What Patrick Mahomes can teach us about our job

Amazing!! The Kansas City Chiefs are playing for the AFC Division Championship, AT HOME!! WOW!!! Great job. But there is one guy who has shone, who, I think, has a few things to teach us about our job.

Patrick Mahomes

He is a remarkable quarterback, only one of three to throw 50 touchdowns in a regular season!! But what can he teach us about work, and how to work.

  1. He lets his skills speak for itself. You don’t hear a lot of problems for Mahomes. He simply works. He does his job, and he works. In fact, he doesn’t have to tell you how good he is, he shows you!!!
  2. He doesn’t stress out under pressure. Mahomes stays calm and works things out, even when the pressure is on, hard.
  3. He has a plan B. Even when the play he wants doesn’t go as planned, he has a plan B, and he isn’t afraid to use it.
  4. He chose his focus.  When he was in college, Mahomes was also a pitcher for the baseball team. He chose in his Sophomore year to drop baseball and focus on football. It paid off. Rather than being pulled in two directions, he focused on what he was good at, and what he loved.
  5. He keeps his mouth shut. A lot of athletes get in trouble for running their mouth. Mahomes, just works. That’s a good employee. He doesn’t smart off, he doesn’t brag. He works, and let’s his work speak for itself. Mahomes keeps his mouth shut. Well, OK, except for the ketchup on steak comment, but I think we can forgive that!!

In short, I think there is a lot about doing a good job we can learn from our own Patrick Mahomes. And, as we get ready for this weekend, I just have to say.

GO CHIEFS!!!

What most employers want

If you had to guess, what one thing do you think most employers are looking for?

Go ahead, make a guess, I’ll wait….

Got it…

You sure?

Well, I don’t have a scientific answer. I am sure there are some studies out there that can give a definitive answer, but I do have my experience, and in my experience in the employment industry, there is one answer that is far and away above all others. My experience has shown that employers are looking for dependability.

Will you show up for work, every day, and on time? Will you refuse to let excuses rule your life? Will you get up and come in, even if you had a fight with your significant other? Will you come in, even if you have a headache? Will you come in, even if you had a little too much to drink the night before? Better yet, will you decide not to drink so much the night before so you will be awake and alert for work? Will you allow a little extra time in getting to work so you don’t run late?

Those are the kind of things employers are looking for. They want someone who will plan ahead a little bit. They want someone who has a plan B if things don’t go right. They have someone else they can call at the last minute to be a babysitter if they need it. They have a friend who can give them a ride to work if their car breaks down, or they know the bus schedule so that they can get to work, even if they are a little late.

An employee who is dependable, reliable and has a plan B for when things come up will be one of the most valuable employees there is. In fact, you might not have the skills that other people do, or even have the natural talent that others do, but if you will work on being dependable and being a person of your word, you will find that you can be even more valuable to a company than the most skilled person they have.

Just a thought

Shane Richardson

Skills! What Skills?

Unemployment in the Kansas City Metro area for October (the most recent month I have access to when writing this), was 2.7%. There’s not a lot of ways to say it, so, let me be blunt. THAT’S CRAZY. When I was in college, we didn’t think this level of unemployment was possible. In fact, I remember a professor telling me that sustained unemployment below 5% was not possible and could cause a collapse in the economy.

Well, no collapse yet, but that doesn’t mean that is easy for employers. Plus, there are additional challenges. What about skilled labor.

With unemployment at record level lows, finding an employee for a job is hard, finding an employee for a skilled job can be almost impossible. So, what does an employer do.

Well, I am glad you asked. There are several options available, but I want to mention one idea that might be a help to you, and offer a long term solution too. The idea may sound strange, counter-intuitive, even radical, but it is an old idea that may still work. Are you read?

LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Now, please understand, I am not talking about hiring people who won’t work, or who are unreliable. That would make things hard. I am saying, maybe bring somebody in who doesn’t yet have the skills you need, place them with someone who does, and train them. They used to call these apprentices, and they learned a skill that was then valuable to the employer and the employee.

Do you need someone who can do some spot welding? Why don’t you teach them. Do you have an employee who is loyal and proven. Let them learn a new skill. Let them learn how to do something that you need done. This allows them to grow as a person in their skill level, it allows you to expand your knowledge base in your employees, and it helps you relieve a problem you have of needing good, skilled employees.

There are several ways this can work. Let them employee work one day a week in the new department, or half days in the new department, learning a new skill. Maybe hire someone who has a basic knowledge of the skill, but needs some honing. Let them work with one of your experienced employees. Maybe help them see the value of growing with your company, and staying with a company that will teach them new skills and let them grow.

There is an old saying that I learned a while back that I have found true. “You can teach someone a new skill, you can’t teach them a new attitude. Hire an attitude and teach a skill.” Now, in this market, more than ever, look for the attitude and teach the skill.

Just a thought,

Shane Richardson

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Thinking About Employment

At On Demand Employment, we want to do more than just match good people with good jobs. We want help your company succeed, and we want to help our employee succeed. That’s why we are starting this blog. Every week (more or less), we will be posting something that will be helpful to employers, helpful to employees, interesting news related to employment, or maybe something just a little fun so you can relax a bit and have a good laugh.

Watch for our first post after the New Year. Please feel free to comment, and let us know your thoughts and ideas. We love serving our companies and our employees. Thanks for dropping by!!

Shane Richardson

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