Top employers realize that engagement is an effective tool to boost bottom-line results through alignment and increased productivity. Most importantly, engagement also helps to build a competitive employer brand that attracts, retains, and inspires the best and the brightest talent.
We recently interviewed Kimberly Rath, co-chairman of Talent Plus, which has been recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in both 2011 and 2012 for their leadership and innovation in engaging their workplace. The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards will recognize 50 U.S.-based companies as well as 50 Canadian companies in 2013. Specifically, Talent Plus has been recognized because of their vision, values, hiring protocol, and that they value being a purpose driven workplace.
Rath has over 25 years of experience in human resources and is a recognized leader in the field of executive development and human resources in the United States and Asia. Demonstrating a strong commitment to others, Rath helps clients reach their highest growth potential through talent-based strategies. As Talent Plus’ managing director and co-chairman, she has driven the company’s growth—Talent Plus now has offices in Lincoln, Nebraska; Singapore; and presence in Bogotá, Colombia.
Talent Plus provides a scientific methodology to improve an organization’s culture one employee at a time. People are most effective when they can utilize their strengths to do work they enjoy. The goal of Talent Plus is to help its clients and their employees express this talent to the mutual benefit of the individual and the organization.
According to Rath, Talent Plus believes that every person has talent, and talent’s expression is dependent upon the opportunity to express it. Talent Plus promises its employees that it will be a compelling place to work, a great place for clients to do business, and a good citizen in the community.
Rath expressed that one of the greatest benefits of an engaged workplace is discretionary effort. When employees are really engaged, they do things that are unexpected or provide that “wow” factor. For instance, their receptionist gets a lot of calls for a local hospital because of a similar phone number. She automatically transfers them to the hospital even though nobody told her to do that. Because she’s so engaged, she treats everyone as a number-one customer and wants to take care of them. This is one example of how Talent Plus’s employees go above and beyond because they are engaged. Rath stressed that having an engaged workplace is essential to Talent Plus’s bottom line.
Talent Plus takes a lot of pride in their selection protocol. They build scientific aptitude assessments and structured interviews that evaluate candidates, which show where people have more potential to excel. Talent Plus uses its own tools for their selection. If they find a good fit, the candidate meets with a Talent Acquisition Leader and then moves on to a leader in that business unit and then to the team members. Talent Plus puts a lot of time and effort into hiring.
Talent Plus applied to the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards through a referral from the Great Place to Work Institute. Talent Plus believes receiving awards like this significantly impacts recruitment because people who apply to Talent Plus know that they have an award-winning culture, as well as their clients like knowing that they have partnered with an engaged culture.
For more information about Talent Plus and other top employers’ best practices around engagement, make sure to register for the upcoming webinar, Why engaged employees are the ticket to business profitability and success, on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 10 am PDT/ 1pm EDT.