Moderate Hiring in Q4

Before the website poll self-destructed we gathered some interesting results.

The questions were basic:

  • Will you be likely to hire in the 4th Qtr of 2013?
  • Will you be likely to layoff in the 4th Qtr of 2013?
  • Will you be likely to hire in the 1st Qtr of 2014?
  • Will you be likely to layoff in the 1st Qtr of 2014?

Only 26% of the 700 recipients took the poll. Within that framework 9% of responders planned on hiring while 3% planned on laying off in the 4th Qtr of 2013.

14% of responders plan on hiring in 1st Qtr of 2014 while again 3% plan on laying off in the same quarter.

An employment agency is usually a harbinger of recovery from recession. Many people think agencies must be successful because so many people are in the applicant pools. As my old boss used to say “The best candidate does no good without a company that’s hiring.”

People think companies have a simple job posting an ad and waiting for the resumes. Those people don’t realize a glut of hundreds of unqualified resumes result in a critical time drain to an already under staffed company.

What’s the hold up?

Uncertainty about real recovery, loss of confidence, lack of available credit, Mid-term election results, unsustainably of sales, slow growth, or any number of reasons offered by everyone from Ben Bernanke to Joe the Plumber.

What’s the solution?

A study, on stress in the workplace—from the perspective of business owners, done by a group of psychologists working through Duke University suggested many methods to de-stress and re-focus the efforts of front line business owners.

I’ve included the one I like and will attempt to follow.

The solution begins by answering this one question. 

What one thing would you do with your company if you knew you could not fail?

Every business owner has a dream for their business. Give yourself the time and give yourself permission to fantasize about how your business would look if you did this one thing that couldn’t fail.

Once you have your answer the study recommends you turn your focus and resources on implementing the answer. It doesn’t matter how small a step you take; even writing down your plan is a step.  It doesn’t matter what timeframe you use as long as you stick to the schedule.

Our minds create the future our hearts envision.