Many organizations around the world are finding it increasingly difficult to find good help. As a hiring manager, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to find an employee who is both dedicated and motivated. That being said, finding an employee who demonstrates the below three characteristics on a regular basis is easier said than done. Let’s look at the three main areas employees tend to fall into.
1. How is your employee behavior?
In past blogs, I have already discussed “changing behavior”. Employee behavior can be good and bad. Does your employee make personal phone calls, surf the internet, read the paper or make idle chit chat with co-workers during working hours instead of calling your customers or performing their duties? Are your employees performing the right behaviors on a consistent basis in order to give your organization the best chance for success? I would say from my experience it is very rare when you have an employee who does not need to be held accountable for their utilizations over the course of an eight hour work day. I am not advocating total control or micro-management, but I do believe it is the leader’s role to know during the course of a work day if the employee’s actions were legitimate or not legitimate toward their utilization. Let’s face it, in most cases, not all, our human nature naturally tells us to coast or relax a bit when no one is looking. This very statement leads me onto area number two.
Every now and again I am just hit with something that drives me crazy. This time I am talking about an upcoming Leadership Conference that my church is one of the satellite campuses for this event. My problem is not that they are hosting the conference as a site, yet my issues are with some of the speakers the conference is willing to promote. Sometimes this conference will bring in secular speakers to teach leadership principles. Where I have an issue is it is hard to apply most of these secular leaders’ leadership principals if the church wants to build into people’s lives. These speakers don’t want to build into lives they want to build the organization…BIG DIFFERENCE. They promote getting rid of problems and training the superstars, but doesn’t the upside down kingdom of God stand for a discipleship model that has one-on-one, life on life opportunities?
Some of these secular leaders’ principles are in clear contrast to what bible believing churches promote every Sunday. Wouldn’t it be better to meet people where they’re at and then it wouldn’t be so critical to put people in one of two categories like these leaders promote of a problem or a Superstar? Jesus met many people where they were at… that by these secular leader’s standards” would not be of any value at all. In the book of John, would they put a value on the lady at the well or the lame man at the pool…I doubt it, but Jesus saw the value.