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Hiring The Right People and Keeping Them Motivated

People

Question: How do you make sure you hire the right people? 

Jason Kulpa: Understand your own company’s culture and looking for those traits in a potential hire. During the interview process, ask questions that will highlight the aspects you are looking for within a candidate. Although a candidate might appear great on paper, it’s important to take a holistic approach to the hiring process and look for other qualifications such as their values or interpersonal skills. I like to look for people with “an entrepreneurial spirt”, it show innovation and a desire to work.  

Question: If a team member has done great work, how do you showcase that in a way that the whole team can rally behind without resentment or favoritism? Please discuss how you achieve this in your business.

Jason Kulpa: On the last Thursday of each month, our entire company gathers for an all-teams meeting to discuss company happenings, events, and highlight team achievements. At this time, two employees are selected and presented with handmade “Certificates of Achievement” based on an outstanding performance that month. This moment at our company meeting is a lighthearted way to recognize employee achievement in front of the company, while also encouraging others to work hard to receive the certificates the next month

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Jason’s Advice for Job-Seeking Millennials

Millennials

Q: What’s one unconventional piece of career advice you would give to millennials entering the workplace?

Jason Kulpa: Look for a company that will make a difference in both your life and the community. The company should also be a place where you feel like you can make an impact. Make sure the company’s mission aligns with your aspirations, and look to see if you will be important in the company’s overall journey.

Does the company have a mission that you believe in? Are you important in the company’s overall journey? Choose a company that has an open position that fits your skill sets and desires. This way, you’ll be engaged and motivated to work every day to not only fill that role, but to also to expand and transform it.

Look for companies with professional development options — that’s a sure sign they are committed to investing in employee growth. Encouraging this type of growth shows that your company wants you to stay for an extended period of time.

You want to work somewhere you’re happy to go every day, so it’s crucial to look at how the company is run and what the culture is like. A company that emphasizes mentorship is important, too, especially for millennials. This can help you find your true passion at work.

Read more of Jason’s advice in his Glassdoor article here

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