Global Trends in Human Capital

Blog Global TrendsAs the workplace continues to grow to include a more global perspective, it is increasingly necessary to evaluate elements of successful business growth on a larger scale. No longer is competition limited to local players, it can now include the entire world. Consequently, smart organizations are looking at global trends on key issues such as regulatory practices, environmental stability, and perhaps most important, human capital.

The global consulting firm, Deloitte recently published a comprehensive study entitled, Global Human Capital Trends 2014: Engaging the 21st Century Workforce that, “…reveals the findings of a global survey of more than 2,500 business and HR leaders from 90+ countries – one of the largest talent management surveys of its kind. The survey results paint a clear picture of the challenges and opportunities organizations face in cultivating the talent needed to grow.”

The information provided by Deloitte is broken down into easily useable sections including:

  • Relative urgency of human capital trends
  • Readiness for human capital trends
  • Top 5 human capital trends
  • Capability gap by human capital trend
  • Capability gap drill down
  • Respondent demographics

Users can check out the demographic profile of the companies that participated in the survey, and leverage the information to evaluate and plan within their own businesses. As an organization dedicated to the personal and professional growth of its members, the Jaycees are committed to learning and understanding the latest trends to assist in this personal development.

As you check out the wealth of information that Deloitte included in its report, do not miss the Top 10 Findings – a breakdown of the key survey results, with additional analysis by the survey authors. For example, here is Finding 1: Leadership, retention, HR skills, and talent acquisition are the top global trends in perceived urgency. These sound very similar to the skills an individual can learn through the Jaycee trainings and chapter resources.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the future. Share on our Twitter and Facebook pages what you think will be the most critical skills for young professionals as they enter an increasingly complex workforce.

Women Leaders and Equal Pay

Last month we looked at recent trends in leadership and learned how “softer” management styles that identify with “feminine” traits can be more effective than traditionally “masculine” styles of direction. This month, we’ll continue that discussion by looking at whether or not the move towards this leadership is translating into equality for women leaders, both in the work environment and in salary levels.

Blog Women LeadershipAs young professionals committed to equality, all Jaycees should be concerned with some recently released statistics. The National Journal reports in their 2014 salary survey that, “Women made up just 22 percent of the 644 current and former CEOs in the survey. And those female executives were generally paid less than their male counterparts. No women were among the 25 highest-paid executives on the list; only five women landed in the top 50; and just 13 women were in the top 100. Overall, the median compensation of female CEOs with a full year of earnings was 15 percent lower and $59,063 less than that of their male counterparts.”

Furthermore, a recent benchmarking report by the Colorado Women’s College examined female leadership roles in 14 sectors of the economy and determined that, “Results revealed that women are outperforming men, but they are not earning salaries or obtaining leadership roles commensurate with their higher levels of performance.”

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Jaycee is the ability for our organization to look beyond issues of gender as we work to create and execute projects that help our local communities. As we encourage others to get involved and be active, our example will be to care about the individual, and not whether it’s a man or woman, black or white – we can all be leaders. The Jaycees will continue to be a model of equality for other groups and organizations to learn from, and it becomes our responsibility, as we interact in the professional world, to promote these same values outside of projects and chapter meetings. Promoting equality and discouraging discrimination is a great way to improve your work environment and ensure your team moves in a positive, inclusive direction – just like your local Jaycee chapter!

The Colorado Women’s College study provides a nice summary why it is in our best interests to strive for equality, “What we learned while conducting this extensive research is that at the highest levels of leadership, women – who now comprise more than half of U.S. college graduates – continue to be inadequately represented, yet when diversity is present, results significantly improve. This study proves the point that including women in leadership teams is a smart investment for any organization to make.”

What are your thoughts? Share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to hear from you!

BzzzTour 2.0

As a Jaycee we are given opportunities to change the world. For some that may sound corny but for us it is reality. Almost daily we are called on by our communities to assist people whether it be with a community garden, training young leaders, providing a Christmas to those who wouldn’t have it otherwise, building the top notch burn center, a public hospital, a recycling plant because our community needs it.

We focus daily on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. We look in our communities and come up with plans through the Active Citizen Framework to build sustainable solutions in our communities and across the world.

When we had an opportunity to work with Nothing But Nets to send bed nets to Africa to help reduce deaths due to malaria, we had long discussions. How was this a USA problem? We don’t have malaria here, do we? We don’t have to worry about getting bitten by a mosquito and catching a deadly disease that could kill us in a matter of days, do we? I mean this is a third world problem, isn’t it?

Let me share some statistics with you; 600,000 cases of malaria were reported last year, with the heaviest amount being in sub-Saharan Africa. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. 1600 cases were brought back to the US this past year. We send our troops, our doctors, our missionaries, our citizens to these countries to work, vacation, volunteer and then they return home. We purchase goods from Africa, which require their citizens to produce them, when people are sick and unable to work, production goes down, which means goods become unavailable to us. In 2012, we imported $49.6 billion in goods from sub-Saharan Africa with the top five being; mineral fuel, precious stones, vehicles, cocoa, and titanium, chromium and uranium. It is very important that we focus on countries that we get resources from and that we send our resources too.

But I don’t want to overwhelm you with statistics, as a number person that is interesting to me but not to some. What I want to do is share a story with you. A story of a mom, who went to a partnership summit, to between you and I meet cool people, tour the Capitol and sit down with her elected officials to discuss important issues to her. Who sit in on meetings and saw a poster of a mom and her son from Africa on one side and a mom and her son from the US on the other side. The words across the bottom said ‘I taught my child to give, so that your child could live’. Powerful words that really touched her deep in her soul. As a mother hearing that a child dies every 60 seconds is unacceptable. Especially when there is a $10 solution that will stop this, when there is 90% success rate for folks who use the bed net, when killing the mosquitoes with the insecticide treated net saves lives, something had to be done.

As the sitting leader of a National organization that had 20,000 young, strong, active voices who believe in thinking globally and working locally, that mother could do something. As a mother of a precocious 9 year old who believed in giving and wanted to make a difference, they could do something. As the wife to an amazing husband, who buys into her crazy ideas, she could do something. So that mother loaded her family in a van, traveled to 17 states visited 85 chapters and held 60 governmental meetings sharing how members of Congress could get involved by continuing to approve funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund and joining the Malaria and Tropical Disease Caucus to work toward solutions and education. From discussions in a dark hallway in Taipei to this, that is how #BzzzTour was born.

Because of the great response, BzzzTour 2.0 was discussed and she knew this one had to be bigger because that is how we roll. The goal for this summer is visiting with 100 chapters, hosting 100 meetings with government officials, securing 25 of our members who are interested in being Nothing But Nets champions, sharing our message through advocacy cards to our government officials and raising $100K to send bed nets.  Will this be a big undertaking, of course, but we are Jaycees and we would not have it any other way. As the saying goes, we go big or go home!

BzzzTour 2.0 kicked off on June 6th with our first official stop at the McMinnville Jaycees Relay for Life. Here Mozzie walked the track and we shared the story of the importance of Nothing But Nets while not taking away from the cause at hand. I was able to speak on the radio about our organization and our partnership and the importance of Relay as well. It was a great first event and kick-off to our tour. Next up was spending the day with the Shelbyville Jaycees, where we toured the Jack Daniels distillery and the city of Lynchburg, sharing with the members what we were doing and how they can help. Not to mention amazing lunch at Mary Bobo’s and a check presentation from the chapter. Then over to Cookeville for a meet and greet with the Chamber President and the local members. Here we shared how this deadly disease does hit closer to home and what they can do in their community to help. Another check presentation!!! Sunday started with a picnic with the Murfreesboro Jaycees again discussing our goals and sharing our stories. Then off to Camp Discovery where we worked with the Greater Jasper Jaycees talking to the campers and passing out wristbands from Nothing But Nets! What fun!!! Monday was a day full of meetings (six to be exact) with our government officials sharing the importance of participating in the Malaria Caucus and being a part of the World Malaria Day Resolution in the House and Senate side. It was great to discuss with them and share how important this cause is to our members. After we were off to the International Pillow fight with Montgomery County Jaycees. Funds were raised through this fun event to purchase more nets.

After that we headed to Kentucky, there we held five meetings over two days with government officials. Including meeting one for lunch at Wagner’s Pharmacy across from Churchill Downs, what great history and food, yum!!! We made a pit stop at the Bowling Green clubhouse and took in the building and fair office and all it’s history. Then we attended the downtown concert series with the Frankfort Jaycees, who not only had a booth to share info but President Joni got on stage and shared with the hundreds of folks there who the Jaycees are and what we do. We ended our time in Kentucky in Boone County at the Florence Freedom game. Here we got announced that we were in attendance and tried to get ourselves in front of that sportscasters camera. We had the opportunity to visit with members including Past National President Dr. Julie Metzger- Aubuchon and her family.

Now we are in Virginia, where we hosted three meetings today and tomorrow we have an event hosted by the Peninsula Jaycees who have invited the several other chapters in the area and the community to attend. We are super excited what that will bring!!!

As I sit here in my quiet hotel room, listening to the low snores of my boys, I know what we are doing is important. I know being that mom is important. I know being that JCI USA IPP (Immediate Past President) is important. There are people who are counting on us that we don’t even know. People who are hoping what we are doing makes a difference in government funding, in people caring about the cause and in the amount of bed nets they will receive next year. We are counting on our members, current and past to help us achieve that goal. We need all of you to #dreambig, #stompoutmalaria and support @NothingButNets.

Yours in Jaycees,

IPP Chrystal Ramsay-DyessBzzzTour 2.0 Logo

Summertime Job Search

jbAs the summer months roll around, there is a huge misconception that many job seekers fall prey to – no one is hiring this time of year. Wrong. In today’s business climate, organizations do not stop looking for new talent for roughly a quarter of the year, and in fact, a summer job search may offer some unique advantages over your fall, winter, and spring competitors.

Patty Coffey is a partner at the staffing organization WinterWyman and recently offered eight reasons why the summer is a great time to job hunt on Here are the highlights, click here to check out the article and full analysis.

  1. Summer is a slower season – companies will have more time to interview
  2. Jobs do exist – businesses with high sales volumes in summer need employees
  3. Contract-to-hire positions are abundant – companies need to fill extended vacations and long leaves of absence
  4. Unexpected network opportunities – there is a chance to network at every BBQ, sporting event, or even at your local chapter Jaycee meeting
  5. A possibly shorter interview process – companies will shorten the process to help meet scheduling considerations of all involved
  6. Summer is an easier transition period – it is easier to get adjusted to a new office or position when the office environment becomes a bit slower paced
  7. It’s easy to sneak out – finding the time to interview for that new position can be easier if it is less busy at your current position and you can get away for an afternoon without being missed
  8. It’s high energy – the season offers longer days and more activity…take advantage of it

As a Jaycee, the summer months are a great time to get involved with projects around your community. Don’t forget to spend a little time on your personal development, and check out what the job market can offer you. Once you’ve started down that path, take a minute and share your experiences on our Facebook and Twitter pages – your fellow Jaycees would benefit from your wisdom.

Golden Rule: Behold the Power of Reciprocity

Golden ruleWhen it comes to persuasion, there are a few tools and ideas that we as young professionals and active citizens would be well served to understand. Reciprocity happens to be one of those concepts. People utilize reciprocity as a persuasive tool on a daily basis, and often without even realizing it.  Even when our intentions are pure, and we expect nothing in return, the simple act of gift giving inspires a feeling of guilt which can often lead to a “return the favor” mindset from the recipient.  For example, if you and a friend go to lunch and your friend picks up the tab, you may be inclined to say that you will get the next one. One of the more interesting aspects of reciprocity is that it is not a zero-sum game.  The bill they picked up may have only been $15.00, but that generally doesn’t stop you from picking up the next one at $25.00 and feeling that you are now even.

Here are some ways to use reciprocity to give you an advantage in work, home, and life:

1. Lend your neighbor a hand, even when they do not ask for it.  If you see them moving something heavy, walk over and help.  If you see them shoveling snow, offer them the use of your snow blower.  Outside of feeling good about being helpful, you will be amazed at the good will a simple gesture can generate.  The next time that you need help, the probability of them providing assistance drastically increases.

2. Bring in donuts for the office.  Another simple gesture that can make your colleagues go out of their way to help you, and can even assist in turning a hostile environment into a manageable one.  The key here is to gift sparingly so that it does not become an expectation.  If you bring the donuts in each Friday, the gesture loses its surprise element and becomes ineffective.

3. Send a client a card.  Don’t make it a holiday or thank you card, but more of an “I appreciate you” card.  Sound funny?  The most effective car salesman of all time sent each of his clients.  Not only did he tap into reciprocity, but also into concepts of liking.  Carefully consider your message as this may not be appropriate in all instances, but the idea is the same.

These are a few ideas to help you begin thinking about your own ways to tap into the principle of reciprocity.  The power of this simple gift can be very useful in getting a favorable response from your recipient.  Do you have an example that you can share with us, or perhaps how this has been used against you?  Share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to hear from you!