Deloitte Survey: What Millenials Want In 2017 Feb09

Deloitte Survey: What Millenials Want In 2017

Major studies revealing trends in the workplace can help us all be better leaders. That’s why we get excited when Deloitte releases its annual survey on millennials – the aggregation of nearly 8,000 interviews of millennials employed full-time in 30 countries worldwide. While most of us lack the resources, time and commitment to gather this kind of info, the results are worth pouring over – especially if retaining and motivating staff is on your radar. Here are our key learnings on what Millennials want from their workplace and how to keep them engaged and empowered:   Millennials are frightened but not idle. In 2016, Deloitte reported an alarming “loyalty gap” amongst 18-to-34-year-olds. The 2017 antidote? An increasingly unstable world. Yes, the current climate of divisive politics and looming threats have found millennials more inclined (by ten whole percentage points) to stay put. They’re shaken, but not ide. Millennials feel accountable and want to contribute to good causes – and they think their workplaces are a great place to start. When offered the chance to get involved in community groups or non-profits, millennials feel influential and empowered, which in turn translates into loyalty. Without purpose, only one out of five report being satisfied at work. The more we work together, the happier millennials will be High personal accountability paired with a “liberal/relaxed” management structure is the preferred environment for 76% of millennials.   When it comes to coaching, they want to hear “plain, straight-talking language.” They welcome passionate opinions but cringe when business leaders take controversial or divisive positions that drive wedges. “Collaborative,” “consensual,” “inclusive” are the kind of words Millennials want to use when describing your 9 am scrum, all-hands or strategic planning. And they’re even ready and willing to mentor the up-and-coming Gen Y’ers...

LeaderLounge™: To Sell Is Human

Our first LeaderLounge™ is only a few weeks away (cue fanfare and trumpets). We are launching the series with a bang, bringing in the big guns: my talented colleagues Keith Bradley, Sales Recruitment Consultant, and Matthew Campbell, Recruitment Consultant for the Albertas. These recruiting pros with sales and marketing roots are leading the first ‘Leaders are Readers™’ session on “To Sell is Human” by Daniel Pink. Award-winning digital media executive, Tom Gierasimczuk, General Manager + Publisher at TC Media will also be on hand to share his insights on sales in the publishing world. If you have ever had the opportunity to see Tom speak you know you are in for some great insights and applications (with possibly a dose of sass here or there). Pink’s ‘To Sell is Human’ raises compelling points around connection and sales – the internet, in fact, has not killed sales jobs. In reality, the total number of sales jobs has increased since 2000. In Canada alone 25% of the workforce is in “sales and service occupations,” and around the world the average is 1 in 8. It’s simply the sales model that has changed. What is the Leaders are Readers™ series you ask? (If you don’t know at this point you should probably A) Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and B) check out our LeaderLounge™ introduction post.) In a nutshell, the workshops allow you to experience all the benefits of reading a top-ranked business book without having to do so. Our team prepares an in-depth presentation of a best-selling book and walks through key themes, learnings, insights, and applications. We also invite industry leaders to drive things home with a case study. It is a high-speed book study, perfect for busy marketing, sales and communications professionals. Not only will you learn...

Tips and Tricks for Skype Interviews Mar26

Tips and Tricks for Skype Interviews

As recruiters, we Skype on the daily and we’ve encountered the best of the best and, unfortunately, the worst of the worst. Since everything comes with its learning curves, we thought we’d share our accumulated insights about Skype do’s and don’ts. The overarching theme is simple: act as if the interview is the same as a face-to-face meeting. Would you shave for an in-person interview? Then please, get rid of your 5 o’clock shadow for your Skype interview. Would you wear a button-up shirt with PJ bottoms to an in-person interview? Then please, wear a complete outfit and don’t just dress up your upper half. (Besides, you never know when you need to stand up to go grab something during a Skype interview…). Based on Smart Savvy’s collective years of experience, here are our recruiter’s tips for that upcoming Skype or Facetime interview you have and want to ace. 1. No Narcissism Just kidding – but really, don’t stare at yourself the whole interview. We know Skype offers that lovely little “picture in picture” screen that shows yourself and severely heightens your sense of self-awareness, but do your best to ignore it. Our Comms/PR guru Marina Guy even suggests covering the screen of yourself with a post-it note so you can instead focus on staring into the camera and at the screen of the other person. Focus on the recruiter and maintain good eye contact, which will also limit other bad habits we’ve seen, such as constantly fixing your hair. 2. Build a Frame Once a recruiter can see your dirty laundry basket, that is the only thing they’re going to see the entire time. If you think a bedroom with open doors to your wardrobe or a psychedelic painting in the background is a good idea, think again. In the case of a background...

Smart Savvy’s Picks For 2014’s Top Marketing Campaigns

At Smart, Savvy we are a team of many talents. Not only can we zero in on top marketing, communications, and sales talent, we also know a good marketing campaign when we see one. After much debate and many hours of TV watching, here are our favourite Canadian marketing campaigns from 2014: Smart Savvy Founder, Peter Reek love, love, LOVES President’s Choice. Peter is the host with the most and knows when the good food is gone, the party is over. Luckily President’s Choice has him covered and they also know how to present their products in a way that sets them apart from their competitors. Here are a couple of our President’s favourite President’s campaigns: Food is Colourful Enough campaign. This campaign, stitched together by Toronto’s own John St., highlights PC’s move to rid their entire menu of artificial colours and flavours. Their palate has gone back to the “nature knows best” rationale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBgeUdGQN0A PC’s Discovery Campaign. Who thought moldy cheese, mushrooms, and honey would be a tasty combination? PC is always on the hunt for innovative, delicious foods, catering to both foodies and health conscious audiences. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiRmZqdm2jc We weren’t surprised by our Alberta recruitment consultant’s choice. Matthew Campbell always has a smile on his face so of course he would be a fan of a fun, light-hearted Return It campaign from Encorp Pacific. Those guys are cute, but they mean business if you don’t recycle your Pepsi Zero can! Our research manager, Rose Atkinson knows how to hunt out the latest local news and new biz leads for our recruiters and she knows a strong marketing campaign that sends a clear message. To launch its holiday cups which feature festive sweater designs, Tim Hortons asked Canadians to share their good deeds on social media. Each time...

#StandApart: Serda Evren, VP Corporate Comm + Philanthropy, MasterCard

Communications leader by day, Dear Abby by night. Serda Evren, VP of Corporate Communications and Philanthropy at MasterCard Canada is tasked with creating, protecting, managing, mitigating, building and telling stories about MasterCard, but her hidden talent adored by her colleagues, friends and family: exceptional giver of unsolicited advice. Maybe this is the result of her time spent in the US capital honing political communications or navigating the challenging waters of Canadian telecom PR? One thing is for sure – Serda has the special sauce to drive communications and lead high performing teams. Lucky for us, Serda has shared her tips for success. Practice Makes Perfect Serda began her career in the heart of the political scene: jumping from Queen’s Park to immersing herself in a Master’s Program in Washington, D.C and studying Political Psychology in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial. She then transitioned from politics to PR, working at Rogers, and is now mastering the payment tech scene at “not your grandfather’s plastic anymore”—MasterCard. “Building a career isn’t a straight line,” Serda explains. “It should be about curves, ups and downs, sharp edges. That’s how you figure out what brings you satisfaction and gets you out of bed every morning.” And now, what gets her out of bed every morning? The opportunity to work with wonderful people who are always willing to listen, help and support her and she is able to do the same for them. Know Thyself Serda’s number one rule for being #StandApart is easy – being real and walking into work day-in and day-out with a sense of authenticity and sincerity. “People who #StandApart to me are those who are true to themselves—or if we can use the buzzword of the year ‘authentic’—they admit to their weakness and own their...

Giving Back This Holiday Season

As marketers, communicators and sales pros across Canada wrap up their work for 2014, set up their out of office replies and change their voicemail, we wanted to take a moment to feature some of our favourite companies and how they are giving back this holiday season. Communica Public Affairs Communica is making donations to charitable agencies in Calgary and Vancouver, and directly helping to provide some holiday presents, food and good cheer to others in our communities. In Calgary, Communica is again working with the CUPS Adopt a Family team to bring Christmas to two families. We have provided funds for CUPS to provide Christmas gifts, grocery gift cards and a cash donation for a family of four as well as a single-parent family of eight. In Vancouver, Communica staff are sponsoring a family of two – a mother and son – through the YWCA. That sponsorship also includes Christmas gifts and a grocery store gift card. We at Communica are pleased to be able to share our good fortune with others, and that is particularly true at this special time of year. Happy Holidays everyone! Teekay Corporation At Teekay, we support various community initiatives that are close to our heart: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Variety – The Children’s Charity, Junior Achievement of BC, Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Free the Children, to name just a few. However, around Christmas, the focus turns to some sparkle! We sponsored a tree at the BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, giving back to the local community in support of children’s health. Last year $148,000 was raised from this event alone from all sponsors. The Teekay team decorated a beautiful Frozen tree (what kid doesn’t love Frozen?) The tree lighting ceremony is...

Is It Time to Fire Your Boss? Dec05

Is It Time to Fire Your Boss?

Do you have a boss that’s never present—a vacant chair (physically and metaphorically) that’s unavailable to answer questions, share advice, and doesn’t pick up their phone when it rings? Or, possibly worse, do you have a boss that’s always present—unnecessarily inserting themselves in situations, breathing down your neck, and never empowering team members to discover success on their own? Last week we introduced media guru Tom Giersimczuk’s novel adage “would you hire your own boss?” The answer is (unfortunately) not always yes, and it could be for a number of reasons. We do a lot of interviewing and we hear about a number of Horrible Bosses.  In this second blog series, we’ve combined Tom’s insights with some of our own to share 10 signs that you should consider firing your boss: Ursula Un-Present Do you walk by your boss’s office ten times a day trying to catch them between meetings to get approval on a project? Do they blow off your weekly check-ins week after week? Do you send emails with no response? “Ursula – you’re fired.” Peter Platitudes Does your boss act like there is an “I” in team? Do they take credit for your work, undervalue your contributions or steal your opportunities to lead projects? “Pack your things, Peter.” Stacy Status-Quo You know that leader that is either not physically or mentally present? While they are hanging out keeping a seat warm, you struggle to push through new initiatives. Their go to answer is “this is how we have always done it” which can be extremely frustrating.  “We’re terminating your position, Stacy.” Alex Always-Working Do you receive calls from your boss before your morning Nepresso? Or does your boss send through last-minute requests when you are cuddled up with a glass of...

Team Smart, Savvy Supports Giving Tuesday – Join Us! Dec02

Team Smart, Savvy Supports Giving Tuesday – Join Us!

  Today is Giving Tuesday and Smart, Savvy joined the movement! Smart, Savvy gave team members each $25 to support their favourite charity using the Chimp giving platform. Giving Tuesday is a new movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to support their favourite charities. Team Smart, Savvy shared why they choose to donate to their charity: “I chose to support Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth. They provide much needed shelter to vulnerable young people and work closely with residents to transition away from life on the streets.” – Peter Reek, @peterreek. “I donated to BC Children’s Hospital. We have been very blessed with two kids who have NOT had to go there; I want to support the families that are not so lucky.” –  Jaylene Crick, @smavvyjay “The charity I supported is the branch of UNICEF that works directly with Syrian children and refugees. The Syrian conflict is increasingly complex and fragmented, and with that comes an increasingly daunting feeling of hopelessness. I think one of the steps towards resolution and peace is the treatment of refugees and children. How displaced peoples are treated now will influence how the region will be in the future. Because Syrian refugees deserve peace, endless awards for their courage, and a good Christmas, I’ve chosen UNICEF this year and will continue to in the future.” – Lindsay Dykman, @smavvylinds “I donated to the Union Gospel Mission, they feed the residents of the East Side of Vancouver. I know how much a good meal can mean to someone and what a difference kindness can be to those who often are far from it.” – Keith...

#StandApart Profile: Ben Smith, VP Sales +Marketing, Rennie Marketing Systems

Ben’s home in Whistler is long gone from his rear-view mirror before half of Vancouverites have even opened their eyes to the morning rain (it is November in Vancouver, after all). While Vancouver sleeps, Ben is plowing through his to-do list—undoubtedly part of the reason why he’s one of the most well-known real estate sales and marketing gurus in BC. Ben leads marketing and sales for Rennie Marketing Systems – North America’s leading real estate marketing organization, known around the world for developments like the Olympic Village and Woodward’s. Throughout his career Ben has seamlessly jumped up the corporate ladder from consultant, to director agency side, to real estate marketing and sales frontrunner. Ben has proven himself a strategic sales and marketing leader. Don’t let marketing and sales innovation fool you. Ben is the Chuck Norris of time management and always makes time for his #1 priority; his family (wife and four children), and his passions; skateboarding and snowboarding. How does this #standapart sales and marketing executive and family man do it all? Learn his story and his secrets – here is Ben’s #standapart profile. Describe your current role in 140 characters or less… I lead a team of people who market and sell multifamily residential communities. One word that best describes how you work. Hard. What is your superpower? (What is the one thing you do you do better than most?) Making change. Intentionality or Happenstance?  Which has played a greater role in building your career path? Both, they are inextricably linked. “You can either have a job or make a career.” Where does your motivation come from?  Does motivation come easy for you or is it work/discipline to sustain it? I think I was born driven to some degree. On the days...

Work Friends Beat Out Free Massages

Working hard or hardly working? Turns out if you want the former, you should encourage your employees to have a best friend in the cubicle next to them. Rather than distracting them with small-talk or chit-chat, workplace friends actually boost employee engagement and loyalty. Officeteam recently released survey results that may make managers think twice about the makeup of their teams. They show that employees prefer having an office BFF to a fantastic benefits program. That’s right: people surveyed prefer meaningful workplace relationships over a free flossing at the dentist. Employees who have friends waiting for them with open arms rate their job satisfaction 50% higher than those who only have friends waiting at home. One may assume having a best friend at work would simply mean merrier employees: whistle-while-you-work, “give world peace a chance” types. But while visiting the water cooler in my own office, a new reality struck me: friendships at work display whether there is trust or a lack of trust in the workplace. It measures faith in co-workers—will they support each other when they take a risk or do they have to watch your own back? Strong relationships encourage patriotism both to and within the company. Best friends at work make for employees that are best friends with their work. Even BuzzFeed agrees, sharing the ’21 joys of having a work BFF.’ Do you agree with the survey results? Do you think employees are more likely to stay at an organization if they have a work BFF? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag:...