California’s minimum wage expected to increase

On September 12, a bill that would increase California’s minimum wage passed the California Legislature and was sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. Governor Brown has expressed support for the bill, stating, “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.” Continue reading “California’s minimum wage expected to increase”

So I Hired a Vet! Now What?

“Today’s Veterans are the most highly trained, technically advanced warriors who have ever existed. They don’t just march and shoot. They’re leaders and problem solvers. They show up and they get the job done. They are more “Agile” than any people who sit in a classroom to learn to be “Agile.” They know more about “Lean” than any practitioners in the civilian world.” – Joy Montgomery

“Today’s Veterans are the most highly trained, technically advanced warriors who have ever existed. They don’t just march and shoot. They’re leaders and problem solvers. They show up and they get the job done. They are more “Agile” than any people who sit in a classroom to learn to be “Agile.” They know more about “Lean” than any practitioners in the civilian world.”   – Joy Montgomery

You want to hire Veterans, to show your appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families have made for our country. The difficulty starts with understanding the resume and continues with understanding how to work with the outstanding employee you just hired. You worry about the horror stories the news likes to parade in front of us daily. The same reasons that our WWII Veterans were called the Greatest Generation are present in today’s Veterans. Find out what their value is for you.

After attending this session, you will know:
•    what you need to know before you look at resumes.
•    what you need to know before you interview a Veteran.
•    what Veterans bring to the table.
•    what financial benefits there are for you when you hire Veterans.
•    how to talk to a Veteran.
•    how to work with a Veteran.
•    how to get the most out of the relationship with your Veteran employee.

 Joy Montgomery

Joy Montgomery
Joy Montgomery

Joy Montgomery, owner of Structural Integrity, is a consultant for small companies and start-ups. She helps small businesses and startups find and fix the gaps that cost time and money. If their entire operation is a gap, Joy can help with that, too. For the DAR, she is a Representative to the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services Advisory Committee. Joy also manages the Toastmasters District 57 Speakers Bureau and is the Executive Director for ReBoot Camp, an effort to help transitioning Veterans.

Joy’s presentation on improving profits with effective communication at an APICS International Conference in Orlando, Florida drew a standing room only audience. She has been a presenter for the Product Marketing Association, for the University of Idaho, for Project Hired, and for the United States Army Reserve. Joy is the author of Hand It to ’em on a Platter, The Job Search Roadmap (for Veterans) and numerous articles for entrepreneurs and job seekers on eZine.com.

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Caring Company, Better Benefits…

According to a survey by monster.com, would-be employees seek a caring company with better benefits and fulfilling work over salary.  The survey revealed that potential employees want to work for a company “that truly cares about the well-being of its employees.”  What’s important?  Survey respondents say:

  • 84% prefer a fulfilling, challenging position
  • 82% cited job security as very important
  • 74% opt for an attractive benefits package
  • A high-base salary received a lower ranking at 66%

The survey further indicated a strong connection for companies that care for the welfare of employees, providing monetary security beyond the paycheck.  82% of workers say that being offered financial protection benefits shows that a company cares about the well-being of its employees.

This CCCEAC HR update provided by Barbara Trumbly of Centricity Solutions, LLC