June 20th, 2011
What do you think will be the biggest challenges facing HR during the next decade?
This is one of the questions posed in a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management titled “Challenges Facing Organizations and HR in the Next 10 Years.” The survey responses, gathered from 449 HR professionals, show that:
Getting and Making the Most of Human Capital is a Key Priority
- Nearly half of the respondents (47 percent) cite obtaining human capital and optimizing human capital investments as the top investment challenge for businesses over the next 10 years.
- 29 percent of the respondents list obtaining financial capital and optimizing financial capital investments as the top challenge.
- Obtaining intellectual capital and optimizing intellectual capital investments comes in third at 12 percent.
To Attract, Retain and Reward the Best Talent, Organizations Should:
- Allow flexible work arrangements. According to 58 percent of HR managers surveyed, providing flexibility for employees to balance their life and work responsibilities is the most effective way to attract, reward and retain top performers.
- Cultivate a culture of trust and fairness. 47 percent of respondents say that creating an organizational culture where trust, open communications and fairness are emphasized and demonstrated by leaders is a key priority.
- Provide meaningful work opportunities. 40 percent of HR managers say that designing jobs to provide employees with meaningful work that has a clear purpose in meeting the organization’s objectives optimizes the organization’s ability to engage and keep top talent.
- Demonstrate a commitment to employee development (29 percent).
- Offer a higher total compensation and benefits package than organizations that compete for the same talent (23 percent).
While these survey results aren’t earth-shaking, they do serve to underscore an important point. As businesses like your food & beverage organization emerge from the recession, they should get ready to compete for talent.
Kinsa Group can help you prepare. We’ll develop and execute a proactive strategy to recruit the top professionals and senior-to-executive level management candidates – from warehouse and supply chain managers to C-suite executives – you need to succeed. Contact Kinsa today to learn more about our recruiting and assessment services for food & beverage organizations.
January 17th, 2011
Let’s be honest – finding the right food & beverage management or executive opportunity is hard work.
Today’s food & beverage job hunt is about more than just posting résumés and calling a few professional contacts. Finding the right opportunity involves a combination of online brand building, working closely with specialized professional recruiters, networking with second and third generation decision makers, and good old-fashioned hard work.
But like most things in life, the more time and effort you put into your job search, the greater your chances of success. So as you start the New Year, get organized, get down to business and make finding a job a full-time job:
- Determine what type of job you really need to continue your career development and set some short- and long-term goals to get you where you want to be. Let these goals drive a prioritized to-do list, broken into manageable, productive job-search tasks. You’ll be much less vulnerable to distractions if you stick to this list and track goal attainment.
- Devote time to job-search activities in proportion to their importance. Blanketing food & beverage companies with digital résumés rarely produces results proportionate to the effort expended – so manage time spent on this activity carefully. While it may be easier than interviewing with a food & beverage recruiter, or face-to-face networking, it’s not the most productive use of your time.
- Establish a daily routine that simulates a work day. Get up early, exercise (if that’s your routine), shower and get dressed. You don’t need to don a suit, but dress nicely enough to make yourself feel both positive and productive. Take a look at your prioritized to-do list, establish a game plan for the day and tackle your highest priority tasks first. Before you end your job-hunting day, plan out the next.
- Schedule informational interviews. While they may not lead to immediate job offers, this low-stress form of networking can be a high-yield career networking tool.
- Work with the Kinsa Group, national food and beverage industry recruiting specialists. When you work with Kinsa, you have access to opportunities with leading food & beverage employers nationwide – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. If you haven’t already registered with us, you can get started right now. And if you are currently registered, remember these quick tips to maximize the value we provide:
Send your updated résumé to Kinsa. Have you gained new skills, experience or responsibilities since you first sent us your résumé? If so, please let us know so that we can update your profile and consider you for additional opportunities.
Check out our HOT Jobs. These are open food and beverage jobs for which Kinsa Group is actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now.
Search all of Kinsa’s open jobs periodically. Set-up a regular reminder in Outlook, on your Blackberry, or in any other scheduling software you use. We receive new openings daily and update our job board frequently.
Make sure you’re receiving Kinsa Group’s e-mail alerts. To be sure you receive timely alerts about suitable positions, make sure that our e-mails aren’t going to your Spam folder.
October 25th, 2010
Food safety is everyone’s responsibility.
And according to a recent telephone survey by the not-for-profit health and safety group NSF International, many American consumers could benefit from some additional education on the subject.
Here are a few key findings from the survey, which was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents:
- In general, people are doing either too much or too little when it comes to safe food handling and preparation. For example, 78% of respondents knew the right way to safely defrost meat and poultry, while only 20% bother to use a meat thermometer to verify adequate cooking temperatures.
- A full 90% of consumers wash their hands after handling raw meat or poultry, but roughly 20% aren’t using soap and warm water – the most effective combination – to do so.
- Few respondents (31%) are aware that they can safely refreeze foods that were thawed in the refrigerator.
- Over half (60%) of consumers surveyed consistently re-wash pre-packaged fruits and vegetables – even produce that is in a sealed container and labeled as prewashed.
- Food safety habits vary significantly among income levels, education levels and age groups.
Why? According to Cheryl Luptowski, Home Safety Expert for NSF International, “Many of the food safety practices we learn at home when we’re young are carried with us through life and passed to the next generation.” Luptowski further states, “Learning, understanding and changing food safety behavior through simple everyday practices will make a substantial difference in reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in America.”
Want to learn more?
Follow this link for more food safety survey results, as well as NSF International’s recommendations for basic food safety practices.
The Kinsa Group: In Step with Food & Beverage Issues and Trends
As leading recruiters for the food and beverage industry, the Kinsa Group stays on top of issues, like food safety, that impact your business. Contact us today to learn how we can deliver the highly qualified professional and senior- to executive-level management candidates through our unique food & beverage recruiting process.
September 13th, 2010
Feeling a little overworked?
While some would say that “too much to do” is merely a sign of job security in today’s economy, it won’t do you any good if you can’t cope with the stress. Sure, everyone is trying to do more with less these days. But over time, being chronically stretched too thin can take a toll on your job performance, state of mind and physical health.
So if you feel like the pressure is too much to bear, here is some advice on effectively broaching the tricky subject of job burnout:
- Make sure you’re not part of the problem. If you procrastinate or have other bad work habits, your boss may not be sympathetic to your plight. So before you go pointing fingers, examine your own performance to see if you could make changes that would improve your situation.
- Do your homework. Before approaching your boss, document your situation in writing. Detail what your job entailed originally and contrast it with what you’re doing now. Track the hours you work (both at your company and home). Preparing yourself with these details will provide a clear picture of your workload and keep you from sounding like a complainer.
- Broach the subject gradually. Your concerns will be better received if you introduce the topic of feeling overburdened as part of a series of discussions with your boss. Keep him or her informed of your current responsibilities as well as additional work requests. Once your boss understands what’s truly on your plate, he or she will be less likely to add more.
- Enlist the help of others. If co-workers are also feeling the pressure, approach your boss as part of a team. Develop and present a plan to remedy the situation by: bringing in contract employees or increasing headcount; reorganizing responsibilities; delegating outside your department; streamlining processes. Offering well thought-out solutions may help you gain your boss’ support in alleviating the problem.
Flexible Workforce Solutions by Kinsa Group
If you need to alleviate job burnout, cover unique staffing challenges, meet interim staffing requirements between permanent hires, or staff long or short-term projects, Kinsa provides access to talented food and beverage industry professionals on a contract basis. Contact us today to learn more.