Hot summer days are here already—can you believe it? For many of us, that means dreams of long weekends or vacations at the beach. For some of us, it means a dreaded trip to the store for a new bathing suit or hiring the right people for our summer job openings.
I recently discovered that my favorite suit from last season didn’t… fit…. It was, shall we say, an unpleasant surprise. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I’ve tried everything: Jazzercise, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and just about every crazy fad diet out there. And take it from me, these things rarely work.
The crazy diets and exercise programs worked for a while, but the results failed to stick for long. Seriously, the secret to weight loss is not a mystery—eat less, exercise more. But here’s the thing: it’s hard work! I know, right? You should be able to eat that chocolate cake and dive into that carton of ice cream. Most of us want to lose weight, sure, but without all the hard work of making healthy food choices and regular exercise. Instead, we keep on doing what we know in our hearts is wrong and complain about how hard it is to lose weight.
And, it’s the same with hiring the right people. We know that the things we’re doing are not working. Yet, we keep using job boards, posting boring job descriptions, and hoping great candidates apply. Except they rarely do and there you are, stuck with choosing from among the best of the worst available applicants (or that bathing suit that should fit but … let’s not go there again).
Here’s an interesting fact: according to the new ADP/Moody’s National Employment Report: almost 69% of all new job growth in May 2018 came from small and medium-size companies! And even more interesting, according to Express Employment Professionals’ 5th annual “State of the Unemployed” 43% of respondents said they would “only accept a job that I really want to do.”
So, what this means is for you is you have to change your thinking about hiring just like you have to change your thinking about how to lose weight. When you change your thinking about food from negative to positive, losing weight becomes less of a chore. You learn that your approach to food is based on environmental, psychological, and emotional triggers. Hiring the right people is also filled with triggers which frequently sabotage your efforts to hire the right people, just like that donut in the breakroom.
You have to THINK differently and consider other options, perspectives, and outcomes.
And with a change in your thinking, all of a sudden you can see the possibilities and opportunities available to hire amazing employees who will only accept a job they want to do.
This is why The YOLO Principle is so effective. It helps you see a new way of hiring and helps you create a hiring process that works no matter the size of your business. Hiring the right employees takes an investment of time and strategic thinking. When you change how you think, and then change what you do, hiring becomes easy. And that’s why I’ll be working with a health expert to get back on track and return to a healthy weight.
Decide today to take the first step to hire great employees and stop settling for average or subpar employees. Perhaps it’s time to grab a copy of The YOLO Principle: The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business. It’s packed with tools, templates, and step-by-step instructions. Purchase your copy here or on Amazon.
Or like me, you might need some help from an expert. Click this link to schedule a complimentary Insight session. It’s an investment of 20 minutes of focused coaching that will pay huge dividends. And while I can’t guarantee your bathing suit will fit, I can guarantee you will lose the weight of hiring bad employees.
So, here’s my challenge for the summer: think about the most difficult change you’ve ever made. Next, think about when you realized not making a change became harder than making it. What consequences could you no longer accept? What opportunities were you missing? Or was it a combination of these? I’d love to know so drop me a note in the comments.