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HR MATTERS Vol 9, Issue 9 - September 2012

I'm excited to announce my new company name, and to introduce you to some of the many changes you will be seeing over the next several months. My new company is called Matuson Consulting. The name change is to better reflect the work that I do, which is helping organizations achieve dramatic growth and market leadership. Please note, my email address will be changing as well, it will soon be Roberta@MatusonConsulting.com; though my current email address will still be able to receive emails, be on the look out for that change this month.

I'm stepping away from the tactical side of HR, and will be focusing on providing high levels of value to clients interested in maximizing talent. This includes strategy work, day-to-day consulting, keynote speeches, training, and executive and leadership coaching.

I'm excited about the direction of my new consulting practice, as I believe it's important to change with the times. The next decade and beyond will be challenging for many as we see a shift in the demographics in the workplace. Those who take steps today to prepare for these changes will be the ones who will thrive in the future. I look forward to working with you to prepare you for what we know is inevitable... change.


By Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Have you ever noticed how some people never change? They may have the same hairdo they had when they were sixteen, even though that style is no longer flattering. Or they continue to approach their businesses the same way, even though things haven't been working so well for a long time.

Fall is upon us, which is the perfect time to make changes that may be holding you back. Here are five simple and smart changes that can improve your business by year-end.

1. Identify what must be changed and why

Before actually making changes, jot down the objectives you are trying to achieve. Then work backwards. For example, suppose you've decided you want to move into a new market. What steps will you need to make this happen? What are you currently doing that should be eliminated? What type of people will you need to hire to create momentum in this new market?

Having a plan prior to moving forward can significantly reduce stress often associated with change. Asking "why" before taking action can decrease unnecessary moves and improve the likelihood of business success.

2. Release workers who are no longer working out

Let go of people who should have been released a long time ago. You know who these people are. They are the ones that you had second thoughts about after they were hired. These are the employees who may have shown moderate improvement. However, it's not been enough to place them in the ranks of those who are worth keeping.

Replace these people with the talent you need to run your company. Do it now and you are sure to see improvement in your business by year-end.

3. Review your compensation practices and make adjustments where necessary.

For many, it's been a long time since they've received a pay raise. The economy is showing signs of improvement. This means top employees will soon have many more employment choices than they currently may have.

Don't wait until someone comes and tells you they are leaving to consider adjusting their pay to a rate that reflects their contribution. If you don't make the proper adjustments now, you will be giving out substantial pay increases to keep people who never would have considered leaving had they felt fairly compensated.

4. Invest in the talent worth keeping

You say your people are your most important asset, yet you shy away from investing in them. Identify your strongest players and create a plan to build on their strengths.

Keep in mind that when it comes to employee development, one size does not fit all. Some people may do fine with online training, while others are better suited to classroom training. Then there are those who will realize huge surges in growth when given the opportunity to work with a coach who can help them quickly push through barriers that may be holding them back.

5. Take advantage of new business opportunities

This post-recession economy has created new opportunities for those businesses that are willing to make some changes in their model. Maybe you don't have room to expand your successful restaurant and you don't have the capital to open another location. Might you consider adding a food truck? This could provide you with the vehicle you need to expand your business.

Are you able to buy out a nervous competitor for a favorable price? Obtaining their customer list might be all that is necessary to grow your bottom line.

This is the time to make those changes you've been delaying. Be bold and prepare for success. 

© 2012 Matuson Consulting. All rights reserved.

Coming Soon: The Magnetic Workplace: How to Attract Top Talent that will Stick Around (Nicholas Brealey, 2013)

In case you missed the exciting news... I just signed my second book deal with Nicholas Brealey Publishing and will be writing The Magnetic Workplace: How to Attract Top Talent that Will Stick Around. The publication date is 2013. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

There has never been a better time to hire top talent, but employers are taking too long. Many are operating under the assumption that nothing has changed in the employment landscape. They are about to be trampled, as top talent has already started stampeding out the door. Like wildebeest crossing the plains, as soon as one begins the migration the rest will follow.
In a recent Manpower survey, a whopping 84% of workers said they were planning on searching for a new job. That's good news for companies seeking top talent and not such good news for those that are left with a mediocre workforce.

The Magnetic Workplace: How to Attract Top Talent That Will Stick Around will be the guide for employers looking to boost their gravitational pull. The book will present straightforward, easy-to-apply techniques to help leaders navigate through the challenges of attracting and keeping the talent needed to foster innovation and fuel growth that's out of this world.

Here's where I can use some help. I'm looking to interview leaders from organizations that have achieved this state of magnetism, without the deep pockets associated with such brand names as Google and Facebook. If you fit this bill or you know of someone who does, please send me a note at Roberta@yourhrexperts.com. You will receive a complimentary signed copy of The Magnetic Workplace if your company is featured in the book or if you are the referral source.

Of course you don't have to wait for the book to come out to benefit from my expertise. I help clients attract better quality candidates, reduce the cost of employee acquisition and make it easier for clients to attract passive job seekers. I also help organizations dramatically improve employee engagement and employee retention. If I can be of help to you, please don't hesitate to call me at 413-582-1840 or e-mail me at Roberta@yourhrexperts.com.

Warm regards,

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About Roberta Matuson

For more than 25 years, Roberta Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies and small to medium-size businesses create exceptional workplaces leading to extraordinary results. As a seasoned consultant, Roberta is considered a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty.

She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around and is a highly sought after speaker, consultant and executive coach.

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