time, weekends, and evenings. 

Part of a great work experience, is the ability to enjoy the community surrounding you – so get out there people and take advantage of this thriving area! 

We would love to hear what you enjoy about life in Tampa Bay.  Share your favorites with us in the comments!

Work with me people!    

Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

"Team Players"

Being Part of The Team
As you prepare for your next interview for a promotion within your organization or another company,  you may be tempted to tell your interviewer or list on your resume that you are a “Team Player”.  

Frankly, I’m not a big fan of the phrase.  Partly because it’s an overused phrase;  and, partly because we’ve all come across self-proclaimed “Team Players” who actually turned out to be “Team Dominators” or “Team Suppressors” or “Team Dividers”.  

Anyone can and does call themselves “Team Players” these days and there’s just not as much meaning to the phrase because of it. 

So, what does being a Team Player even mean?  And, if you want to convey to your prospective new manager that you are one, what is the best way to do so?

I think there are 5 key behaviors that make a Team Player.  And, the best way to show your prospective new boss that you are one is to be able to speak to how you demonstrate these 

1)      Team Players practice Mutual Respect – You give respect to every team member  despite your differences.  You meet people where they are and accept them for their  positive qualities and their areas of opportunity.  You treat everyone as if they have a  valuable contribution to make in their own unique way, because they do!  You expect  the same from them and you are open about those expectations, addressing them 

2)      Team Players are Generous – You are generous of your time, talents, and  knowledge.  Taking time to listen to your teammates.  Taking time to offer a helping  hand.  Taking time to get to know them personally.  You share your talents to help  others.  You share what you know.  Being generous means you give of yourself  without expecting in return, but to be supportive of your team.

3)      Team Players are Accountable – You take care of your business!  You are able to  report on what you have achieved.  You know your scope of responsibility.  If you  make a mistake, you own up to it, apologize, and make it right!

4)      Team Players are Capable – You make sure that you are equipped to manage what  you commit to as a team member.  You make the effort to get equipped, if that is  what is needed.  Your team can count on you to get the job done.

5)      Team Players are Team Advocates – You have your team member’s back.  You are  quick to advocate for them, trusting that if something went wrong that they will be  accountable and correct it.  You brag on their talents and achievements.

You can say that you are a Team Player, or you can say you practice mutual respect, are generous, are accountable, are capable and a team advocate.  I think it is so much more powerful to speak to these key behaviors to show the impact you would have in your prospective new team.  

Anyone would want to work with this kind of Team Player. 

Work With Me People! 

Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter

Be Proud!

Do you remember high school football games?

If your experience was anything like mine, students wore their school colors, made banners, and chanted at the top of their lungs in support of their school’s team.  I remember the feeling of excitement as the band played our fight song and you could feel the energy in your chest with every beat of the drums. 

We had serious school pride!

Last week, I beamed with pride again.  

Throughout the week I had opportunities to learn about the amazing work several of our departments are doing for our organization.  I get to attend their meetings, tour their units, and observe our teams in action.  We truly have great talent here at All Children's Hospital!  

I can feel the passion of our employees like it’s the drum beat of that high school band.  If you haven’t lately, take some time to look around today and be PROUD!

Work With Me People! 

Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital

I’m NOT Here To Be Average! I’m Here To Be AWESOME!

How long does it take for a new employee to be fully engaged in the organization?  90 days? 1 Year? 5 Years? 

How long does it take for a new employee to become the status quo? Meet the expectations? Fall In line with the 
rest of the team? Assimilate?

The answers to the first question really depends on how well we do as recruiters, hiring managers, and leaders to on-board and bring the employee up to speed on the job, the company and understanding how the work gets done. Of course the aptitude and the attitude of the employee 
certainly adds to that –lest we not forget.

The second set of questions is an entirely different conversation – however most definitely related to the first 

Confused? Let me clarify.

Bringing a new hire in to the mix is a process that takes their colleagues, leadership and communicating to them our processes, policies, partnerships and competitors. Understanding the entire landscape of their work environment is critical. As managers and leaders, we need to be open to questions, sharing insights and sharing the vision and culture consistently, frequently and with vigor! We should be the model for what success looks like in their role! This process can take time depending on availability of the team and the ability of the new team member to absorb it all.

The second set of questions is really about what expectations we have set for our new employee?  

Think about how many times you've used these phrases;

“This is the process and the sooner you are able to understand how it works, the faster you will understand your job”

“Once you are up to speed on everything you will be one of us”

What you are doing is ensuring that your new team member falls in line with the rest of the group. You are telling them that success in your organization means being just like the others and follow the same process, rules and procedures.

This is not Star Trek and you are not the “Borg” – no one needs to assimilate here.

My guess is that we hire talent because of what they can bring to the organization that maybe the organization currently does not have.  My guess is that they are unique, have different experiences and can bring a perspective that others may not have and the value of those past experiences will be invaluable to the organization.  That’s what Talent Acquisition is all about!

We can hire the same types of people all day long who will do the same thing the same way and get the same result. It’s called the Stepford Wife Syndrome.

So my three key pieces of advice:

Don’t be “The Borg”

You are not a “Stepford Wife”

And, strive to be AWESOME, not AVERAGE.

Work With Me People!

Carol McDaniel
Director, Talent Acquisition
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

Keep The Noise Down!

Have you seen the movie “Date Night”?  It’s a comedy about a busy working couple with children in a romance rut who decide to spice things up with a date night out on the town in Manhattan.  Of course all kinds of comedic mayhem ensue in the movie on their date night.  

There’s a scene in the movie that struck a chord with me where the husband, played by Steve Carrell, asks his wife to disclose her secret fantasy and she, played by Tina Fey, discloses that her fantasy is to go to a hotel room by herself and eat a sandwich with an ice cold Sprite with no one talking to or touching her.  He’s totally surprised that this is what she fantasizes about. 

I thought to myself “YES!”  I can relate!

We live in such a noisy world that sometimes it can be downright overwhelming!  We encounter noise on the way to work in the form of traffic and aggressive drivers.  We encounter noise at work with competing priorities and the opinions, needs, and directives of our work place.  Then we go home at the end of the day and care for our families, more noise. 

How do we stay grounded, stay the course, stay sane at work in the midst of it all?  How do we manage to hear what matters in the midst of all the noise? 

It’s about grounding yourself in what truly matters and then mastering the tools to bring you back to that grounded place even in the midst of the craziest noise.  If you work in healthcare, maybe what matters most is quality of care.  As a recruiter, what matters most to me is the candidate experience.  I ground myself around ensuring that candidates experience the best of what our organization has to offer for their career, and I minimize all the other noise. 

When it’s really noisy, you need tools to remind you of your grounding place.  I would suggest 3 tools:

  1. Write down and post what grounds you as a reminder
  2. Take deep breaths to clear your mind when things get really noisy
  3. Take some quiet time daily to reflect on what matters
You can stay grounded, stay the course, and stay sane even during the noisiest of times.

Work With Me People! 

Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

Why I am Rocking My Rose-Colored Glasses
If you find yourself feeling negatively about your work environment, you may not be able to change your situation, but you can change your perspective.  We each have our own unique perspective and no one can truly understand what it's like to view the world through the eyes of another. It is the reason two children can grow up in the same household and glean such different lessons from the experience.  It is the reason why some people triumph over great tragedy or trauma.  They perceive themselves as strong overcomers!  While others perceived themselves to be doomed to a life of misfortune.
It is also the reason why two employees can work in the same environment and have such opposing attitudes about their workplace.  As a Human Resources professional, I observe these opposing perspectives often.  One person perceives a change in management as a bright new start.  Another perceives the change as signaling job instability and thinks about whether it’s time to look for a more stable work environment.
We are attached to our perspective.  It is our truth!  We even find people to affirm us.  We form perspective affirming work cliques!  We side with those who have the same views, and avoid those who have an opposite view.  Those who have similar views, reinforce our perspective and make us feel more secure, confirming that our view is accurate.  People with opposing views challenge our perspective and make us feel unsure of ourselves and uncomfortable.   
We boldly act based on these perceived truths.  Like the employee in my previous example who starts applying for jobs after the management change, which he perceived to signal an unstable work environment.
Perspective can seem really difficult to alter, but, good news, it is a choice!  It requires the decision to stop and bravely ask "What if there was another way of looking at this situation?” 
If you are feeling negative about your current work situation, what if you chose to see the positives in your work situation?  We can put on rose-colored glasses and always assume the positive.  How would that change your actions and alter your outcomes?  How would it change the way you feel about your work environment?  How would it impact your work relationships?
On your way home this evening think of the color red.  Notice how all of a sudden all of the red cars stand out, there a red sign you never noticed before, and you notice the red button on your car’s dashboard.  You know this game! 
When you change your perspective, the positives in your situation will become more apparent.  What if you thought like this…
1) The work I do is meaningful!
2) I am in the exact place I am meant to be on my career journey!
3) The people around me want to help me!
Make these 3 perspective altering assumptions and watch your work experience change for the better!
Work With Me People! 

by Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

When The Honeymoon Is Over…

Those first 30, 60, 90 days of your new gig really feel like a honeymoon don’t they? You are meeting new people, shaking hands of the executives and getting office furniture setup in your new place….it’s a magical time. 

In fact studies show that this particular stage of a new job is super important and how you “on-board” new employees can make all the difference in retaining them – especially those who you want to retain.

Often times, the honeymoon extends into the first year – that’s a great thing. You are clicking with your co-workers, understanding how the work flow happens and who you need to collaborate with for your initiatives.

At some point though, this honeymoon phase ends.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but you find yourself facing obstacles, rude coworkers and others that seem to generate a sort “drama” that you’re glazed over honeymoon eyes didn't see before.

This is the time when couple of things can happen; You can decide that, wow, this is not what I expected and this fairy tale opportunity has now revealed its ugly head and make your departure; Or you can decide that this is the time when you can really shine and show all the reasons why you were brought in to the organization.  

Choosing the latter for some people is the most difficult. I mean who wants to wage a battle every day to get your work done?

I would suggest that choosing to stay and work with the challenges that you might face is where you will do your best work.  During the honeymoon period, you had the chance to meet those work colleagues that either hold the purse strings to funding projects or are the gateway for approving initiatives.

Now is the time you begin build upon those relationships and with your understanding of how the workflow happens, use that to your advantage working within the parameters given, and launch the ideas and initiatives you talked about during your interview.

Am I suggesting you “work the system?" No, but I am suggesting that now you know how the work gets done, so go do your best work!

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