Last week, the Chicago Tribune named Advanced Resources to its “Top 100 Workplaces” list for the fifth consecutive year. This is a tremendous honor for our organization and we are proud to be listed among our high-performing peers.
Research has shown that companies who focus on creating a great workplace can produce superior business performance and we know this to be true at Advanced Resources. Being an employer of choice and working to have a highly engaged workforce results in better retention, stronger customer satisfaction, and industry-leading performance.
What does it take to become a Top Workplace? We asked Advanced Resources’ president, Rich Diaz for his insight on the topic.
“Becoming a top workplace boils down to one thing: our team. Our team lives out our mission and vision every day. Our team creates exceptional experiences for our clients and candidates. Our team makes this a fun and vibrant place to work. To be a Top Workplace you have to focus on your team," said Diaz.
Sometimes this is easier said than done. Building a high-performing team is a systemic challenge with many contributing factors. You have to hire the best talent that you can, and to do that you have to have attractive, challenging opportunities and a strong culture. You have to offer the right compensation and benefits structure. You have to create an enticing candidate experience. Once your talent is onboarded you need effective training and development. You have to give your talent strong leaders and managers. Operationally you have to give your people the tools they need to perform. You have to challenge your talent, motivate them, and reward/recognize when greatness happens.
You also have to make hard decisions and have tough conversations when performance isn’t happening or when cultural value systems aren’t aligned. At Advanced we have always believed that there’s what you do (your job responsibilities) balanced with how you do it (embodying the organization’s vision, mission, and values in every aspect of the business).
The benefits of being a Top Workplace are many. The recognition builds our employer brand. It builds our business brand. It helps us attract and retain the best and brightest people. The staffing industry at its core is a people business. Our business centers around workforce management and staffing strategy; we should be aiming for excellence so we can, in turn, provide value to our clients. And we still have plenty of work to do to truly be an employer of choice!
What things does your organization do to become a top workplace? What has been successful, and what hasn’t worked as well as you hoped?