Exploring Today’s Workforce

The Eighth Annual CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey identifies the key employee issues affecting convenience store retailers and what chains can do to overcome them. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have again collaborated on our eighth annual Human Resources Benchmarking Survey. The results reported here are

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What Is Employee Engagement Anyway?

By Mel Kleiman, founder, Humetrics Many pollsters regularly measure and report on employee engagement. Gallup does so regularly. Their latest numbers show: “The slightly improved level of employee engagement that persisted in the U.S. workforce in 2015 continued in January. Nearly one-third of workers last month — 32.5% — were engaged in their jobs. Employee

How To Attract More Job Applicants

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics When it comes to getting potential employee referrals, use all of your connections — present employees, vendors and customers. And don’t overlook your business and social networks. Go through your contact database and identify everyone who may know someone like the person you want to hire. Send them an email

Are You Doing the Right Things in the Best Possible Way?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics As the old saying goes: “You cannot do more with less.” In other words, instead of cutting this and trimming that, look at doing it better or differently. Ask: “Are we doing the right things,” and, if we are, “can we do them another faster/better/cheaper way?” Creative problem solving is

First Things First

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics As I see it, some of the biggest wastes of any organization’s time and resources are: The flood of incoming, unimportant email Meetings over 60 minutes long Firefighting (reacting to events that seem like emergencies) To avoid falling into to these distracting traps, come up with a list of the

What Is The Worst Mistake You Can Make?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Not doing everything in your power to make sure you and your managers are great coaches is the worst business mistake you can make. Although not everyone can be a great leader, most of us can be great coaches. A great coach knows how to pick the best players, find

Why Innovation Is So Important

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics What got you here will not keep you here or take you to the next level. If you’re not changing and evolving, the world is going to pass you by. Of the three giant retailers that were startups in 1961, K-Mart is not even in the 2015 list of Top

Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Where is your focus? Is it on staving off the impacts of the economy and/or the competition instead of on what you can do to improve the experiences of your customers and your employees? If so, to really get ahead of the game, I suggest you focus on the latter —

The Dos and Don’ts of Internet Job Postings

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics While this is not an endorsement for the Indeed job board, they just issued a set of guidelines I encourage everyone to use when posting your firm’s job openings online… “Indeed is the number one job site in the world and the recruitment tool of choice for all kinds of

Values vs. Culture Fit

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Often, interviewers try to determine how well an applicant would fit the existing corporate culture by asking questions like: “Are you willing to work late hours?” “Do you prefer to be part of a team or to work independently? Is it important to you to have a private work space?”

How to Pump Up Profits

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Trying to cut costs and/or services to increase or maintain profitability is a common, but mistaken strategy. Yes, there probably is fat that can be trimmed and we need to look at every line item expense, but if you compromise the customer and/or employee experience, you threaten the viability of

How to Formulate Success

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics While you probably do extensive recordkeeping to track how well your team meets customer service standards and goals, I doubt you track how well you are doing when it comes to taking care of your internal customers — your employees. What are you doing to ensure they keep coming back

Interview Questions That SOAR

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics It will make life easier for both you and your job applicants if you tell them what you are looking for in their answers to your questions. I like to use the SOAR formula: Situation: “Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult co-worker and things did not

What Did You Teach Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you want your best people to stay with you, you need to help them learn and grow. Do you challenge and stretch them? Do you share information? Are you giving them increased responsibilities and patiently teaching the skills and procedures needed to be successful? I’ve actually had business owners

It’s NOT Always About the Money…

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Even though every talented person who ever left one job for another told their employer it was “for the money,” money is rarely the real reason anyone quits. Over the years, research studies have shown time and again that the No. 1 reason people leave is because of their dissatisfaction

What Did You Learn From Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If your answer is: “Not a thing,” you must not be asking any questions and that’s the biggest mistake a manager can make. Your people are the ones in the trenches and they know exactly what’s going on, but they’re not going to tell you unless you ask. Here are

How To Do More With Less

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics It is not about doing things right; it is about doing the right things. Year-end is a great time to look at all your activities and tasks and ask yourself the following questions: Is this activity adding real value? Who benefits from this activity? What are the consequences if I/we

Take a Tip from Your Medical Practitioner

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics When you are asking for information, skip saying things like: “How’s it going” or “Is everything okay?” All you’ll get are answers like: “Fine” and “Yes.” To elicit meaningful feedback, do what doctors do when they want to assess how much pain a patient is experiencing and ask: “On a

Skills, Experience and Even Talent Are No Match for Attitude

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics The race  to hire for either skills or experience is over. Today, it’s all about hiring attitude and talent. So, what is the difference? A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like the ability to drive a truck, design a building or cut hair. Experience hones those

What If You Used This Ad to Recruit Your Next New Hire?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics A   NOTICE TO ALL JOB APPLICANTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: We expect 100% accountability. All of our employees accepted employment here knowing we expect them to be 100% accountable, 100% of the time. We only pay for results! We will not pay for excuses! We will not pay for blaming! We

Are You Refusing to Help Your Employees Grow?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics You do your organization and your employees a tremendous disservice if you avoid correcting and improving performance, behaviors and processes. If you want to grow the organization, you must grow your people. And, to do that, you cannot be reluctant to share your experience and expertise. While it’s good to “catch

How To Recruit 101

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Here’s a timely reminder to help you compete for the best of those left in the rapidly evaporating labor pool… Get creative with your recruiting ad headlines; make them fun and exciting. For example:  “Truck Driver” becomes “Master of the Road,” and “Restaurant Manager” becomes “Director of Fun and Food.”

The One Word Exercise

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics If you find yourself easily distracted by the overwhelming amount of possibly important, but definitely not urgent, information we’re all asked to deal with every day, here’s a simple exercise that can help keep you focused as well as help guide your decision-making process… Ask yourself, “What one word would I

Uncommon Common Sense

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Make it a practice to tell your people that the things you need them to do are hard, even when you know the tasks at hand are easy. Here’s why: Rabbi Chefitz had all the Cub Scouts sit in a circle with a big tom-tom in the center. He beat a particular

Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Headlines are always devoted to whatever it is that happens to be scaring the pants off us today (a disease like Ebola, global warming, the economy, etc.) while, in fact, approximately 3,300 deaths occur every day worldwide due to road accidents. So, why aren’t we on high alert about this much more probable “clear and present danger” as well? My point here

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