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“Quality is one of the cornerstones of this agency, so candidates who demonstrate quality in their work is an imperative,” says FSC Interactive President McKenzie Coco of the marketing agency’s approach to hiring. It is largely due to this commitment to quality that CareerBuilder recently recognized FSC as the winner of the 2014 Big Strides in Small Business Award, which recognizes small businesses for their innovative hiring and workforce development efforts.
“We have a saying at Netgain: ‘It’s better to have a hole in your team than an A-hole on your team,’” says Scott Warzecha, founder and president of Netgain, when defending his self-described “slow” hiring process. Considering Warzecha recently won Minnesota’s Small Businessman of the Year award, the mantra is clearly working for him. A year after his company won the Big Strides in Small Business Award, Scott Warzecha spoke with CareerBuilder to update us on what has changed in the last year, how he has maintained his collaborative culture and what he does to avoid hiring “A-holes.”
What has the last year been like since winning the Big Strides in Small Business Award?
Are you part of a small business that’s making big strides? If so, CareerBuilder wants to hear from you.
Today marks the kickoff of CareerBuilder’s 3rd annual Big Strides in Small Business contest, which honors small businesses doing big things when it comes to workforce planning and talent development.
If you’re a small business that’s making a concerted effort to develop America’s current and future workforce, that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
“There are two types of employees every company needs: Visionaries and Operators,” said author and business leader Les McKeown during his keynote at the Inc500/5000 Conference last month in Washington, D.C.
“This is a highly productive, symbiotic team,” says the president and CEO of Predictable Success. Visionaries, as the label implies, are great at coming up with ideas and starting projects.
It’s already been a few weeks since the 2013 Inc500|5000 Conference in Washington, D.C., but I’m only now beginning to process the awesomeness of the event. The annual conference honors the fastest-growing businesses in America and brings together some of today’s most intelligent, interesting and charismatic thought leaders.
Because CareerBuilder is a proud sponsor of the conference, I had the pleasure of attending the event myself, and listening to several of this year’s impressive list of conference speakers.
“What we do is very team-oriented, so there’s a lot of collaboration between colleagues here,” says Michael Elliott, the chief operating officer of Customer Effective, a Greenville, S.C.-based customer relationship management consultancy. It is this collaborative work environment that has helped Customer Effective attract and retain great employees since the company was founded a decade ago. It is also part of the reason why, last month, CareerBuilder recognized Customer Effective as a 2013 Big Strides in Small Business finalist.
“We don’t micromanage our people. We empower them.” This is the rally cry at Impact Networking, a company that recognizes that success is dependent on the people it employs. For this reason, Impact focuses on recruiting talented, motivated and enthusiastic candidates who are passionate about building their careers, not simply earning paychecks. It’s hardly a wonder why Impact has been recognized by the likes of the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Business Chicago and Inc.
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