January 15, 2007 Vol. 6 No. 1

Our Motivation Filters In Action (or Reaction)
by Barbara Metzger

So has this weather storm driven you crazy or was it a welcome home time? This could depend on your motivating filters. Let me give you an example of how filters can affect the way we look at this weather and the world.

The high theoreticals may look at this time off as a great time to read, watch the learning channel or catch up on some writing. These are the curious folks. They just want to know. And they make decisions based on the facts. So, before they venture out (depends on the behavioral style if they are risk takers), they will have learned as much as possible about the weather.

However, the high utilitarians are probably the most frustrated unless they have a home office. These are the impatient people that need their days to feel productive. It may be difficult for them to just relax. If they have work at home, it will be welcomed. The longer the days seem because they can’t accomplish what they wanted, the more irritable they may become. Just find them something to do. No matter what they do, they will be wondering later why they didn’t do more.

The high aesthetics are looking out the window and enjoying the beauty of it all. You might be hearing or seeing this type of behavior from them: “Hey, let’s go take some pictures.” Inside? “Let’s play some music and enjoy the day.” Since they hate conflict, if someone else in the household is upset with the weather or each other, it will really bother them.

The high social may be concerned about the people not able to cope with the cold weather. They may be wondering what is being done to take care of the poor or others that may not be able to keep warm enough. They may also be really glad to have the family time and want things to go as smoothly as possible.

The high individualistic is about power. If they think of money as power and they can’t be productive, it will lead them to be really frustrated. The lack of control over their own schedule will also irritate them and they may be more inclined to go out in the weather to gain some control back.

The high traditional may take advantage of time to organize something at home. After all, a place for everything and everything in its place is a common theme for them. Because they view the world with mostly a right/wrong viewpoint, they may be more opinionated on rather to get out in the weather or not. And since their way is the right way, I would suggest just not trying to change their minds.

How people carry out their motivations will depend on their behavioral styles and other factors such as competitiveness, etc. This was just a little way to show how our motivation filters affect the way we react to the world….and the weather.

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2007: Tipping Point in the War for Talent
by Dr. Ira Wolfe

If coach migration in the NFL and NCAA is a predictor of things to come in the workplace, U.S. employers are in big trouble.

With only a few days into the new year, Nick Saban left the Miami Dolphins to coach college ball at Alabama. Then Bobby Petrino resigned as head coach at Louisville University to fill the recently vacated head coach position of the Atlanta Falcons.

The firing and hiring of professional coaches is nothing new. What makes these career moves, and several like them, a wake up call for employers is the free agency attitudes of top talents, the likes of Saban and Petrino. If these attitudes are a symptom of the widening skills shortages, and not the exception, the threats about an impending Perfect Labor Storm are turning rapidly into worst-case realities.

Just a few months ago, Petrino signed a 10-year, $25 million contract. Petrino had previously interviewed with Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame and the Oakland Raiders, but announced in August that he would be at Louisville for the long haul. Five months later he resigned.

Boston College coach Tom O'Brien said, "I'm not a candidate for any job." The next day, word leaked out he was bound for North Carolina State.

Dennis Erickson, who has coached seven teams since 1982, signed a five-year contract with Idaho and said it would be his last stop. He lasted 10 months and one day before moving on to Arizona State in December.

The most publicized job-hop, however, goes to Nick Saban. According to an AP article, "Nick Saban will be remembered in South Florida as a first-class fibber." Saban misled his boss, players and fans, leaving the Miami Dolphins for Alabama when he said he wouldn't. He preached loyalty and perseverance, then quit. To compound the crime, he told his players and owner Wayne Huizenga he was staying in Miami, and said two weeks ago, "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

But just a few days after the end of his season, Saban resigned.

The year 2007 may be the tipping point in the war for talent. A majority of employed U.S. working adults are open to changing jobs in 2007, according to a recent Yahoo! HotJobs survey. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said they would consider new job opportunities in 2007.

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Perfect Labor Storm Alerts #608 to #610

Fact #608: According to the Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer Sponsored Health Benefits 2005, incppreasing health care costs for single and family coverage translates into this: a typical employer with 1,000 employees can expect an increase of as mush as $250,000 annually if the average age of its popluation increases by just one year. (Source: The Aging of the U.S. Workforce: Employer Challenges and Responses, January 2006, Ernst & Young)

Fact #609: The percentage of U.S. employers providing some type of elder-care assistance soared from 20 percent in 1993 to 50 percent in 2004. (Source: Hewitt Associates)

Fact #610: Sixty-two percent of U.S. caregivers report making adjustments to their work life, including going in late, leaving work early or taking time off during the day. Of those surveyed, 17 percent take a leave of absence, 10 percent switch from full-time to part-time work, and 6 percent quit altogether. (Source: AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving, 2004)

The featured article and labor storm facts are written by Ira S. Wolfe, founder of Success Performance Solutions, and is distributed here by MaxImize with permission.