Functional audits, including those for HR, aren’t just about compliance. They can transform the way your HR department aligns with your organization’s business objectives. As HR plays a key role in standardizing processes, identifying risk areas, and strategically tying HR goals to business goals, Willory can help guide your company in its transformation.
Every hiring manager and candidate’s preference is to work for an employer offering premier benefits, has a solid company brand that reflects a culture of social responsibility and provides ongoing employee development opportunities. The reality for hiring managers and candidates alike is that not all companies have unlimited budgets or ideal working conditions due to circumstances that are often out of their control to compete with Fortune 500 or entrepreneurial organizations with forward-thinking leadership.
Sadly, sexual harassment claims are dominating the “entertainment” headlines these days. It seems that far too many men of power (Harvey Weinstein) and actors (Kevin Spacey) have abused workplace power and hurt far too many in the process.
I hate cancer. It has affected so many great people that I know including several immediate family members. My mom, dad, and sister are all cancer survivors while we (not unlike other families) lost family members much too early in their lives. We still feel the impact of their loss every day, even as many years have passed since they lost their fight.
In the coming days and weeks, you’re going to see a lot more activity on the Willory blog as we’re participating in National Blog Writing Month. We’ve taken the first week to prepare, now we’re ready to share what we’ve been working on. As Willory’s marketing coordinator, I challenged the team to put on their sharing hats so we can provide even more great content as we head toward the end of the year and what’s often a transitional time for many.
October 25th marks Willory's seventh anniversary as John Benatovicz launched the firm in 2010 on this date. As we celebrate what's become the leading HR & payroll staffing and consulting firm in the midwest, we sat down with John to get his thoughts on seven moments in Willory history.
Q: When did you first think of starting the company and the name "Willory?"
A: I thought of the name "Willory" when I was lying in my one-month-old daughter’s room trying to get her to fall asleep. Nine months later I started the firm that combine my two kids' names - Will and Mallory.
Q: When did you realize the company was going to "make it" and go on to do big things?
A: I had confidence that a) there was a need for Willory's unique services and b) that I would be able to match professionals with firms looking to hire. But once I got Bob Haas and Jamie Rugh on board and they were making placements, gaining traction, and starting to excel I could see a growth path that was really exciting - and thankfully we've exceeded my then lofty expectations.
Q: Is there a moment or experience in the past seven years that was especially challenging or that was a learning moment for you, personally?
A: Three years in we decided to acquire the staffing department of The HR Department which brought with it additional clients as well as an integral member of our team, Lesa Mamula. Rapid growth (in staff and revenues) can be challenging for a leader as you find yourself stretched thin and relying on your team more and more. The experience forced me to be more clear and concise with my vision along with ensuring we were more thorough and strategic with our planning and execution.
Q: Looking back, is there anything you would like a mulligan or redo?
A: I am not big on regrets. Everything happens for a reason and you grow through your trials and tribulations. I frankly wouldn’t redo anything.
Q: What’s an under-the-radar decision you’ve made that people on the outside might not realize has been instrumental to Wiillory’s continued success?
A: The development and expansion of our consulting practice has broadened our ability provide a full-service approach to helping clients transform their HR & payroll functions through our Staffing service coupled with our Employee Life Cycle and HCM consulting practice. Clients have leveraged our firm's expertise to ensure they are leveraging best practices and are in full compliance with their people, process and technology.
Q: What's your favorite Willory memory?
A: There are so many... I probably have forgotten more than I remember. A few that come to mind include our 5th anniversary party which was a pretty big milestone in my mind, receiving Weatherhead 100 and NorthCoast 99 recognition, our holiday celebrations and team events including a 2016 Halloween contest where everyone went all-out, and meeting each and every team member we have today.
Q: Looking ahead to Willory's future, what are you looking forward to?
A: Continuing to see each of our team members grow personally and professionally while we look to grow the firm into new geographies and welcoming the myriad of new customers and HR and payroll professionals that we will be adding to our “family” over the next few years.
For the third year in a row, Willory has been awarded a spot on the NorthCoast 99, which recognizes workplaces in Northeast Ohio dedicated to developing top talent. This year Willory was awarded the “Challenging and Meaningful Work” category winner. We are honored and humbled to receive this award again and it is with that humility that we present a series of blogs examining how Willory has created an award-winning culture.
Happy new iPhone month! For many of us, either every September or every other September is the time we upgrade our phones – this year being no different. A few weeks ago Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X in the Steve Jobs Theater. Other than feeding my inner nerd, the event reminded me of one of Jobs’ most effective management tactics: walking meetings.
A recent study showed that in 2017, lying on a resume is more in vogue than ever. In fact, nearly half (46%) said they know someone who’s lied on a resume (which is like saying I am not asking for me, I am asking for a friend). This is more than double the number reported in 2011 (21%).