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You Don't Have It Worse Than Everyone Else


Author:   Glenn Shepard
Date:   June 10,  2014
Category:   Management




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Dear Glenn,


I have a lot of younger employees who like to listen to music while they work. I have no problem with listening to music, especially since we do data entry and it gets boring.

    But having ear buds in their ears makes it hard to communicate and I HATE having to tell people to take them out when I'm speaking to them. And BTW, I myself am 26.

    Is it reasonable to prohibit wearing ear buds at work?


- Amber in San Rafael, CA


Dear Amber,


Yes, Yes, and Yes. Your employees expect 100% of their pay, so it's not unreasonable to expect 100% of their undivided attention at work. The company buys their time from them.

     Thanks for your question.


- Glenn in Nashville, TN

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Everywhere I travel, I hear three complaints:


1. "We have the worst allergy problems in the country."


2. "We have the worst drivers."


3. "If you don't like the weather here, stick around for a day and it will change".


While it's harmless to believe you have worse drivers, allergies, or weather than other areas, the danger comes when this fatalistic way of thinking penetrates other areas of your life.


It's a form of "PMS" (Poor Me Syndrome), and can lead to self-sabotage.


The woman who lets herself believe "All the good men are taken" settles for a philandering, abusive loser.


The job applicant who starts to believe "All the good jobs are taken" remains perpetually unemployed or underemployed.


And it's no different for managers.


I've heard people who've attended my seminars from California to New York complain "It's so hard to find good people in my industry (or area), especially for the low wages we pay".


Once you start believing it's tougher for you than for other employers, you'll start to lower your standards.


It will then become a self-fulfilling prophecy as you start to slide down that slippery slope.


Eventually you'll start looking at sub-standard job applicants and thinking "This is as good as it's going to get, so I should quit holding out hope for anything better and settle for this guy".


A woman who attended my seminar in Nebraska (which has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country) said they were so desperate for employees that as long as someone can fog a mirror and pass drug and criminal background checks, they're as good as hired.


This problem is nothing new. It was described in the Bible over 2,000 years ago (Proverbs 26:10).


So how do businesses find good, high octane employees? It starts with hiring good, high octane leaders who know how to find, attract, and keep good people, and training them well.


And how does one do that? Stay tuned for more.




To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard




P.S. For those who think they could attract all the good people they need if they could pay more, look at places like Ohio and Michigan where thousands of blue collar jobs that pay $60,000 a year or more go unfilled every day. This is because of the "Skills Gap", and the fact that so many young people want to sit at a desk instead of working in factories, machine shops, etc. 




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