#1 SMALL COMPANY
Best Places to Work: Hire Dynamics
Fun, recognition keep staffing firm humming along
Nov 20, 2015, 6:00am EST
It’s probably no surprise that a staffing company repeatedly honored as a top workplace would share what it has learned over the years with its clients.
That information is on the Hire Dynamics website. It features three practices to becoming a Best Place to Work:
• Commitment from senior management.
• Positive attitudes and practices are the norm.
• Clarity and consistency foster success.
Becoming an exceptional workplace, the company says, “leads to positive results at the heart of the business where it counts — within walls of your organization and the lives of those that comprise it.”
There’s that. There’s also this, from Charlotte Regional Manager Karen Risse: “This is the ‘funnest’ place I’ve ever worked.”
Want proof of success? The industrywide retention rate for staffing agencies is 40%. At Atlanta-based Hire Dynamics, it’s 84%.
“It’s amazing,” Risse says. “We really try to make sure people work hard and want to have fun. The reason we’re successful is we hire people who understand that what we do matters.”
The “work hard” part can include night and weekend hours, she admits. Hire Dynamics’ clients include logistics providers and manufacturers. If a contractor can’t work a late or weekend shift, someone from the company will need to manage the situation.
But the “have fun” part includes feasting on celebratory brownies, honoring employee milestones with a party or dressing up for a goofy team photo. There’s a whole closet stocked with photo props, in fact.
The Charlotte-based team is small, with six people in the office, two working off-site and another four flex workers. Everyone knows each other.
“I love my Hire Dynamics family,” writes one employee in nominating the company for the Best Places to Work program. “We have experienced a great deal of growth within the past 12 months, and our leadership has been there through thick and thin. I am grateful to be a part of such an appreciative team.”
That means routinely providing pats on the back for a job well-done, Risse says, both formally and spontaneously.
She thinks the company’s commitment to training also is important to employee satisfaction. Training occurs at least monthly, often at corporate headquarters in Atlanta. It’s a good chance to engage with the broader team, she says.
Hire Dynamics also supports employees in becoming certified staffing professionals and senior staffing specialists.
Outside the office, the company teams with nonprofit organizations such as the Urban League, Dress for Success and Catholic refugee charities for volunteer work. Employees also support one another’s church events and community ministries, Risse says.
“We are not only able to provide for our clients, but help the people who need it most,” one employee says. “Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that really helps the community and genuinely cares about people?”