At the April 2019 CEOtoCEO Breakfast in Bellevue, Troy Johnson, Kim Bourget, and Thane Liffick of Slalom Consulting shared the “secret sauce” to hiring that continually earns Slalom “Best Places to Work” recognition.
“ABR” is the Slalom mantra. “Always Be Recruiting.” Recruiting, that is, is not just a task to be delegated to an HR department or a recruiter. Rather, it is a top-down exercise in tenacity with everyone from the executive suite to the newest hires playing an active role.
There are effectively two sides to this recruiting approach – internal and external.
Internally, Slalom follows a philosophy of “re-recruiting every day.” From day one, regular check-ins with employees to discuss career goals, address personal concerns, or just talk, are routine. In addition, all employees are encouraged to “name the ten best people they’ve ever worked with” and then go and recruit them.
Externally, awards and recognition, such as Seattle Business’s Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work rankings, go a long way towards building a brand and a culture that stands out to prospective hires.
Not every company may be looking to scale to 6500+ employees as did Slalom, but the insight Troy, Kim, and Thane offered are relevant to the success of any business, regardless of size.
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