Office Pool- Final “3″ ?

It’s down to the Final 4 and we still have 3 in the Office Pool.  Here is how it can play out-

Greg wins it all if KY beats L’ville.

Scot  and Greg will tie if L’ville wins the championship.  The tie breaker scores are- Scot 135 and Greg 126.

Pam  and Greg will tie if OSU wins the championship and L’ville beats KY.  The tie breaker scores are- Pam 147 and Greg 126.

Good luck!

Can BarryStaff Save You Money?

Scot Feldmeyer
BarryStaff of Cincinnati Newsletter 3/22/12

I like to save money.  You might say that I can’t stand to not save money. I can’t stand to buy a pizza without a coupon and I’ve driven miles out of my way to save pennies on gas.  I also like to help other people save money.

Many of our customers have figured out that they can save money by using our services when they need to hire a new employee.  Sure it seems to cost a little more in the beginning to bring on a new employee through BarryStaff but the overall savings in the end are well worth it.  These savings come from not running a classified ad in the newspaper or an online posting from Monster or CareerBuilder, spending hundreds of dollars and producing no qualified candidates.  Savings also come from not having to spend days or weeks interviewing people who aren’t qualified for the job in hopes of finding someone who is.  And then there is the painful cost of fixing a bad hiring decision, with the cost of wrongful termination liability, unemployment insurance claims, Worker’s Compensation exposure, benefits expense, and payroll taxes.

When you think about all of those expenses it just makes sense to let the professionals at BarryStaff do the footwork for you.  We can define your requirements for the position you need to fill, conduct a search of our database and other resources, interview candidates, test them, and check their background and references.  Then we can present just the best ones for you to interview.  If you like one of them, you can try them out on our Temp-to-Hire program and if they do a good job you can switch them over to your payroll after 90 days and pay us no additional fees.  We’ve been in business a long time and we know how to find good employees.  Just give us a call.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…..I recently ran across these expressions which were recently seen on T-shirts and bumper stickers. Thought you might enjoy them.

· My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t.
· Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.
· I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
· Don’t take life too seriously. None of us are getting out of it alive.
· You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
· Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
· Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
· I’m not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.
· God must love stupid people. He made so many.
· Frankly Scallop, I don’t give a Clam. (Seen on Cape Cod)
· I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
· Wrinkled is not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.
And my favorite.
POLICE STATION TOILET STOLEN… Cops have nothing to go on.

Hope we hear from you……..Scot

NCAA Office Pool Update

Standings going in to the Sweet 16.

Player                            Wins                  Final Pic

Pam Barry                     35                    Ohio St. (147)
Ryan trapp                    35                    North Carolina (156)
Greg Cross (3)              34                    Kentucky (126)
Scot Feldmeyer (1)      34                    Louisville (135)
Scot Feldmeyer (2)      33                    Michigan St. (135)
Chris Musick                 32                    Kentucky (127)
Greg Cross (2)              32                    Duke (120)
Joshua Voelkel              32                    Syracuse (149)
Justin Barry                  32                    Kentucky (139)
Kerri Voelkel                 32                    North Carolina (173)
Teresa Myers                32                    Kentucky (175)
Angela Burkhead           31                    Baylor (140)
Dianne Baxter (1)          31                    Kentucky (155)
Dianne Baxter (3)          31                    Kentucky (164)
Emily Monnin                 31                   Michigan St. (137)
Greg Cross (1)                31                    Kentucky (139)
Robert Voelkel                31                    Duke (168)
Andrew barry                28                     Ohio St. (125)
Dianne Baxter (2)          28                     Kentucky (156)
Marlene Feldmeyer       28                     Michigan St. (154)
Megan Brinckerhoff       28                     Kentucky (64)

NCAA BB Office Pool Update.

After day one the standings are:

Rank     Player                Games Won                       Final Pic

1         Joshua Voelkel             14                             Syracuse (149)
1         Pam Barry                    14                             Ohio St. (147)
1         Ryan Trapp                  14                             North Carolina (156)
1         Scot Feldmeyer (1)     14                              Louisville (135)
5         Dianne Baxter (1)        13                             Kentucky (155)
5         Emily Monnin               13                             Michigan St. (137)
5         Greg Cross (1)             13                              Kentucky (139)
5         Greg Cross (2)             13                              Duke (120)
5         Justin Barry                 13                              Kentucky (139)
5         Robert Voelkel             13                              Duke (168)
5         Scot Feldmeyer (2)     13                              Michigan St. (135)
12      Andrew barry               12                              Ohio St. (125)
12      Chris Musick                 12                              Kentucky (127)
12      Dianne Baxter (3)         12                              Kentucky (164)
12      Greg Cross (3)               12                              Kentucky (126)
12      Kerri Voelkel                  12                             North Carolina (173)
12      Marlene Feldmeyer      12                             Michigan St. (154)
12      Teresa Myers                12                              Kentucky (175)
19      Megan Brinckerhoff      11                              Kentucky (64)
20     Angela Burkhead           10                              Baylor (140)
20     Dianne Baxter (2)          10                              Kentucky (156)

Let day two begin.

8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

 Forget good to great. Here’s what makes a great employee remarkable.

Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers… they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.

A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance.

Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees:

1. They ignore job descriptions. The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.

When a key customer’s project is in jeopardy, remarkable employees know without being told there’s a problem and jump in without being asked—even if it’s not their job.

2. They’re eccentric… The best employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.

People who aren’t afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas.

3. But they know when to dial it back. An unusual personality is a lot of fun… until it isn’t. When a major challenge pops up or a situation gets stressful, the best employees stop expressing their individuality and fit seamlessly into the team.

Remarkable employees know when to play and when to be serious; when to be irreverent and when to conform; and when to challenge and when to back off. It’s a tough balance to strike, but a rare few can walk that fine line with ease.

4. They publicly praise… Praise from a boss feels good. Praise from a peer feels awesome, especially when you look up to that person.

Remarkable employees recognize the contributions of others, especially in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater.

5. And they privately complain. We all want employees to bring issues forward, but some problems are better handled in private. Great employees often get more latitude to bring up controversial subjects in a group setting because their performance allows greater freedom

Remarkable employees come to you before or after a meeting to discuss a sensitive issue, knowing that bringing it up in a group setting could set off a firestorm.

6. They speak when others won’t. Some employees are hesitant to speak up in meetings. Some are even hesitant to speak up privately.

An employee once asked me a question about potential layoffs. After the meeting I said to him, “Why did you ask about that? You already know what’s going on.” He said, “I do, but a lot of other people don’t, and they’re afraid to ask. I thought it would help if they heard the answer from you.”

Remarkable employees have an innate feel for the issues and concerns of those around them, and step up to ask questions or raise important issues when others hesitate.

7. They like to prove others wrong. Self-motivation often springs from a desire to show that doubters are wrong. The kid without a college degree or the woman who was told she didn’t have leadership potential often possess a burning desire to prove other people wrong.

Education, intelligence, talent, and skill are important, but drive is critical. Remarkable employees are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.

8. They’re always fiddling. Some people are rarely satisfied (I mean that in a good way) and are constantly tinkering with something: Reworking a timeline, adjusting a process, tweaking a workflow.

Great employees follow processes. Remarkable employees find ways to make those processes even better, not only because they are expected to… but because they just can’t help it.

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. @jeff_haden