Assets of Contract Workers during Periods of Volatility

Many business leaders are grappling with the volatility that suggests a growing condition for the foreseeable future. As the trend grows it brings with it the unknown and uncertainty. Contractors are an asset in that they have a fresh perspective, are not tied to a particular outcome, and have the skills necessary to turn a strained or conflicted situation into an operational success.

Fresh Perspective – A contract person has fewer inhibitions and is more likely to propose a series of solutions that are outside of the past business behavior.

Focusing on an Outcome that Delivers – The contractor is focused on having processes being delivered consistently.

Addressing Strain and Conflict – From an outsider perceptive conflict and strain are easily identifiable.  Once identified working solutions can be implemented in relatively short order. 

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.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

“Blue” Monday Turns into a “Blue” Week

Many HR professionals describe the 3rd Monday in January as the gloomiest day of the year.  The January slump seems to be in place and it takes more than a day to get over it.  Typically productivity in most office situations slows down in December.  That tends to run over into January. Top that with WFH strategies and increasing feelings of isolation and anxiety by employees – the time to ensure a proactive approach to counteract this Blue Monday is now.

Provide a psychological boost for employees check and have face time with all people that you manage.  Schedule it in now and start connecting today. Implement wholistic wellbeing programs to counteract feelings of anxiety, loneliness, depression, and isolation.

Clearly it is a matter of taking a different approach from the usual day-to-day operations.  What have you tried in your business that has worked?

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

Are you Helping Your Employees WFH?

Following are some key suggestions to provide the best possible assistance to those employees that are WFH:

  • Have an EAP service in place as the overall picture for employees experiencing stress and financial hardship continues to rise.
  • Appreciate and thank your employees frequently and reach out to touch base with each individual consistently.
  • Give up trying to micromanage – it is destructive to you and the employee.
  • Another aspect to give up is putting a positive spin on the current situation and circumstance. Allow your employees to vent safely – build the trust factor with each person.

What other strategies have you utilized to assist those employees that are WFH?

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

7 Leadership Qualities – Which Ones are your Strong Suits?

Top 7 qualities of those on the cutting edge of leadership in business that come to mind are:

  • Confidence – You need confidence meaning that you give off a vibe of assured expectation, and self-reliance as you are in a position of having to make crucial decisions that will likely be far from popular.  Belief in yourself and the outcome you are creating is essential to leadership.
  • Transparency – Engaging people requires that you make visible all of the parts of the process being undertaken.  Leaving parts out of the equation does not serve the longer-term process and costs you as a leader in terms of trust.  It may also diminish your value in the eyes of the people you are leading.
  • Integrity – The people that work for you and with you have a good sense of who you are and of the core characteristics you possess.  A lack of considering the wholeness or soundness of your decisions puts you in danger of not having integrity.  Take the time to consult with others that work for you before making a decision.  Being unpopular is something you are able to recover from.  Being known as lacking in integrity may not be.
  • Inspiration – Inspiring those around requires that you yourself be inspired by the work you are engaged in.  As a leader it is incumbent that you inspire those around you by your words and actions.  By being inspired you set the tone for others to be open to inspiration. That may lead to potential new ways of looking at or doing things.
  • Passion – The drive to see a project or initiative through to completion needs to be filled with that strong enthusiasm known as passion to get through it.  As with any process there are delays, communication mishaps, and missed steps that require correction.  Passion adds the fuel to correct the mishaps and achieve the desired completion.
  • Innovation – Looking at the big picture and seeing it from a different perspective is the hallmark of innovation.  As a leader you have the ability to change the scope and direction of the work you are involved with by taking a different point of view and implementing changes that enhance the product or service delivery.
  • Patience – Calm self-possession while unfolding a project or initiative is essential.  A lack of patience usually sets a whole gamut of factors into play that cause unnecessary upheaval and delay.  Having patience and generating excitement are necessary to having a relatively calm process.  Every leader knows that high drama is disruptive and unnecessary.  As a leader being calm and displaying patience is truly a virtue.

Which of the above leadership qualities do you possess?  My wheelhouse needs support in the innovation and patience areas.  The good news is that as a leader I am a work in progress and with each project I have the opportunity to hone and improve my skillset.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,