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Hire to Fit Your Company Culture

The Value of Culture

Poor hiring decisions can be extremely costly for your company, in terms of business interruption, wasted recruiting and training resources, lower employee morale and more.

You may realize that an individual is not a good fit, or a new employee may choose to leave if the job doesn’t match his or her expectations. In both circumstances, many of these separations are due to the fact that the hired individuals did not fit the company culture and therefore lacked productivity, creativity and/or morale.

Culture is the unifying element that holds everyone in an organization together. Unlike an established mission statement, culture encompasses the written and unwritten behavioral norms and expectations of those within the company. Culture can set one company apart from others, and it can include the value of work-life balance issues, the way the company is organized, the extent to which leaders follow through on mission statements and many other factors.

team helping business grow

Companies looking to hire individuals that fit with their culture must first identify and understand it. For instance, if your organization recognizes personal achievements and awards individuals for a job well done, then a team-oriented employee might not be the best fit. But if your company values the total team performance versus the contributions of just one individual, then someone looking for personal recognition might not be as satisfied working for your company.

Ultimately, if the fit is not right between the company and individual, then both will lose interest and the relationship will probably fail.

Importance of a Good Fit

Finding employees who are a good fit for the organization produces the following benefits:

  • Improved employee retention.
  • Enhanced employee performance because most individuals at the company share similar values and aspirations. When people share a common purpose and similar attitude, it can encourage people to perform better.
  • Improved alignment from the top to the bottom and employees may view leadership more positively.

Screening to Find a Cultural Fit

Developing a screening process that integrates prescreening based on your company culture can be accomplished with the following steps.

  1. Ask employees at various levels of the organization how they see your company culture. Then, identify the similarities that arise among individuals—motivations, values, core competencies, etc.
  2. When you can identify what makes the organization successful, you will know what to look for during the selection process. This technique is also helpful in avoiding hiring discrimination allegations because you have defined the key characteristics of your culture, which help you logically and fairly justify your hiring decisions.
  3. Create a brand to describe your organization to potential employees.
  4. Depict your culture accurately so that candidates can filter themselves in or out based on how you describe the company. If they do not see themselves fitting into your culture, they may not even apply.
  5. To make branding more real for prospective employees, provide messages from executives, testimonials from various employees, virtual job tours, etc.
  6. Have candidates complete an online assessment as part of the recruitment process to screen potential candidates based on their qualifications, personality, and other factors. Use properly validated assessments that meet legal and professional standards.
  7. Ask questions about traits that you cannot or do not want to train someone how to do (being self-motivated, possessing integrity, etc.). Questions should determine if candidates have values and competencies that match with the company’s culture.
  8. Ask behavior-related questions and then rate open-ended answers on a scale.
  9. Ask for examples of situations in which candidates faced dilemmas or problems and successfully overcame them.
  10. Role-play during the interview process to observe candidates in action. Or, allow them to try out the position for a day to see if it seems like a good fit for them (and for you).
  11. This step would come after all interviewing is complete, and reference checks and resume verification checks are also done.
  12. Know the laws applicable to hiring.
  13. Create metrics for measuring cultural fit by determining cost-per-hire, time-to-fill, and quality-of-hire data.
  14. Make sure management is trained on how to properly interview for behaviors.
  15. Maintain accurate records of all your hiring decisions. During an audit or discrimination claim, you will need to produce valid justification for your decisions.
  16. Human resources should stay on top of monitoring, learning and studying the culture of the organization, and then design policies that align with the culture. HR should constantly be asking if the organization is truly what it claims, if it needs to modify the culture to be more competitive and if it is remaining compliant with all hiring laws.

MediaStratX and The 21st Century HR Solution

Our Client

Located in Santa Ana, California, MediaStratX is at the forefront of the automotive warranty market. Tripling in size this last year, they seek to provide auto protection plans that help solve the rising costs of repairs for the consumer. MediaStratX brings to the table friendly customer service, while also being able to expand coverage protection plans to meet their customer demands.

Their Challenge

Because of MediaStratX’s rapid growth, they never took a step back to analyze their processes when it came to HR. Manual processes that worked when they had ~30 employees – like Payroll Entry, Onboarding Employees, and Employee Handbook Acknowledgements – were starting to get extremely cumbersome and tedious as they grew. For example, due to their large expansion, MediaStratX was distributing 5-10 hard copy, new hire packets every week, collecting them, and then manually entering employee data into their system. This daunting task alone took 3+ hours every week for the HR team.

The Solution

CorpStrat recommended their branded “21stCentury HR Solution” which is comprised of a dedicated on-site Human Resource Consultant, as well as a fully integrated Payroll and Human Resource Information Software System to completely streamline MediaStratX’s Human Capital Management.

Before we learned about the CorpStrat 21stCentury HR Solution, we were completely lost!  We knew the ins and outs of our industry but didn’t really know how to navigate the constantly changing landscape of HR in Southern California. We couldn’t be happier that CorpStrat showed us the way!” – Jacquelyn Le, COO, MediaStratX

The Results

When fully implemented, CorpStrat’s fully integrated 21st Century HR Solution helped save MediaStratX’s HR team countless hours of administrative work every week that were previously wasted on simple HR tasks. Not only are employees able to log into their employee portal to fill out new hire paperwork, enter hours, acknowledge company policies, and request time off, but now MediaStratX has a partner that will help them, and their employees grow in a streamlined, compliant fashion when it comes to HR.

To learn more about CorpStrat’s 21’st Century HR Solution contact their offices at (818) 377.7260.

The Importance of Quality Employee Benefits in 2019

Remaining competitive in searching for the best and brightest job candidates who will drive business is difficult. Once you find the candidates, you have to convince them that your company is the better option to work for than your competitors.

However, there are ways for employers to take full advantage of certain aspects of their business to win the war on talent. A strategic, quality, and comprehensive benefits package can help you attract and retain your most valued assets, your employees.

According to a survey conducted by Glassdoor in 2015, 4 in 5 Employees Want Benefits or Perks More Than a Pay Raise; Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey (Q3 2015). Employees value a well-rounded selection of benefits, and health insurance plans, a 401(k) plan, life insurance, and dental + vision coverage are a few of the plans that you can consider offering to gain a competitive edge.

Popular Employee Benefit Examples

Benefits packages offer value to your employees and help you, as an employer, boost productivity and retention in a cost-effective manner. Here are a few of the advantages of offering employee benefits as part of your compensation package.

Talent-Oriented Benefits

Employees highly value a quality benefits package offers that go beyond just the minimum health insurance. Developing a strategic benefits package that invests in your top talent can help attract the right job candidates and keep your organization running at peak efficiency.

Once you have these top-performing employees at your company, providing a tailored employee benefits package will serve as a barrier to them leaving—a great benefits package can be a huge advantage when looking at retention strategies because it holds more than just monetary value for the employee.

A bigger salary at another company likely won’t be as strong a pull for an employee tempted to leave if the other company’s benefits package isn’t as attractive as yours. That’s why considering creative offerings from beefed-up paid parental leave policies to implement student loan benefits — think free college tuition, breast milk shipping services and free babysitting services — can make a significant impact in retaining top talent and increasing your bottom line.

Health and Productive-Oriented Benefits

When your benefits package includes a combination of health insurance and dental and vision coverage, you will have employees who are able to take a proactive role in managing their health. They will have easy, affordable access to health care, reducing absenteeism due to illness.

When they are on the job, healthy employees are more productive than sick ones. It’s beneficial for your company’s productivity and your employees when they have access to medical coverage and time off when they are sick.

 Providing Satisfaction

A good benefits package leads to satisfied employees with higher morale. Employees who find value in their benefits are typically more willing to commit to their company because it helps make them feel valued—which leads to increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.

 Efficient Use of Resources

Offering valuable benefits can help lower top employees’ expectations for salary. Many employees are willing to accept good benefits in lieu of a slightly higher salary.

This is an advantage to your budget because the value you present to employees with benefits, especially health insurance plans, can be monetarily equal to a raise in salary for them, while costing you less due to group rates and lower payroll taxes. Employers can avoid the hidden cost of paying extra payroll taxes on higher salary by instead offering benefits to provide similar value to employees.

 Think Long-term

Even if you think you can save a little money in the short term by skimping on employee benefits, you will eventually face the consequences through a lowered ability to attract high-achieving employees, increased difficulty retaining your top performers, and lowered morale and productivity.

Offering a quality array of employee benefits will pay off through a stronger, more productive workforce with employees committed to your company.

Working with CorpStrat will help you develop a strategic benefits package that works for your budget and offers attractive options to your employees. We can also give you access to educational materials for your employees as you launch your new or improved benefits package. Contact us at 800-914-3564 or send an email today.

2019 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

california flag in from of state capital building

California Governor, Jerry Brown, recently signed into law several bills that will have a significant impact on California employers’ workplace obligations. Effective January 1, 2019, the new laws will restrict nondisclosure agreements and certain settlement agreements covering harassment and discrimination claims.

These changes significantly expand harassment training obligations (including for employers of under 50), require female quotas on California-headquartered boards of directors, and potentially require updating lactation accommodations.

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CorpStrat’s Holiday Collaboration

Promoting Holiday Cheer

Clients got in on the action this year by participating in our company’s holiday promotion. A cardboard cutout that looked like an Instagram post was passed around offices to take photos with. The winner – GEAR MANUFACTURING – brought the card to their holiday party and had all the employee take photos with it – like a photo booth. Gear Manufacturing won a pizza party for their entire office on us. Read more for tips on how to better promote all types of events amidst the holidays.