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Must-reads from Mel: tips from Ben, an “A” team roadmap and coveted characteristics

Odds are that you don’t have the time you’d like to read all the blogs, articles or books that offer insight into the hourly hiring industry. So Snagajob asked our friend, Mel Kleiman – CSP, president of Humetrics, and a strategist for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees – to give us a rundown of the best articles he’s read recently and what you could learn from each. It’s like CliffsNotes for hourly hiring media.

14 action inducing lessons from Benjamin Franklin

It’s interesting to note that Ben Franklin lived from 1706 to 1790, a time very different from ours. Yet the advice he offered for success is still very apropos. Without the use of computers and modern methods of communication, he invented things and established organizations that changed the way we live. He was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. How many of his lessons can be applied in your business?

- “Well done is better than well said.” – less talk, more action
- “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – don’t procrastinate
- “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – be prepared
- “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – don’t fight change
- “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” – get moving
- “Never confuse motion with action.” – avoid busywork
- “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – give yourself permission to make mistakes
- “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” – act quickly on opportunities
- “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – continue to grow
- “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – keep going
- “There are three things extremely hard: steal, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” – know yourself
- “Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?” – don’t self-sabotage
- “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – don’t give up
- “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”- wise up

Building an ‘A’ team: it starts with the hiring process

Nearly every employer wants to build a team full of ‘A’ players. But knowing how to build a top team and learning how to recognize if you’ve met your goal isn’t easy. In this article, John Tschohl, starts by giving some compelling reasons to spend the extra time and effort it takes to build an ‘A’ team. He also gives some interesting metrics to think about in terms of the number of people you may have to interview to find an ‘A’ player. The article closes with some of the key attributes that most ‘A’ players have in common and how to identify those attributes.

8 qualities employers desire most in workers

This article is a natural extension of the ‘A’ team article because it offers research on what most employers are looking for in a great employee. Take what you learn from this article and combine it with the strategic approach discussed in Tschohl’s article, and you’ll build a strong team in no time.

Here are highlights of the eight attributes in which companies are most interested:

- Being a team player
- Fully focused on satisfying customers
- Motivate and engage others in their jobs
- Success in achieving your “critical few objectives”
- Work smart
- Work hard
- Add value to the organization
- Contribute to improving the bottom line

 

 

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Mel Kleiman, CSP, is president of Humetrics, and a strategist for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees. Mel wrote the book, "Hire Tough, Manage Easy: How to Find and Hire the Best Hourly Employees."

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