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Can you believe the first month of the year is already behind us? This year will be unlike any other, given record levels of unemployment (2.8 percent in my hometown of Boston) and a new president who appears to be anything but predictable.

To thrive, you’ll need to quickly fill jobs with people who can pivot at a moment’s notice. You’ll also need magnetic leaders who can align their teams behind the mission and goals of your organization.

Happy to provide you with a complimentary 30-minute call to discuss business issues that are top of mind for you. Reach out to me at Roberta@matusonconsulting.com to schedule a time to speak.


How I Became an Expert on Sex in the Workplace, Courtesy of Bill O’Reilly

I didn't set out to be an expert on sex in the workplace. It happened by circumstance.

In early 2004, I was invited to appear on The O’Reilly Factor, which airs on the Fox News station. The topic was sex in the office. Bill asked for my opinion as to whether or not I thought sex was happening in the office during work hours, as well as after hours. We also discussed sexual harassment in the workplace. What I didn’t know, at the time, was that the producer, who brought me on the show, was allegedly being harassed by Mr. O’Reilly.

Fast forward six months later, and Bill’s producer, Andrea Mackris, was accusing him of sexual harassment. Obviously, Bill didn’t listen to what I had to say. We never really learned if Bill was guilty or innocent, as he settled with Ms. Mackris for what is rumored to be a number well into the millions.

As the years have gone by, I've been called upon for comment when another story on sexual harassment breaks. I have no doubt today will be no exception, as the New York Times just released the following breaking news: "Fox News Settled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O'Reilly, Documents Show."
The story about sexual harassment that former Fox employee Julie Huddy tells about her experience with Bill O'Reilly is remarkably similar to the accusations Mackris made in 2004. The fact that Fox news has turned an eye away from O'Reilly and permitted this behavior to continue is disheartening to me.

Fox isn't the only workplace where sexual harassment is taking place. Sexual harassment is prevalent in workplaces across America. Cosmopolitan conducted a survey in 2015 of 2,235 full-time and part-time female employees and found that one out of three female employees has experienced sexual harassment at some point in their work lives.

I've conducted enough sexual harassment investigations to see first hand the damage that occurs when someone is sexually harassed in the workplace. And if you think there is no such thing as same-sex harassment, think again. Same-sex harassment is equally as cruel and damaging.

My goal is to see my role, as an expert on sex in the workplace, become extinct. It's my hope that in my teenage son and teenage daughter's lifetime, they and their colleagues will be free to come to work everyday without having to worry about someone sexually harassing them in the workplace. This will only happen if companies take a bold stand and have a zero tolerance policy on harassment for all.

Can Mid-Market Companies Compete With the Big Guys for Talent? You Betcha!

A CEO of a mid-market company recently asked me if I thought mid-market companies could compete with large organizations for talent. My answer was, “Absolutely!” It’s not about the budget! It’s about speed. Here’s an example of what I mean.

Our eighteen-year-old son has made numerous attempts to get someone at Eately, a cool supermarket that’s just come to town, to call him back for an interview. The company currently has hundreds of job openings at their Boston store and even with an employee referral, he can’t get through.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, he’s applied for a job as a summer camp counselor. Within 24 hours of doing so, he’s heard back from the camp and has already had two interviews. I guarantee you Eately has greater resources than this camp, yet from where I sit, this camp will be his first choice, should Eately ever get around to interviewing him and making him an offer.

Here’s my advice to those of you working in mid-market companies and small businesses. Stop worrying about your larger competitors. Use your size to your advantage. Be nimble. Move quickly. Transform your hiring managers into talent magnets and let them loose!

Get your free executive briefing on Poaching Talent.

Talent Magnetism: Turn Your Team Into a Recruiting Machine-New Offering!

How much time and money would you be willing to invest to accelerate your ability to hire talented employees, while also avoiding paying hefty third-party recruitment fees? One of my clients turned their team into a recruitment machine and is saving over a million dollars a year! (And no, that’s not a misprint.)

For a limited time only, I’m offering a three-hour session for executives and hiring managers to help ensure they have the talent they need for a profitable 2017. This isn’t one of those sessions where you are trapped in a room for the day, with a speaker who never seems to stop talking. This will be a fast-paced highly interactive session, at your place of business, where participants will walk away with a ton of ideas they implement immediately. I’ll be teaching leaders and their recruiting team how to rapidly hire talent and safeguard the talent they have and for the first time ever, I’ll also be showing them how to poach talent

My best clients are already looking to secure dates in February to ensure they are fully staffed by the end of Q1. However, a few dates in February as well as March are still available. Reach out to me to discuss the details and let’s get a date on the calendar.

Rules of Attraction: Your Monthly Tip on Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Employees should be rewarded on results. It’s nice that you have an employee who is trying really hard. However, if the employee isn’t able to deliver the results, then I see no reason you should deliver the reward.

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