Get Paid What You’re Worth – How to Ask for a Raise the Right Way

In today’s economy, most people are thankful just to have their jobs.  Still, despite layoffs and salary cuts, many professionals and executives are deserving of pay raises.  If your responsibilities have increased and you feel that you’re underpaid, or if you haven’t been offered a raise in years, it may be time to ask for… Read more »

HR Responds as Older Workers Delay Retirement

U.S. workers are working longer – and retiring later.  Why? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey (as reported by Workforce.com): about 36 percent of respondents cite the poor economy; 16 percent say their lack of faith in Social Security is forcing them to postpone retirement; 13 percent claim they simply can’t… Read more »

Contract Staffing for Food & Beverage Organizations: a Smart Alternative to Full-Time Hires

Need to get a new product launched quickly? Trying to work around a hiring freeze? Have an immediate need for a high-level professional during a transitional period? These are just a few of the reasons food & beverage organizations use contract staffing.  In a time when budgets are tight, the economy is uncertain and resources… Read more »

Performance Management: More Action, Fewer Excuses Means a Better Bottom Line

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” –Harold S. Geneen If you’ve ever managed a single person, then you know that employees make excuses.  They procrastinate, miss deadlines and blame others when they fail. So how do you get them… Read more »

When it Comes to Work/Life Issues, Men and Women are More Alike than Different

Men and women are different in many ways.  But when it comes to work/life balance issues, they apparently share several of the same concerns. Results from a WorldatWork fall 2010 research study conflict with a previously wide-held assumption about the differences between men and women – namely, that male identity is rooted in work, while… Read more »

When It Comes to Interviewing, Less is More

When preparing for big interviews, most food & beverage professionals focus on what they’re going to say – about their work experience, accomplishments, goals, strengths and weaknesses. While it’s certainly essential to know how to speak intelligently in an interview, it’s just as important to know how to listen.  A good recruiter will critically evaluate… Read more »

New Interviewing Technology: How to Prepare for an Online Interview

More and more, food & beverage organizations are using real-time technology such as Skype to screen candidates and conduct initial interviews.  Online interviews deliver several benefits, allowing interviewers to “meet” candidates without incurring substantial travel expenses. For many food & beverage job seekers, an online interview is a convenient and less stressful way to interview… Read more »

Assessing Hiring Needs: Should Food & Beverage Employers DIY or Use a Recruiter?

When it’s time to hire the best food & beverage professionals for your organization, you face a critical decision:  should you do it yourself, or work with an experienced, specialized executive recruitment firm like Kinsa? It would be easy (and logical) to use this question as a launching pad for a sales pitch.  The true… Read more »

Assessing Executive Talent – Using Business Simulations to Augment Your Recruiting Process

Are your candidates just “talking the talk,” or can they truly “walk the walk”? Determining who a candidate really is, and what he can really do, are critical parts of a job interview.  But when it comes to evaluating executive food & beverage talent, résumés and interviews only reveal so much.  As a talent manager,… Read more »

Bipolar Beverages? Energy and Relaxation Drinks Take Beverages (and Consumers) to New Extremes

Stressed out?  Anxious?  Jet-lagged? For years consumers sought drinks laden with ingredients like caffeine, taurine, electrolytes and herbs to give them the extra energy boost they craved.  But lately, manufacturers have introduced several non-alcoholic concoctions that promise just the opposite – they help you unwind. Today, it seems it’s not enough for a drink to… Read more »