Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Motivational Quote via SHRM

I read this today in the Linked In SHRM group email.

"The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says "LET'S GO!" - H. Gordon Selfridge (1857-1947)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Week of Cool Works Milestones

Three quarters of the time, there are only 365 dates in the year, and we've got to fit our lives' events onto just those dates.  This week has marked a few for our team, mostly personal events, but they all mingle within our mighty but wee team of five.

We lost a CW pup this week, Patty's dog, Indigo or Indy for short.  Indy was a fixture at the Web Shack for the last nine and a half years.  Patty made some statement this week about what that dog has seen happen in her life over those nine plus years, and how he was just there as a solid companion who didn't judge, but instead loved unconditionally.  Don't we all want friends like that!  Anyhow, rest in peace, Indy.  We will miss you!
Eric is celebrating his nineteenth wedding anniversary today.  Congrats to E and R!

Bill is in China this week with his wife, her twin, and their two nieces who were both born in China, and shortly thereafter, were adopted and came to the U.S.  Their stories are incredible, and now, approximately a decade and a half later, they have gone back to see where they came from.  I can only begin to imagine how emotional and powerful a trip like that must be for all of them, and we wish them well.

Kathi is playing / working in Colorado this week with her now fourteen year old pup, Pete the Wonderdog.

And, me, well I'm doing my thing up in Bellingham.  This week I recalled that it was eleven years ago that I moved from Gray Line of Alaska (Holland America) to Princess Tours (The Love Boat).  Now, these two companies operate as one called Holland America / Princess -  Alaska.  Time sure does fly.

I hope that whatever your milestones are this week, you can be thankful that they happened, and you are able to add some more to your personal history book.

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!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Saying No Matters

I just read this great post by Heather Bussing about telling candidates no.  From the article:

"No sucks. No dashes your fantasies. But No also lets you move on. No is what gets you to the company that says Yes."

Read the whole article here.