Create Great Employees: Employers Listen Up!

How To Create Great Employees:  It is The Invisible Economic Strain In Our Workforce that you can change!

In this Episode Listen to Michelle Talk about this topic.  Create great employees:   In a labor market that is at a historic low, businesses are seeing a high rate of turnover and even ghosting in the workplace.  It is a costly trend. Companies are seeing the value in shifting how they train to retain their employees.  It is far less expensive to invest in quality training.  A community mindset work culture that promotes employee retention is best; rather than continually training new employees.  Also, this nurtured environment promotes employee’s self-worth.  The end result is better work engagement and deeper relationships with fellow colleagues.

The result is better morale, work productivity and lower employee turnover rates!

The positive workplace connections and better knowledge base for the demands of their job has the potential for big payoffs.  It is a benefit for the company in reduced hiring costs as well. This creates a win-win scenario.  Talks of expanding apprenticeship programs are on the rise.

In order for the efforts to be successful, it is important to understand what challenges this group faces.  As a result, this will ensure quality training for the companies that want to train and hire them.

According to research, there are approximately 20 million college students who entered college in the fall of 2018.  19.4% self-reported having a disability.  This number has nearly doubled from 10 years ago and the impact on the educational system has been tremendous.   Colleges across the U.S. are developing programs to meet the needs of these diverse students.  The most prevalent disability is ADHD, a neurologically based disorder.

Of the students surveyed, 79% of the students who reported a disability listed ADHD as their challenge.

As these students enter our workforce, it would be beneficial for us to help them transition with strong skillsets.   Often, these neurologically diverse groups need specific guidance and training. Unfortunately,  skill sets may be assumed and overlooked for the average employee. This invisible disability flies under the radar and yet has a very impactful effect on job success. 

 “knowledge itself is power.”

Michelle R. Raz, M.A. Ed., is a professional executive function coach and educational consultant. Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog.   Or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

5 Steps to a New You

In this episode, Michelle discusses 5 steps to a new you with ways to sustain them throughout the year.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

When you struggle with executive function challenges such as ADD, thoughts can be frantic, unbridled and elusive.  You may laugh at people who ask you what your New Year’s Resolution is each year.   You don’t “play that game” since you know all too well that it could not be a sustained change.   You may even think you thrive on your ability to switch topics and focus so quickly. This can lead you to accept your short-term goals and live life by the moment with no long-term goals.   Yet, many have a deep yearning for more in their life, but they don’t know how to go about seeking lasting change.

Michelle recognizes how difficult it is for people to sustain change but shows you the way that is possible with consistently sustained effort and most importantly accountability.

Real inner change and paradigm shifts come from a deep burning desire that aligns with your core values.
To learn more go to www.razcoaching.com and download the worksheet that goes with this episode. The 5 Steps To A New You.

Career Talk with Wilma Fellman

In this episode,  host Michelle Raz interviews her career coaching colleague and mentor, Wilma Fellman.   Wilma has been a licensed professional counselor for over 30 years, specializing  in ADHD, LD and other life challenges.  Her work has helped many people struggling to find the right career.   She is the author of The other Me: Poetic Thoughts on ADD for Adults, Kids, and Parents and Finding a Career That Works for You.  She, also, contributed to the book, Understanding Women with ADHD.

As a constant contributor to ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine and Blog Talk Radio, she continues to impact this niche population. Her work is the inspiration for Michelle’s book,  Happiness Passion Purpose,  and wrote the foreword as well.   You will have some great takeaways and insight from this episode.     To listen to past podcast shows go to www.razcoaching.com   where you can also download extra freebies including booking a free consultation session.

As a Board Certified Coach, with over 2,500 one on one coaching hours and Career Service Specialist, Michelle has the expertise you need to make your change. She has a gift of helping you tap into your hidden desire, dreams and aspirations through her career coaching method. She unearths your strengths and problem solves your perceived obstacles. You can live the creative life you have dreamed of (desire) and that is exactly how Michelle models herself. She believes in her clients. Her unique approach sets her aside from others, which helps you discover and make step by step action plans to FIND or REDEFINE YOU and your ultimate dream career and life.

Best Gift to Give For The Holidays!

Give the gift of presence this holiday.  It is what makes for lasting memories as the gift that truly keeps giving!

Practicing “Mindfulness” as the Key to a Peaceful Holiday Season

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
— Thich Nhat Hahn

This holiday season is a great reminder of what truly makes memories that will last a lifetime. It isn’t the number of gifts we receive but rather the time we spend with our loved ones. In short, it’s the act of being present.

A person struggling with ADHD or other executive functions may need direction this time of year on how to become connected to the true gifts of the holiday season of love joy and compassion. The term “mindfulness” is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.

As Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist teacher would remind the world to do — Be present, be in the moment and Enjoy life.

Here is a list of some ways you can help create a peaceful holiday: being mindful can bring you joy in every moment.
  1. Be connected to your breath.
    Conduct a simple breathing exercise of inhaling and saying to yourself, “I am here” Then, breath out and feel the air leave your body for a few seconds. This can bring you back into the moment and leave you feeling connected with yourself, again.

2.  Pick a healthy way to take care of yourself. Take a walk.
Walking mindfully and slowly while paying attention to the sensations on the bottom of your feet offer other personal experiences. Notice how the body moves as you walk with awareness. Take one step at a time.

  1. Prioritize your time.
    Start each day with a few minutes of quiet time. Reflect on the day ahead to help you prioritize your tasks and stay in tune with your emotional state. Recognize important things that need to be done. Identify any stressors and decide how you plan to address them. This process can help you follow through successfully each day.
  2. Actively listen to one another.
    As students get excited for the holidays and receive an academic break from school, it can be a stressful time in the household. Elementary students are exploding with boundless energy while anticipating once-per-year events. High school and college students are studying frantically for their final exams. Parents are preoccupied with navigating their holiday to-do lists.

The combination of feeling overwhelmed, being excited with the seasonal events and the reality of academic stress can severely affect family relationships.

Now is the time to encourage one another to identify the feeling.

What emotion are you experiencing? Are you sad, stressed, angry, anxious, joyful, disappointed, excited or embarrassed? Accept the authenticity of your feelings and express the emotions verbally.

By expressing your feelings it can release negative emotions. Also, by being an active listener, you can demonstrate that you are present and validate the needs of others.

When you practice mindfulness, you are in a state of concentration. Because you are , and can sustain that awareness, it is said that you are concentrated. By being fully concentrated, you have an opportunity to make a breakthrough – and to achieve insight.

This practice of cultivating stillness in your life, loving speech and deep listening will bring joy and happiness to others and yourself. This holiday, achieve the true gift of happiness and joy by being in the moment and being present for others. It may be the most joyous season yet when all feel that their needs are being heard and therefore met.

Michelle R. Raz, M.A. Ed., is a professional executive function coach and educational consultant. Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

ADHD Makes For Some GOOD Stories!

In this episode, Michelle shares a very personal and entertaining story of living life with ADHD.  The scenarios that happen can be  stressful and chaotic events but can be fuel for entertainment later on.  This carpool soccer trip has quite a few turns and mishaps anyone  can appreciate.   This is a perfect example how living life with ADHD is full of scenarios that just can’t be duplicated and is stuff that just cannot be made up!   A Starbucks stop for frappuccinos, the dog and six soccer girls eager to get to their game is the scene.  It set the stage for a major mishap while driving through the high mountains of Colorado to reach their soccer game.

To learn more about Michelle visit  www.razcoaching.com.   You can read recent blogs, listen to past podcasts and link up to her daily Instagram quotes   at instagram.com/razcoaching

Stop Being A Slave To Your ADHD

Sticking to a routine you know is what you need to succeed can be simply exhausting!   Stop being a slave to your adhd and make each structure you have in place be your shiny object again.   In this episode,  Michelle Raz, ADHD specialist puts a new twist on those old structures put in place  keep your life balanced.  She gives examples and few suggestion how you can repurpose those routines without losing the productivity.

You can visit her website at www.razcoaching for other tips, tricks and advice for living with ADHD.  She has blog articles and free downloads where you can put her advice to work.