As an HR professional, it is mission critical to attract and keep good talent. I’m lucky to work in an organization that has focused on building and living a culture that accomplishes both. Developing and maintaining such a culture takes vision and commitment. The pay-off is a team that works well together and a positive work environment. How can you establish this type of organizational culture? Here are a few of the steps that Avanceon takes to create our (following statement is biased) “awesome culture”.
Focus on fit when hiring and recruiting.
It’s easy to find people with the skills we are looking for, but it is harder to find the attitudes and work philosophy we are seeking. We utilize a lengthy hiring process that drills down on not only the candidate’s skills but to determine behavioral and cultural fit.
Develop and implement training and formalized career planning.
Giving our associates the tools to grow demonstrates how invested we are in them.
We hold many events throughout the year that kick back, relax, have a good time and help our associates create long-lasting friendships. These include anniversary celebrations, pot-luck lunches, barbeques, ping-pong tournaments, fund-raising events for charitable giving, and team-building events outside the office.
Encourage work-life balance.
Avanceon has had a flexible work environment for many years and we recently added a very generous and flexible PTO policy. This shows mutual respect for our employees and helps to reduce their stress levels.
Our efforts have results in a low turn-over rate and recognition from Philly.com Best Places to Work four years in a row. This, in turn, has helped boost our recruiting efforts. What helps your workplace find and keep great people?