Choosing a Pediatrician Should Be Like Choosing an Employee, Shouldn't It?

by Matthew Stollak on Thursday, February 21, 2013

So, my wife and I are expecting twins in the next couple of months.  Anxious times.

Of the hundreds of decisions that we are making, one is the choice of the pediatrician taking care of our children.  Choosing one shouldn't be any different than choosing an employee, right?  All, I assume, meet the basic qualifications of the position - knowledge, education, abilities, etc, or they wouldn't be already hired and hanging out their shingle.  So, it comes down to word-of-mouth referrals, and the interview.

We are going through a series of "meet and greets" to find the "right" one, much like a manager would interview a potential applicant.   We went through our first one yesterday.  Questions were posed, such as:

"How many years have you been at this clinic?"
"How many children have you served?"
"What's your perspective on medicating kids with behavioral problems?"
"Have you rejected any patients?"
"Have any patients rejected you?"
"At what age do you stop seeing the patient?"

For the most part, I tend to take a distant view of my health care employees.  They have the proper certification, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and are still employed.  In terms of cost, if they are in network, what's the difference?  One doctor is as good as the next.  So, the interview process really is a search for some piece of negative information that would turn us away.  For my wife, it does come down to "fit;" does the pediatrician make her feel "comfortable," and does he/she come across as a "know-it-all."

So, parents in the know....what am I missing?

Its the 2012 Season of the #8ManRotation

by Matthew Stollak on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

That's right, ladies and gentlemen.  The 8 Man Rotation e-book is back for another year....and its our biggest edition ever!!!

You admired the inaugural season covering the year in sports and HR for 2010.  You loved the 2nd season covering 2011.

Now, be in awe of the 3rd edition of the best sports and HR writing from the minds of Steve Boese, Kris Dunn, Lance Haun, Tim Sackett, and myself.

Over 60 posts!!!

Over 150 pages!!!

With gracious forewords from China Gorman and Dwane Lay.

And, a special thanks to Lizzie Maldonado for putting together the 8 Man Rotation logo seen above.

So, what are you waiting for?!?!?  Check out the 2012 Season of the 8 Man Rotation here.

Take the rest of the day're going to need it.

Transitioning into a Career in HR #nextchat

by Matthew Stollak on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

At 3:00 P.M./2:00 P.M. Central, I'll be the featured Twitterati on #nextchat focusing on the transition into a career in HR.  The questions will be:

Q1. If you are currently practicing HR, would you encourage others to join the HR profession? Why?
Q2. Is a specific HR degree or certification necessary to get into HR? Does it depend on the specialty? Why?
Q3. What professions (Legal, Sales, PR, Marketing?) can most easily transition into HR and why?
Q4. What is the biggest obstacle to breaking into a career in HR and what are ways to get around it?
Q5. How can you get experience in HR when you can’t get a job in HR until you have experience?
Q6. Can building a personal brand on social media help someone more quickly break into the HR field? How?
Q7. Can attending a popular HR conference like SHRM Annual help you transition into a career in HR? How?

More details can be found here

Please join and share your thoughts.

God Made A #HR Professional

by Matthew Stollak on Sunday, February 3, 2013

There were lots of mediocre ads during the Super Bowl.

However, the ad of the night, for me, was the Dodge Ram Farmer ad, featuring some brilliant still photography, and the iconic voice of Paul Harvey.  Check it out below:


I anticipate that SHRM is rapidly working on a "So God Made A HR Professional" ad, perhaps in time for the Annual Conference in June.

So, if you were SHRM...

What should the ad say?

Who should do the voice over?