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Everything Must Change: People Are Not Products

There are 8,760 hours a year. 2,190 hours per year are spent asleep (an average of 6 hours per night). 2,080 hours per year are “sold” for a paycheck (40 hours per week multiplied by 52 weeks a year). This leaves 4,490 hours to eat or play, or live beyond the boundaries of work and sleep. By these numbers almost 25% of a person’s life is spent working in order to afford the remaining 75% of their life. 

exam body list_relaxPeople want a quality of life that suits their sensibilities and preferences. Don’t we all? The question is who will help them find a job adequate enough to fund the remaining 75% of their life? This is where the recruiting industry comes in, and we recruiters know it. Our industry survives only if there is significant unrest in the life of an employee, one deep enough to provoke a change in vocation making them the ideal person for the company we represent and the position we need to fill. Many times this unrest is stirred by the belief that the remaining 75% of their life isn’t living up to par. Many recruiting firms hope to leverage that unrest enough in order to connect them to the “perfect job” capable of living up to their career goals and dreams. In fact, many recruiting firms would rather the 25%, the job, overshadow the 75%, the rest of life, and move the person away from seeing the big picture by focusing solely on career goals. When this happens, and it often does, people fail to consider the intangible costs in light of the new and better paycheck. Disillusioned by the promise of perfection and the grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side syndrome, they accept the new job, uproot family and leave behind dear friends for the pursuit of happiness, not realizing it until it is too late. 

Recruiting firms often grow their bottom-lines by capitalizing on this disillusionment by embracing a recruiting process built around occupation-specific criteria and fast turn around times. Rarely will recruiters urge caution and encourage people to consider how the new job means starting over in life. To do so could run the risk of prolonging the hire or worse, lose the ideal individual for the placement. Consequently recruiting firms lose sight of the person and fix their eyes on the money yielded by the placement with the company that hired them to fill the position quickly. By focusing solely on questions specific to occupation–skill sets, successes, career goals–recruiting firms fail to learn about the person–life goals, hopes, family dynamics. This results in treating people like products where the placement of the position is prioritized over the person

stick-figure-familyAt TYGES people aren’t products. “People” are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, all with hopes, plans, failures, successes and goals. We want to know these hopes, plans, failures, successes and goals; we want to know their stories and what matters to them in the remaining 75% of their time. We want to remind them that even though this new career opportunity could be great for their career and filled with new possibilities, an out-of-state/city could also profoundly impact their lives. It might involve uprooting their family where the children will have to change schools and make new friends, and they will leave their networks of close relationships behind and have to do the hard work of developing new ones. We want to make sure they see the big picture from all angles, even if it means “losing” the ideal individual for the placement. Besides, what good would it serve the company that contracted us to find great people if after a few months the newly hired person experiences remorse, arrives at work unhappy and eventually resigns?  If a recruiting firm is intentional and guided by a higher ethic beginning with the belief that people are never to be treated like products, it can maintain a holistic, high-quality recruiting process and efficient turn around time in filling the position.

In the end, treating people like products by focusing on the placement rather than the person serves no one. It makes money but also makes a mockery of a industry we care deeply about. And it happens all too often. This is why everything must change and we intend to make it so.


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Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope: Beyond Boobs

It was fall of 2006.  A small group of young women with breast cancer came together in Williamsburg, Virginia. Their desire was simple: to be there for one another. They discovered that several of them had delayed diagnoses based upon their age (too young) or a whole host of other myths about breast cancer. It was then that Mary Beth Gibson and René Bowditch had to do something. Desperately they wanted others to take charge of their breast health and be proactive, despite the prevailing myths about breast cancer. So they began sharing with women and men, “The Things We Wished We Had Known” about breast health. Beyond Boobs! was born.

Beyond Boobs was birthed out of passion, experience and desperation in order to offer words of redemption and hope so that less and less women (and men) would suffer a late diagnosis of breast cancer. How many of us have had loved ones suffer from this terrible disease? How many of us wished we could have done something, or pointed them to others able to walk by their side in this journey for encouragement and support? This is TYGES is a grateful supporter of the cause and mission of Beyond Boobs!

20140425_132049One of the ways we are able to support this great organization is through their annual “Breast Ball” golf tournament. We had a great time and really enjoyed this life-saving event!

Through Beyond Boobs! anyone can find support groups, helpful resources, gain witty insight from the Good Health Fairy and read stirring testimonials, or receive potentially life-saving education concerning breast cancer. Please, spread the word about, bookmark their site for yourself, or support their work!

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Practical Insight: You don’t Have to Go All Out to Make a Difference

                                                                                  By: Caroline Mutch, Operations Administrator and Internet Researcher, Georgia Office

For months, I have been growing my hair out with the purpose of donating it and, Friday afternoon, I chopped it off and it will soon be on its way to Locks of Love. I think Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” I am not using that quote as a way to make my hair donation appear to be a grand sweeping gesture or make it out to be more than it is- which is just hair; I say this because there are many of us, me included, who feel bogged down by the feeling that we cannot accomplish the great acts of giving back that we would like to do. I once had dreams of joining the Peace Corps but life didn’t swing itself that way. Instead, I chose smaller mission trips through my church group. And now, as a working mother and wife, I find small ways to fulfill my need to give back. This time around, I chose to donate my hair to Locks of Love- an organization that makes hair pieces for underprivileged children who have experienced medical hair loss. Just because all I had to do was grow my hair didn’t mean I would take this lightly. I took vitamins daily, conditioned my hair with olive oil, and trimmed up the split ends. I wanted the hair I donated to become the best possible hair piece it could for some child somewhere.

DonationSo, go and do small things with great love.