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6 Ways to Tell if a Candidate is a Good Culture Fit

Jul 02, 2018

For today’s recruiters and hiring managers, finding a candidate that is a good cultural fit is as important if not more important than finding a candidate with the right skill set or experience—especially in the tech industry where employees are expected to wear a lot of hats, learn new roles quickly and be fairly self-sufficient. For instance, you can teach someone JIRA, but you can’t teach them to love your operation or change their personality to better mesh with your team. 

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For today’s recruiters and hiring managers, finding a candidate that is a good cultural fit is as important if not more important than finding a candidate with the right skill set or experience—especially in the tech industry where employees are expected to wear a lot of hats, learn new roles quickly and be fairly self-sufficient. For instance, you can teach someone JIRA, but you can’t teach them to love your operation or change their personality to better mesh with your team. 

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How to Align and Motivate Your Employees During Tumultuous Times

Jun 26, 2018

When a company is going through a rough patch that results in new leadership, a change in direction or layoffs, leadership’s actions during the fallout can make or break the recovery. After layoffs, employees will naturally feel frustrated, anxious and potentially blindsided. They feel like they lack control, which may lead to resistance and skepticism. While some will choose to leave immediately, other will stay and instinctively go into self-preservation mode. Unfortunately, what an organization needs most during this time is for all employees to come together and rally around a comeback strategy. 

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When a company is going through a rough patch that results in new leadership, a change in direction or layoffs, leadership’s actions during the fallout can make or break the recovery. After layoffs, employees will naturally feel frustrated, anxious and potentially blindsided. They feel like they lack control, which may lead to resistance and skepticism. While some will choose to leave immediately, other will stay and instinctively go into self-preservation mode. Unfortunately, what an organization needs most during this time is for all employees to come together and rally around a comeback strategy. 

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Does it Work: Summer Hours

Jun 19, 2018

Summer hours have become a popular offering at companies across the U.S. over the last 10 to 15 years. According to a new survey conducted by CEB, 42% of Fortune 1000 companies offer summer hours as a company benefit. But does an adjusted schedule and additional time off increase employee satisfaction or cause undue stress to get work done in less time? Worse, does it result in reduced productivity, profits and client satisfaction?

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Summer hours have become a popular offering at companies across the U.S. over the last 10 to 15 years. According to a new survey conducted by CEB, 42% of Fortune 1000 companies offer summer hours as a company benefit. But does an adjusted schedule and additional time off increase employee satisfaction or cause undue stress to get work done in less time? Worse, does it result in reduced productivity, profits and client satisfaction?

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Getting Executive Team Buy in During CEO Onboarding

Jun 14, 2018

Many estimates show that 40% of new CEOs will fail within their first 18 months. According to the Harvard Business Review, one of the primary reasons for this is that they fail to grasp the cultural and political aspects of the company, which result in a lack of support from the CEO’s executive team. Though many boards want to hire a CEO then give her room to lead, the lack of a CEO succession and onboarding plan sets her up for failure. And though there are many important elements to an executive onboarding plan, one of the most important is helping the CEO win over her executive team.

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Many estimates show that 40% of new CEOs will fail within their first 18 months. According to the Harvard Business Review, one of the primary reasons for this is that they fail to grasp the cultural and political aspects of the company, which result in a lack of support from the CEO’s executive team. Though many boards want to hire a CEO then give her room to lead, the lack of a CEO succession and onboarding plan sets her up for failure. And though there are many important elements to an executive onboarding plan, one of the most important is helping the CEO win over her executive team.

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How to Build a Strong Company Culture

Jun 12, 2018

As you’re building a company, you’re focused on hiring people, securing clients and staying afloat on razor-thin budgets. You reason company culture is something that comes later once you’ve established the groundwork for your business. But your company has a culture whether you realize it or not. And if you aren't actively building and promoting a specific culture, your employees have probably noticed.   

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As you’re building a company, you’re focused on hiring people, securing clients and staying afloat on razor-thin budgets. You reason company culture is something that comes later once you’ve established the groundwork for your business. But your company has a culture whether you realize it or not. And if you aren't actively building and promoting a specific culture, your employees have probably noticed.   

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A Good Recruiting Partner Should Do More Than Fill Roles

May 29, 2018

Though a recruitment firm’s primary function is to find top talent and persuade them to join your company, a good recruiting partner offers much more. They act as an extension of your team, helping develop a strategy for growing your team in an effective way as you scale. The partnership should be a lasting one wherein the recruiters are invested in your company’s success, even during hiring lulls.

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Though a recruitment firm’s primary function is to find top talent and persuade them to join your company, a good recruiting partner offers much more. They act as an extension of your team, helping develop a strategy for growing your team in an effective way as you scale. The partnership should be a lasting one wherein the recruiters are invested in your company’s success, even during hiring lulls.

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4 Ways to Promote Diversity on Every Level of your Organization

May 23, 2018

For even the most progressive and open-minded companies, it’s safe to assume some level of unconscious bias exists somewhere—and more likely everywhere—within your organization. We all experience unconscious bias. The bias happens without you realizing it and is formed by your background, personal experiences and societal stereotypes among other things. In the workplace, unconscious bias often affects hiring, evaluations, promotions and compensation, which is why many companies are now trying to eliminate unconscious bias from their organizations. But beyond the desire for a fair workplace, there are many advantages to a diverse organization.

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For even the most progressive and open-minded companies, it’s safe to assume some level of unconscious bias exists somewhere—and more likely everywhere—within your organization. We all experience unconscious bias. The bias happens without you realizing it and is formed by your background, personal experiences and societal stereotypes among other things. In the workplace, unconscious bias often affects hiring, evaluations, promotions and compensation, which is why many companies are now trying to eliminate unconscious bias from their organizations. But beyond the desire for a fair workplace, there are many advantages to a diverse organization.

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Onboarding Practices to Get Employees Engaged on Day One

May 23, 2018

The first day on the job is difficult for everyone, no matter how long they’ve been in the workforce. More importantly, day one sets the tone for an employee’s entire tenure at your company. Getting employees excited and engaged on day one is essential for a successful, long-term employment. 

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The first day on the job is difficult for everyone, no matter how long they’ve been in the workforce. More importantly, day one sets the tone for an employee’s entire tenure at your company. Getting employees excited and engaged on day one is essential for a successful, long-term employment. 

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Top 9 Reasons Good Employees Leave a Job

May 21, 2018

Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting is surely familiar with the phrase, “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” More often than not, the team at PeopleFoundry has found that bad management tops the list of reasons for leaving a job. Whether it’s a CEO who struggles to communicate with her board, a VP who isn’t receiving clear direction from the C-suite or an engineer who is micromanaged by the CTO, the relationship between employee and manager is what determines an employee’s tenure at a company.  Finding the right leaders for your organization is critical in ensuring you will attract and retain the best talent.

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Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting is surely familiar with the phrase, “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” More often than not, the team at PeopleFoundry has found that bad management tops the list of reasons for leaving a job. Whether it’s a CEO who struggles to communicate with her board, a VP who isn’t receiving clear direction from the C-suite or an engineer who is micromanaged by the CTO, the relationship between employee and manager is what determines an employee’s tenure at a company.  Finding the right leaders for your organization is critical in ensuring you will attract and retain the best talent.

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When to Hire a Recruiting Partner

May 03, 2018

There are a lot of misconceptions about when and why you should enlist the help of a recruiting firm, consultant or executive search firm. The decision to outsource the recruitment process shouldn’t be driven by the size of your recruiting team, but rather the reasons for hiring. For instance, the team at PeopleFoundry has helped startups and scaleups grow by acting as a company’s recruiting team or an extension of their existing HR team. 

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There are a lot of misconceptions about when and why you should enlist the help of a recruiting firm, consultant or executive search firm. The decision to outsource the recruitment process shouldn’t be driven by the size of your recruiting team, but rather the reasons for hiring. For instance, the team at PeopleFoundry has helped startups and scaleups grow by acting as a company’s recruiting team or an extension of their existing HR team. 

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Attract Top Talent with a Strategic Interview Process

Apr 26, 2018

Many companies see the interview process as a one-sided assessment of a potential employee. Hiring managers are so focused on crafting a process that’s informative and useful to themselves, they forget to make it a positive experience for the candidate as well.

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Many companies see the interview process as a one-sided assessment of a potential employee. Hiring managers are so focused on crafting a process that’s informative and useful to themselves, they forget to make it a positive experience for the candidate as well.

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