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2-11: Find a New Perspective: Building Empathy in the Workplace Culture

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-11: Find a New Perspective: Building Empathy in the Workplace Culture

Have you ever noticed how contagious emotions are? It is very clear that when someone is bursting with joy, it’s hard not to join in and share with their happiness. Just picture someone doing something they love or getting a great surprise. This can also go the opposite way. If people around you are unhappy, stressed, or even hostile, you are affected just by being in the same room or office space with them and your conte…

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2.10 How to Determine Your Core Values as an Organization

Friday, Oct 2, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2.10: How to Determine Your Core Values as an Organization

Whether your organization is a well-established player in the market or a fresh new startup based out of your garage, core values are a necessity. While they may seem much less important than other tasks and objectives to keep the company running smoothly, they are the bedrock on which the organization’s culture and operations are based. The structure, mission, strategy, and goals of an organization are all influenced heavily by its v…

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2.9 Being Together Apart: Strengthening Company Culture During COVID-19

Friday, Sep 25, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-9: Being Together Apart: Strengthening Company Culture During COVID-19

Even as some professionals are once again transitioning to working in the office, most employees are still working remotely. Attempting to work from home on your couch with your significant other, kids, and pets all jockeying for attention can be a lot to manage. It has been said countless times and in countless ways that this is an extremely trying time in the world. The intellectual and emotional strain of responding t…

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2.8: Is Cultural Fit Really Values Fit?

Thursday, Sep 3, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-8: Is Cultural Fit Really Values Fit?

The debate between cultural fit versus values fit can be as confusing as your child’s elementary school math homework they asked for help with. It may feel a bit daunting to wade through the differing opinions to determine which your organization should really be focusing on. This polarizing discussion pits culture against values, when in fact, they are related. Many articles and professionals, both off and online, passionately make the case that only o…

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2.7 Don't Be a Social Chameleon: How to Build Authentic Workplace Culture

Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-7: Don’t Be a Social Chameleon: How to Build Authentic Workplace Culture

At one time or another, we have all experienced the feeling that we needed to be a social chameleon. Whether this was in the workplace or a social gathering, you may have felt that just blending in and agreeing with the group would garner acceptance and respect (and frankly just make your life easier). Additionally, have you ever noticed that you are almost a completely different person at work than you are at home…

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12.1 Write Your Playbook: How to Build Core Values and a Mission Statement for Your Organization

Sunday, Aug 9, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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12-1: Write Your Playbook: How to Build Core Values and a Mission Statement for Your Organization**

Athletes would never go into a game, match, meet, or competition without a plan, so why should an organization? An athlete both masters the physical technical aspects of their sport along with training their mind to ensure they have the mental agility and clarity to solve problems and keep striving towards their goals. A football team would not step foot on the field without knowing the pla…

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11.1: Interviewing Tips for Hiring Managers

Friday, Jul 31, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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11-1: Interviewing Tips for Hiring Managers

Interviews can be stressful situations for interviewee and interviewer alike. It is an important meeting, whether in person, over the phone, or through a video call that can have significant impacts on the company if the candidate is hired. A great hire brings a great deal of value to an organization, but if an employee that is not a good cultural fit leaves, more than human capital is lost. According to a 2016 SHRM article, the average cost of an e…

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3.2 : Part 2 Improving the Screening Process & How Priority Bridge Can Help

Friday, Jul 17, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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3-2: Part 2 Improving the Screening Process & How Priority Bridge Can Help

The screening process may be many things: tedious, monotonous, time consuming, and at times less than effective, but it doesn’t have to be. Screening is an essential part of the hiring process as it attempts to find the best matches between candidates and the job description itself, closely noting the qualifications, skills, and cultural fit. As trusted executive assistants are the gatekeepers for filtering out appointme…

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10-1: Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Make Recruiting Easier

Friday, Jul 10, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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10-1: Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How Priority Bridge Can Make Recruiting Easier

Finding a needle in a haystack is challenging. Do you know what is even more difficult? Finding a job candidate that checks all the qualification boxes and is also a spectacular cultural fit for a company. Another essential factor of the talent acquisition process is making sure it is free of any biases the recruiter may have, whether they know it or not.

There’s no doubt about it - recruiting can be hard wor…

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9.1 Employee Engagement: When a Job is Not Just a Job

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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9-1: Employee Engagement: When a Job is Not Just a Job

For some, a job is simply a means to earn a paycheck and nothing more. The work may be dull and unrewarding and the individual may feel unsupported or that their hard work has gone unnoticed. They have few, if any, work friends, and there is little training opportunity offered by the company for professional development. They feel their job is just an effective way to throw away eight hours of their daily life (and maybe a bit of thei…

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2.6 Who Doesn’t Want a Good Work-Life Balance?

Thursday, Jun 25, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-6: Who Doesn’t Want a Good Work-Life Balance?

Jennifer finally left the office and drove home in the rush hour traffic on a Friday night after finishing up her typical sixty-hour work week. She had plans to go out tonight to meet up with some old friends, but cancelled last minute using the excuse that one of her children wasn’t feeling well when in reality, Jennifer is simply too exhausted to even think about dressing up, driving somewhere, and expending even more energy she doesn’t have s…

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2.5 Benchmark Your Cultural Fit

Monday, Jun 22, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2.5 Benchmark your Cultural Fit

A Sigmoid Curve is a mathematical function having an “S” shaped curve. It has time on the horizontal axis and activity on the vertical axis. Most everything can be described by five stages:

The initial development stage The concept– product is presented A The concept– product experiences sharp growth Growth slows as maturity of the concept– product sets in The idea declines B

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8.1 Strategy Driven Leadership - Top 5 Take-aways

Saturday, Jun 20, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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8.1 Strategy Driven Leadership - Top 5 Take-Aways

Strategy Driven Leadership is a new book written by Michael Couch and Richard Citrin, as a playbook to use to develop the next generation of leaders. Every business book has at least one good concept. Here I will review the Top Five Take-Aways as well as some great one-liners from Strategy Driven Leadership.

One Liners:

If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain, If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees, If you want 100 y…

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4.3 Cultural Fit Tests Don't Work - Priority Bridge's Cultural Fit Assessment DOES Work!

Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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4.3 Cultural Fit Tests Don’t Work - Priority Bridge’s Cultural Fit Assessment DOES Work

Oftentimes, conversations discuss how to assess a candidate’s skills and/or competencies. However, when it comes to evaluating cultural fit, the discussions are about interviews, tests, questionnaires, exercises, trial days or references. What you should be trying to uncover is which candidate is most compatible with the organization and the team they will be working with.

  • 92% feel cultural fit is m…

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6.1 How to Stop the Revolving Door and Improve Employee Retention

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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6.1 How to Stop the Revolving Door and Improve Employee Retention

Do you feel like the employees at your company do not tend to stick around for an extended period of time? Does the prospect of finding a new hire for the same position you filled six months ago fill you with a sense of overwhelming dread? Do the thoughts of all the effort and paperwork required to hire someone new feel pointless because the individual will simply leave in a year? If any of these thoughts have crossed your …

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7.1 Protecting your hiring process from litigation

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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7.1 Protecting your hiring process from litigation

The EEOC has looked at millions of allegations of discriminatory practices. Many of them stem from actions during or as a result of an employment interview process. Biases can be a result of first impressions, affinity bias, stereotyping, non-verbal behaviors, gender, race or a personal feeling. Many hiring decisions are made in the first few minutes.

To reduce the potential for litigation, the process should be as follows:

  • Standardized …

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6.2 Cost of Employee Turnover

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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6.2 Cost of Employee Turnover

The cost of a bad hire causing employee turnover varies. It could be a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. The cost depends on the industry, the position, the location, etc.

Some studies (SHRM) say it takes 6-9 months salary to pay for just recruitment and training costs. The total costs have to include the following:

  • Advertising
  • Interview time
  • Screening costs
  • Training
  • Management Time
  • Lost Productivity
  • Lost Productivity

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5-1: It’s Time to Clean Your Glasses: Eliminating Bias in the Hiring Process

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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5-1: It’s Time to Clean Your Glasses: Eliminating Bias in the Hiring Process

Bias, diversity, and inequality. These are all extremely important topics in both a broad cultural sense as well as in business. Bias occurs in the hiring process every day, even if individuals involved in the process are unaware of this fact. Taking clear actions to identify biases when hiring will not only make recruiting new talent a more level playing field but also strengthen a company in more ways than one. The…

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4-2 Measuring Cultural Fit

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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4 - 2 Measuring Cultural Fit

Finding The Best Cultural Fit Assessment Tool

Searching the web for the best tool to use in assessing cultural fit leads you to some sites that use the antiquated and inefficient Likert scale, sites that provide you with interview questions, and sites that provide you with recruiting tools. It is the same old stuff that has not provided the solutions for improved hiring metrics.

Assessing Fit

There are a number of methods that have been used in assessing cu…

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2-4 Great Cultural Fit is Like Kismet: Some Things are Just Meant to Be.

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2- 4: Great Cultural Fit is Like Kismet: Some Things are Just Meant to Be.

Picture this. As you gasp for breath with tears in your eyes after laughing surprisingly hard at a hilarious joke, you wonder how you and a person you met less than five minutes ago at a dinner party can hit it off so well. You then proceed to have an intellectually stimulating conversation about what feels like anything and everything. You both seem to be on the same wavelength, having common interests to bond over, but…

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4-1 Do Your Assessment Surveys Use 100 Year Old Tech?

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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Do Your Assessment Surveys Use 100 Year Old Technology?

We have all been asked questions which sound something like the following: How much did you like your experience, or rate your opinion, (on a scale of 1 to 10: or of 1 to 5)? Sometimes, numbers are replaced by responses such as: always, sometimes, never or other variations. This is the Likert scale. It is the most widely used assessment tool and contains inherent flaws.

Almost 100 Year Old Technology

100 years ago vacuum clea…

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2-3 Anti-Discrimination and Cultural Fit

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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Cultural Fit Eliminates Discrimination

The Problem is the Definition of Cultural Fit

If hiring teams see cultural fit only in terms of certain personality traits, i.e. “They remind myself of me,” they will restrict the creativeness of their organization. Cultural fit is not a static objective. It will change as the organization changes. Cultural fit measures how an individual is aligned to the culture of an organization. Lacking a consensus of the meaning of cultural fit will lead to dis…

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3-1 Improving the Screening Process

Friday, May 29, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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3-1 Improving the Screening Process

Employment screening is always difficult. The goal is to decrease the number of applicants so that you have a select few, highly qualified candidates. Now we find ourselves in even more difficult times with the Covid-19 virus upending our economy and adding millions of people to the unemployment rolls. HR managers who are hiring will find themselves in the increasingly difficult situation of trying to sift through mountains of resumes with the goal of findi…

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2-1 Cultural Fit is not a Clone, Inc.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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2-1 Cultural Fit

Cultural Fit is not Clone, Inc.

2-1 Cultural Fit

Cultural fit describes whether an individual’s motivations conform with the culture of an organization. Is the individual’s drive in parallel with that of the company or organization they are with?

Not Clone, Inc.

The best example of what I mean is the cosmos.

Look up and you see a diverse group of planets, meteors, moons, universes working in somewhat harmony. They are not identical. They are diverse, each doing their…

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2-2 Business Culture and Studebaker

Sunday, May 24, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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Business Culture and Studebaker

2-2 Business Culture

Unique and Individual Individuals, groups, associations and businesses all have unique compositions. This is not their core values, but it is how they currently engage those in their group and those outside their group based on their core values. Those outside their groups include vendors, past customers, current customers, perspective employees, etc.…

Not Core Values Core Values are laid in the foundation of a business by the …

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1-2 Part 2 Meeting Settings More Productive HR On-line Meetings

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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Part 2 More Productive HR On-line Meetings

1-2 MEETING SETTINGS

A previous blog, Safeguarding Your Human resources Meetings, discussed steps to be taken before a meeting starts to increase the privacy of your meetings. This blog will discuss what can be done to give the host control once the meeting begins. Control will create better run meetings, eliminate meeting distractions, and improve the outcomes. The host has numerous tools that can be implemented during a meeting. To increase sec…

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1-1 Part 1 Safeguarding Your Human Resources Zoom Meetings

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by -Priority Bridge
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1.1 Part 1 Safeguarding Your Human Resources Zoom Meetings VIRTUAL MEETING SETTINGS

Much of what is discussed in human resources virtual meetings involves retention, hiring and culture. Zoom is the most widely used platform but has received unwarranted publicity regarding others breaking into private meetings. Zoom Video Communications, Inc. released suggestions on safeguarding meetings, many of which are included here.

There are measures you can take prior to the meeting taking place.

The ho…

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