Archive for September, 2017
For the third year in a row, Willory has been awarded a spot on the NorthCoast 99, which recognizes workplaces in Northeast Ohio dedicated to developing top talent. This year Willory was awarded the “Challenging and Meaningful Work” category winner. We are honored and humbled to receive this award again and it is with that humility that we present a series of blogs examining how Willory has created an award-winning culture.
From day one Willory has focused on “doing right” by our team members. If you look at Willory’s values you’ll notice a very important one, “Inspire professional growth.” It’s not first or last, but it’s equally as important as the others. When we updated our values 18 months ago we knew values were obviously important to have documented. Additionally, because we live by our values, we wanted to ensure growth and development played an important role in our culture.
While my background has been more focused on general human resources, by working with the Willory team on their own professional development, I’ve been able to expand my expertise on the subject.
Happy new iPhone month! For many of us, either every September or every other September is the time we upgrade our phones – this year being no different. A few weeks ago Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X in the Steve Jobs Theater. Other than feeding my inner nerd, the event reminded me of one of Jobs’ most effective management tactics: walking meetings.
Jobs loved the walking meetings as a way to have effective communication, get away from distractions and be more productive. Whether you’ve read the Jobs’ biography, seen the movie or just heard anecdotes – you’ve probably heard how effective they were for him – so are walking meetings something YOU should be doing? Let’s consider the following:
According to a study by the Harvard Medical School, walking for 2.5 hours a week, that’s just 21 minutes daily, can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. The study, backed by a Harvard Business Review study also shows that walking keeps individuals mentally sharp and opens minds and increases the flow of ideas.
If you follow us on social media or are attending OH SHRM Conference this week, you may have noticed an increase in rainbow unicorn-related marketing. Did it make you stop to wonder why on earth we’re doing something so drastically different from our normal marketing? The simple answer: it’s all to grab your attention.
But answers are rarely ever simple, are they?
Sometimes an organization’s culture develops purely organically through individual personalities and company-wide events. But more often than not this culture is also formed and augmented by a personal vision, typically provided by an individual in HR, internal communications, or if an organization is fortunate – the CEO. This individual or group of individuals also takes time to analyze the culture and work alongside employees to establish a culture in which employees and the company can thrive together.
After completing a recent Recruitment Analysis (not familiar with Willory’s newest service? Click here for more details), a startling realization hit me: majority of companies are having trouble recruiting and retaining employees because their entire recruiting strategy isn’t properly aligned. It’s causing unnecessarily long time to fill job orders and higher than expected turnover rates.
When my daughter was a newborn, I envisioned a future where I could be both successful in business and in-tune with my family’s daily needs. It was important for me to find a way to support my family in every way possible, on a reliably consistent basis.