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3 Low Cost Solutions for Improving Your Company's Culture

Posted by  Lindsey Burke

culture-office.jpgMore and more, companies are realizing the importance of focusing time, money, and effort on their culture. You can offer the right paying job to any candidate, but without the right practices, values, goals, and other areas that make up a company’s culture, you can only retain a top employee for so long.

Most organizations understand that they should be spending time assessing leadership, reassessing pay/benefits, and talking more with employees about what changes they want to see, but often times, the subtlest, cost effective changes can mean the most. Below are three low-cost solutions to improving your company’s culture.


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Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by  Mark Rogers

Countdown.jpgIt’s been another great year for Select International’s blog. We set new records for number of views, shares, and subscribers. That’s a direct result of our goal for this blog. We always try to create quality content that informs, educates, and sometimes entertains our readers. In 2016, we published 124 posts on this blog. That’s more than we’ve ever published, and it has really paid off.

With the year ending in just a few days, we thought it would be a good time to countdown our top 5 blog posts of the past year, just in case you missed any.

Let’s start with number 5…


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The 10 Most Popular Human Resources Articles of 2016

Posted by  Mark Rogers

top-10.jpgIt’s that time of the year – time for countdowns and celebrations. We decided that it would be a good time to do some research and find the most popular Human Resource related articles of 2016. Our rankings are based off of the articles that received the most social media shares in 2016. Some of these articles are focused directly on HR, others are leadership focused, and others are about company culture.

Let’s kick this off starting with number 10 and heading to number 1. After all, who doesn’t love a good countdown?


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The Truth About Employee Wellness Programs: Do They Provide ROI?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

employee-wellness.jpgOut with the old, in with the new. That's the motto that many companies are channeling when looking at their wellness programs. A decade ago, workplace wellness focused on half-baked smoking cessation plans or free flu shots. Today, companies are constantly developing new and innovative benefits and programs to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and mindfulness at work.

For example, companies are swapping out conference rooms for napping rooms (AOL), meditation rooms (Sweetgreen, Twitter, Salesforce), or rooms with treadmill desks (Zillow). Other companies are encouraging employees to do more outside of the workplace by paying for employees to participate in local runs (Primal Wear) or encouraging employees to use company-owned kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in San Francisco Bay (Glassdoor).


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5 Ideas You Can Take from Hubspot to Make Your Culture Exceptional

Posted by  Mark Rogers

culture-ideas.jpgEveryone knows that some companies place a lot of emphasis on their cultures, but at the end of the day, does it really matter? Who actually cares about company culture? In fact, there are plenty of articles that say culture is a myth. This one for example. I don’t believe that culture is a myth, though. I’m betting you don’t either. So what is a company culture and how do you get a great one?

Having a bunch of cool perks leads to a good culture, right? Not really. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to define, so let’s break down the culture of a company who is constantly rated as one of the best places to work in America.


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7 Aspects of Netflix's Company Culture That You'll Want to Copy

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

netflix.jpgWe always hear the phrase, “culture makes the place.” Culture sets the tone for the entire workplace and can be a big driver as to whether individuals want to come to work there and stay working there. We hear about cool cultures of Silicon Valley companies all the time…free lunches, ping pong tables, nap rooms, and lots of other perks.

But does a cool culture equate to the success of a company? Not necessarily. When shaping their culture, Netflix not only sought to build a strong company culture, but they defined the culture in a way that would motivate high performance at the same time. Netflix’s approach to culture and talent is unique because (1) it has worked – they are very successful and (2) it is based on common sense. So, how does Netflix determine their culture? Let’s take a look at the 7 aspects that make up their culture.


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4 Actionable Steps to Improving Your Organization's Culture

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

company-culture-1.jpgLately, more organizations are making changes to their cultures and what they determine to be important to their identity. One potential cause of this may be the increased retirement rates of baby boomers, with their leadership positions being filled by Gen X’ers and Millennials looking to shake things up and make their mark. Another reason may be that companies see their competitors redefining who they are and are simply following suit.

Whatever the reason, a popular question organizations are asking themselves these days is, “Who are we?”. After answering that question, a slew of developmental initiatives often follow, aimed at realigning policies and procedures with the new culture and identity that was decided upon. The success of these initiatives depends wholly on the manner in which they’re carried out. A poorly planned endeavor fueled only by the enthusiasm for it is destined to crash and burn, causing more harm than good in the end. To avoid that, follow these four steps geared towards ensuring the success of organizational culture improvements.


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How to Build a Culture Like Google's (Even If You Aren't Google)

Posted by  Bekah Regan

google-culture.jpgWhen you think of the “best place to work,” what comes to mind? For many of us, I would imagine Google surfaces rather quickly. We start picturing ergonomic lounge chairs, gourmet lunches, onsite laundry, and other conveniences. It must be so easy for them to attract and retain top talent, right? I mean really, who wouldn’t want to work there?

What we often overlook is that Google wasn’t always that way – there was a time when Google was young, when the company didn’t have the incredible resources it has now. In his book Work Rules!, Laszlo Bock (head of Google’s People Operations) reminds us that, “Fun is an outcome of who we [Google] are, rather than the defining characteristic.” The novelty of perks, prizes, and tangible rewards wear off rather quickly. What attracts candidates and sustains employee loyalty are the shared experiences, energy, and atmosphere of your company. It’s the passion, not the perks, that culture is built upon.


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The Culture Checklist: Do You Work in a Good Organizational Culture?

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

culture-checklist.jpgThe word ‘culture’ is tossed around so frequently in workplaces that it’s developed countless definitions, interpretations, and stigmas. Some view it as an unnecessary endeavor (“A paycheck should be enough!”), others have misguided understandings of it and try to perfectly copy another company’s culture, and many others consider it so vague and enigmatic they simply don’t know where to start.

Organizational culture, stripped down to its most basic elements, refers to the general internal atmosphere cultivated by a company, and it is often driven by their corporate mission and values. This can encompass details such as how they treat their employees and where they focus efforts for development, and is often reflected in their policies and procedures. Because every organization is different, embracing different values and beliefs, very rarely will two companies share identical cultures. Since every company has a different culture, it can be hard to tell if the company you work for has a good one.


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6 Companies With Incredible Perks

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

office-culture.jpgWhat’s the best way to make sure that the top talent you’ve recruited stays at your organization? Make them want to stay. An organization that can offer benefits and employee perks on a high enough level will very rarely have to worry about an employee leaving due to not being satisfied. What are some of these extracurriculars and perks that keep top talent from even thinking about leaving? The six companies below seem to have it figured out.


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