Awards are more than the plaque or paper they are given on. When we read about award-winning companies or attend events like the 2016 Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® ceremony ourselves, we think about the excellence behind the award-winners and the lessons we can take from their example. We know we’re not alone in that regard.
Having just won the 2016 Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® Elite award in the Recruitment, Selection, and Orientation category, we thought about how best to share some of the lessons we’ve picked up along the way. That’s why we’ve put together a list of lessons that influenced our winning application for the award.
Good Communication Is More Important Than Ever
One key pillar of the Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® award that influences every other aspect is communication. All the good will of a company’s culture falls apart if there is no clear communication. It holds together the team and makes any shared vision and strategic performance possible. And when leadership provides transparency and clear directives, employees are more engaged and more dedicated to do what needs to be done.
We’ve put a great emphasis ourselves on clear communication, which starts at the top. Our leadership is dedicated to keeping employees informed and involved. On a regular basis, our internal team has roundtable discussions to share company updates, exchange new strategies, and adjust to emerging trends. Both on-site and remote members of the team are involved in the process, forging an unbreakable bond. And whenever possible, our leadership team makes a face-to-face visit to our remote employees, keeping them updated and strengthening our collective connection.
For our consultants, communication is just as important. We’d never want to stick someone from Florida and place them in the equivalent of the tundra, so we dig for details on what each consultant wants and needs. Before we make any placement, we provide comprehensive info on the client, the position, and even the city they’ll be working in. Once the consultant has been placed, we still offer 24/7 assistance. And we mean it. Mitigating the impact of on-the-job challenges and achieving the best outcome only happens by working early and often toward a solution together.
Rewarding Hard Work Is a Virtue
Anyone who has reviewed the Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® criteria knows they place great emphasis on employee benefits. The reasons speaks for themselves. Employees that feel valued are more engaged in the work they do and are less likely to succumb to work place stress. We find the return on investment is well worth the effort.
For our internal team, we build bonds that last through the rollercoaster twists and turns of our industry. Some days, that means planning company picnics, holiday parties, outings to see the White Sox or Bulls, or other events that make our team happy. Other days, it’s as simple as destressing by all taking a walk together or unwinding by having an impromptu putting challenge in Scott’s office.
And our consultants? We strive to make them feel valued as often as possible. In addition to building a lasting relationship, we provide them with rewards throughout their engagement. At the beginning of any placement, we provide them with a welcome gift basket of CoSourcing Partners swag. And for those consultants who have long term contracts that get continued beyond the initial engagement, we provide bonuses to thank them for their commitment. Everyone loves to feel appreciated.
Protect Your Company Culture
Company culture is more than a secondary concern. It shapes employee performance, values, deliverability, and client relationships both directly and indirectly. Because company culture is influenced by the total members, it’s important to safeguard the established company culture by making smart hires. And the Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® rewards that approach.
At CoSourcing Partners, we keep in mind that hiring, like a lab experiment in high school chem, goes best when you introduce the correct elements. Adding employees who can negatively alter the chemistry of our team can have disastrous results at all levels. That’s why we subject potential consultants and internal employees to a progressive check list before we ever make a hire.
On the internal side, our current employees get involved in the hiring process, meeting with potentials and measuring their compatibility. We always make our final decision with the input of our employees in mind. On the consultant side, we look to work with talent that share our values of hard work, resiliency, and adaptability. Since our consultants are a reflection of our business, we pick nothing but the best to represent us.
Building a Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® Team
To build a culture worthy of winning Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ® Award, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to bring together professionals willing to further cultivate these values. And the hiring process is a big part of that. Exceptional talent comes available during brief windows. The timing has to be perfect or it’ll be completely off the mark. The ability to keep a watchful eye on the market is what differentiates successful companies from those that fall behind.
At CoSourcing Partners, we watch for compatible consultants for our clients so they can focus on getting their operations and performance to where they need to be. Whether searching for Healthcare IT professionals or our own team, we always consider the best cultural fit. Contact us today and we can help you get started toward a company culture that’s worthy of the highest awards.