Get Motivated

May 9th, 2011

I don’t know about you, but quite frankly I’m sick of hearing about the tough economy.  So today, we’re going to focus on five ways to turn negative thoughts into positive action.

  1. You have a lot of potential – start recognizing it!
    You may not be built like Arnold Schwarzenegger or be mistaken for a supermodel.  But with positive thinking, focusing on your strengths, and self-determination you can achieve some truly amazing things.
  2. Decide what you want – and set goals along the way.
    Remember the old saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”?  Well, it wasn’t!  When setting goals, it’s important to keep your long-term goal in mind, but set smaller goals along the way.  This will help keep you motivated and patient.
  3. Get focused and discipline yourself.
    Nothing in life is free.  If you want to meet your goals, you’re going to have to work for it.  Focus your attention on your goals and don’t stray.  Make sure each day you do at least one activity that centers around your goals.
  4. Stop doubting your abilities and develop self-confidence.
    Strike the phrase “I can’t” from your vocabulary-because “you can”!  Don’t complain or get frustrated with little roadblocks.  Instead visualize your success.
  5. Avoid negative people.
    Negativity is contagious.  One of the easiest ways to become successful is to surround yourself with positive, successful people.

We hope you find these tips helpful.  At Stark Talent we take a great deal of pride in helping people not only find great jobs, but also grow personally.

Stop Losing Your Best People

May 9th, 2011

As the economy begins to pick back up, your top performers may end up getting offers from other companies.  In past downturns and recoveries, many talented people jumped ship, especially when they perceived there was more opportunity elsewhere.

So what can you do to retain your best people?

The key is to identify your top performers, stay close to them, and work on finding rewards that work for them.  Here are few tips:

Pay attention. Show your employees that you value them and their contributions. Tailor HR and benefit programs to meet the needs of your unique workforce. This may mean moving to flex time, PTO, or offering more choices in healthcare plans and adding any other unconventional policies.

Teach, coach…lead the flock. Provide ongoing training. Have an open door policy. Provide mentoring and opportunities that your competitors do not offer. Lead by example and follow through on your promises.

Ensure your company’s goals are in line with your employee reward system. Set clear expectations on how you will reward top performers.

Ask and you shall receive. Ask your top people why they like working at your company. Ask them why they stay. And ask them what they’d do differently. Use their feedback to make improvements. On the other hand, when someone leaves your company, ask them what made them make this decision. Knowing is half the battle.