Soft Skills Matter

We’ve been hearing a lot about the “skills gap” lately, where employers have a tough time finding qualified candidates even as a sizeable number of unemployed people struggle to find jobs. Now the debate has moved on to look at “hard” and “soft” skills....more

The Skills Gap: Your Future Job Doesn’t Exist Today

Here’s a newsflash from the future…the job that’s waiting for you doesn’t exist right now. That’s right. Your future job probably hasn’t yet been created, or maybe even thought about. Just ten years from now there will be jobs that are very different from anything we see today....more

Workplace Ergonomics: How Surroundings Can Improve Creativity

October is National Ergonomics Month. Maybe not a big holiday on your calendar, but ergonomics can have a strong influence on the quality of our creative work. Having a good working environment can enhance creative thinking, and prevent the aches and pains we’ve all experienced after a long and intense creative work session....more

Do You Own Your Job or Are You Just Renting?

You might not know it just by looking around, but every workplace has two kinds of employees: renters and owners....more
Great post.  I work in the software development industry - and while I like to own it it seems ...more

The New Sharing Economy - Staffing Firms Were Pioneers

Recently Lyft, Uber and Car2Go came to Columbus. They all just showed up, practically at the same time, seemingly overnight. Surprised? I wasn’t. It’s just another sign of the rapidly growing “sharing economy.”...more

VP, Director, Manager: Do Titles Really Matter?

In a world where it's all about the work, do titles really matter? Do they tell you something about the person you're meeting? Or are fancy titles just a "prize" companies hand out in lieu of real responsibility or more pay? ...more

The Future of Employment: Jobs vs. Work

Here’s a question you probably haven’t been asked lately: Do you have a job or do you produce work? Before you get upset and tell me you DO work at your job, please hear me out. The world of employment is changing rapidly. Today there are many different ways to get work done, and companies are primarily focusing on the outcome.  For purposes of this discussion, I’m defining job and work like this:Job:  a post of employment; full-time or part-time position...more

The Quit Rate: Why Quitters are Good News

Great news! More people are quitting their jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the number and percentage of people quitting their jobs has been steadily rising over the past year. 1 An increasing quit rate is often considered a sign of an improving economy and job market. While the BLS is looking at a large number of workers for their report, this information could affect you very personally. Should you be excited or concerned? That depends on a few factors: ...more

Recruiting is For Lovers: Life as a Professional Cupid

My reality television weakness is The Millionaire Matchmaker. In case you haven’t seen it, the premise is that Patty (The Matchmaker) runs a high-end dating service (The Millionaire’s Club). Every week she and her team select two high-net-worth individuals, preview potential dates for them, set up a social mixer, orchestrate a “master date,” get feedback from both parties, then decide how to move forward. She’s from a long line of matchmakers and focuses on helping her clients find true love, not just a hot date....more

Playing as a Team: Do You Have Builders or Breakers?

In our house winter is basketball season and, while I’m not a rabid fan, I do watch my fair share of games. The thing I like about basketball is that it is such a clear picture of teamwork. Only five players on the court, each responsible for both offense and defense, each with an assignment, but all that really matters is getting the shot. In the end, it’s about making more shots than the other team....more