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Question: We’re spending more time on the front-end of the employment process - recruiting,screening and hiring employees. Looking back, we’ve had mixed results selecting employees over the past couple of years. Some people we thought would be stars turned out to be just OK. A few turned out to be less than OK. Other people surprised us and exceeded our expectations. Now, we’re trying to zero in on the qualities that are most important to this company, the ones that will result in the most success. My question for you is this: What do you think a company should be looking for in an employee today?

Answer: This is a very timely question. There are some signs that the economy is picking up and employers are moving back into the hiring mode. At the same time, it is worth noting that the past decade has coincided with an evolution in the way many people conceptualize and approach work. Technological and geopolitical changes have created a business environment where traditional thinking is less applicable. The workforce itself is driving many of these changes.

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. ( He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Read More »

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