Time to Hire that Contract Worker

With the volatility of the economic climate in many industrialized counties including Canada, the USA and much of Europe the circumstances provide the perfect storm for the use of contractual consultants.

  1. Contract workers take the edge off of overwhelm due to overwork and or contraction.
  2. Contracts allow a business to keep its overhead manageable.
  3. Contracts with consultants add a different perspective to the workplace that in and of itself leads to positive change.
  4. Contract workers take the edge off of peak vacation periods and ensure that projects and or production stay on track saving costly financial overruns.

Contractors are a beneficial investment of time and resources especially in relation to the challenges of ongoing change.  The true value of a business is the people who work in it.  Shorter term contractors provide invaluable assistance in addressing current and future volatility.

Business Consultant Change & Transition , Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com.

Make Decisions from an Overwhelming Number of Choices

We are all faced with a seemingly endless array of choices in our day-to-day work and personal lives. Choice is touted a s a good thing. And in essence it is a good thing. However, when it comes to having more options than you can research and review in a timely fashion it turns into something that is less than stellar. When faced with too many options many of us tend to freeze and not make a choice. We simply do nothing.

To relieve the inertia of overwhelm when it comes to choosing what may be the best product or service for your business or personal use start to approach it from another point of view. Look at your options not from which is the best and a must have – but from the place of determining what will meet your needs. That entails leaving exceptionally high expectations out of the equation. In doing so you will likely find that your feelings of overwhelm and disappointment lessen.

Let me know your strategies for choosing from the vast array of choices we have in front of us today. I am genuinely interested.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Business Consultant – Change, info@effectiveplacement.com


Components of Integrity

In business having a reference document around integrity is valuable. For it to be fully utilized it must contain processes for managing conflict and diversity in a manner consistent with the values of the business.  For integrity to be present the employer and employees need to have a mutual basis of trusting and respecting one another while maintaining a healthy respect for diversity.

In the event the business you are in as an employer or an employee is not thriving it would be prudent to do a quick check as to what areas of the business are out of integrity or alignment with the stated values of the company.  It may be that a quick fix solution will put the process back on track.  It may mean designing a process to monitor and track day-to-day operations to identify areas where a lack of trust and respect have eroded and caused the current situation.  It may mean that the owners or executives need to set aside time to relearn or begin to value one another and allow for trust and respect to show-up in interacting with one another.

Integrity is a word that takes action, courage, and a willingness to change for it to be alive and well in a workplace.  As an employer, a leader, and an employee integrity requires trust and from trust comes commitment.  Ask yourself what you are doing in your workplace to promote trust and commitment.

Business Change and Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski – info@effectiveplacement.com


The heck with resolutions, intentions, and everything that goes with it. It is time for many of us to Try something differently and experiment with it to see if it works. It may not work. It is still a valuable opportunity to learn from and test the ideas that you have.

 Inspired to think differently, act differently, work differently, play differently – who knows what possibilities are out there from a place of embracing diverse thoughts and behaviours. It promises to be an interesting journey and I for one am ready to take it.

What about you? What is beckoning you?

Business Change Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com