Recently, I was talking with a contact who told me that he’s been hearing a few people use the term “Subcontractor” when referring to “Independent Contractors (IC).” My contact said this confused him at first because he’s always considered Subcontractors as small businesses with W-2 employees. He was told that it’s common for an enterprise organization to not do business with “Independent Contractors” (IC) because of the risk factors, but they will do business with a “Subcontractor” that is an S Corp or C Corp, thinking this protects the company from worker misclassification risk.
In March 2018, there were 6.6 million job openings and 6.6 million people looking for jobs. In other words, at the same time companies were struggling to fill positions, there was a job available for each person who wanted one. Those open positions went unfilled for several reasons, but one in particular stands out: thanks in large part to educational trends and expectations, there is a major disconnect between the skills that employers need and the skills that job seekers have.
Today’s Digital Natives Will Shape Tomorrow’s Communication
I recently drove my 12-year-old daughter and two of her friends to a Sixers game about an hour away from where we live. As we made our way toward Philadelphia, we all chatted about the girls’ sports activities, favorite classes, and spring break fun. About 20 minutes into the drive, however, the conversation dwindled and (with the exception of some Bruno Mars and Drake playing on the radio) silence settled over the car. It didn’t take me long to notice that all three girls were focused on their phones.
Have you ever heard of phone stacking? When a group of people are out together (say, for dinner at a restaurant), they put their cell phones facedown in a stack and do their best to ignore the buzzes and rings and other notifications. At the end of the meal, they all pay their bills as usual—but if someone grabs his or her phone before that point, that person has to pick up the whole tab.
When this “game” was created a few years ago, it made waves because it hit a nerve: growing numbers of people were fed up with the intrusion of mobile devices into face-to-face social gatherings. But restaurants aren’t the only places where phone stacking could come in handy. Conference rooms, too, could benefit from phone-free interactions.
The following four quotes are deep truths about culture. A proper understanding of each statement will help drive you, your team, and your organization to success. They also are – very tweetable.
Every organization is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.- RICHARD FAGERLIN
Looking at this quote, the one word that stands out for most leaders is RESULTS. However, if you want to impact your team or organization you must change focus from results to DESIGN. Both the good and the bad results you get are not on accident. You are perfectly designed to get the results you are getting.
If you want to change your culture, change the things that make it up. Your organization is designed to do exactly what it does.