Friday, July 13, 2012

High Five "Friday the 13th" of July, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!  Anyone have issues with paraskavedekatriaphobia, friggatriskaidekaphobia, or Triskaidekaphobia?  If so, you're not alone.   According to this site, 2012 is a special year for them having three all 13 weeks apart.  Ooh, scary. ;-)

This week we hosted our fourth annual Cool Works 24/7-11 event hoping to get images and blog posts from around the U.S. in national parks and the like.  Stories are slowly coming in which means that the employers out there are keeping our tribe busy.  We always like to hear how things are going "out there" and this event allows us a sneak peek into our job seekers' worlds.

July tends to be a month where the cream of the crop rises to the top in terms of your employee pool.  It's also a time where if things haven't gone as smoothly, or they're getting tired from the grind, employees may seek other employment or just go home.  We always hope that each person has a good experience, but know that it's not always the case.  Proper expectations being set at the get go and supportive management once on site help alleviate some of that stress. 

Help your employees get over the July hump by being appreciative of them being there. 
  • Do some fun recognition activities - BBQs, movie nights, tours, trips to town, etc.
  • Give them a day off.  
  • Buy them an ice cream cone.
  • Tell them you're glad that they're there!
If you have had some turnover, please note that there are job seekers still looking for the summer of 2012.  And, if you need help finding them, our 7 day Help Wanted Now ad works great.  You can register or post a job here

If you're beginning to think about posting your fall or winter jobs, please do get in touch - 406-848-1195 - and we'll set you up for a successful hiring season.  July and August are a great time to start planning how many employees you'll need for the next season, and as always, the early employer gets the great staff.

I've personally been busy plotting my road trip in August that will include visits to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger National Forest, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park, Mono Lake, Yosemite National Park and maybe Redwoods National Park.  To say I'm excited is an understatement.  If you are working in one of those parks or want to coordinate with me on a meetup, please send me a note at kari at  I have posted a few meetups on our social network (links below) and hope to meet as many folks as I can.

Cool Works Meetup - Yellowstone / Grand Teton National Parks
Cool Works Meetup - Mesa Verde National Park
Cool Works Meetup - Lake Powell and Zion National Park

That's all from us at Cool Works.  Enjoy the weekend and may everyone have a safe Friday the 13th!

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