Trustworthiness Is A Professional Competency….Agree?

Trustworthiness Is A Professional Competency….Agree?

The first job of a leader at work or at home is to inspire trust. It is to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

That quote is from Stephen Covey who was an American educator, businessman, keynote speaker and author of the famous book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. It means that Trust is equal to Engagement which results in increased performance.

Trustworthiness at a workplace is being honest, dependable and being reliable to get things done right. Without trust, allies can become enemies. However, trustworthiness is not just about employees feeling good about the company, but also having the confidence that a leader instills trust in the organization which contributes to the employee’s engagement and retention.

The article “Building Trust at Workplace– How Important Is It?” listed down the six consequences of lack of trust in the workplace which includes:

  1. Lower productivity
  2. No delegation of authority
  3. A load of work increases
  4. New ideas will not be welcomed
  5. Increased cost
  6. Competitors may win

A leader should also be trustworthy. There’s an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review by Professor David DeSteno of  Northeastern University entitled “Who Can You Trust?” which shows the results performed on research about trustworthiness. It answered the questions “Are we trustworthy?” and “How does trustworthiness look like to those we interact with?” It also includes 4 points to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to do business with a new partner.

  • Integrity can vary

A reputation earned doing business with one customer with one set of costs and benefits cannot be relied on to hold up when trade-offs or accountability change. It merely means that trustworthiness depends on circumstances.

  • Power does corrupt

Research by Paul Piff, a social psychologist at Berkeley, suggests that indicators of socioeconomic status can predict trustworthiness. As explained, a person’s honesty depends on his relative feelings of power, and not on how much money he has in the bank. So when deciding whom to trust, consider new and temporary power differences.

  • Confidence Often Masks Incompetence

We often associate confidence with competence. There will be no harm done if someone can back up his confidence with consistent performance, but if you fall for deluded posturing, then that is when the problem comes in. So do not forget to do your research, although reputation cannot be an indicator of integrity, it is a reliable predictor of competence.

  • It is OK to Trust Your Gut

Some findings demonstrate that our minds come with built-in trust detectors, but we sometimes suppress our intuitive machinery by taking into consideration what we believe to be more rational predictors and mistakenly looking for the wrong nonverbal cues. Trust your gut and allow your mind to arrive at a judgment undisturbed by predictors and wrong nonverbal cues.

 

Horizon Technology Partners believes that TRUST is one of the key factors in creating a long-term relationship with employees and clients. Here’s an interview with a client named Brian, a Software Development Manager, who expressed trust and confidence with HTPartner’s dedication and commitment to providing elite staff.

Brian: “He supplies people who are so passionate at their jobs, and he made them qualified team members, good team-oriented personnel, and they spoke well. I can’t think of anyone that I did not like that he brought forward, and in some cases they were fantastic.”

 

Are you also looking for a trustworthy provider of IT Talents, as well as elite staff that you can trust?

For a “No-Pressure” conversation with John Sule, schedule a call

If you would like to learn more about finding the right candidate for your open positions give us a call at 847-202-3242 or email us at connect2htp@htpartners.com.

 

“Building talented teams where talent matters.”

–Horizon Technology Partners

How To Build “esprit de corps” In Your Organization

How To Build “esprit de corps” In Your Organization

More than just a French term, “esprit de corps” is the sense of unity and commitment to achieving a common goal. It is persistently pulling each other together even in times of great adversity. It is a spirit of devotion and loyalty that each organization rely on to achieve success. Thus, Horizon Technology Partners believes that aside from providing talents with significant expertise, a professional should also be able to fit into the company’s ecosystem and should be committed to working with the team on a long-term basis.

Linda, Director of a Major Financial Institution, emphasized the importance of esprit de corps in an organization: “I think the collaboration that you get out of enjoying the people you work with causes you to have a better sharing of ideas and feel more comfortable on exposing yourself because IT is collaborative. So I think many times the end product has a lot more value added because you have people who really like to share and exchange of ideas.”

Although, it is a reality that in every working environment, conflicts can arise, as well as jealousy, one-upmanship, and misunderstanding. People have differences that could get in the way of ensuring harmony and loyalty. However, there are ways on how to deal with them and promote esprit de corps within an organization.

Michael Feuer, an entrepreneur, management consultant, venture capitalist, speaker, and author, wrote the article “How To Create ‘esprit de corps’ In Your Organization” which explains how a leader’s actions and effort contribute to molding a culture and establishing esprit de corps in a company. According to him, there are different strategies for achieving esprit de corps, here are some:

1. Create and focus on a single and common goal.
Keeping the team focused on a mission makes each team player concentrated on how to achieve the goal and refrain from dwelling on unimportant matters. Getting ready with action plans for those who are losing focus and motivation creates an easy way to get them back on track.

2. Lead by example
There is no better way to demonstrate ethical values, commitment, and teamwork but by showing them yourself. A leader can promote the company’s core values by showing how seriously it matters, then in following the same values and procedures comes uniformity and solidarity.

3. Support each other
Show more support especially during adversity. Being supportive builds connection which motivates someone to get more involved and promotes better productivity.

4. Maintain good communication
Take advantage of the different communication platforms to ensure that everyone in the organization is well-informed. We know that misunderstandings frequently stem from miscommunication, thus delivering a clear common purpose and making sure that everyone is on the same boat promotes unity and progress.

Hence, before getting excited about the fruits of your hard work, make sure your organization has built the spirit of esprit de corps so it can stand the challenges and test of time. It is more enjoyable to celebrate your success together with people who are devoted and loyal to a common goal.

Horizon Technology Partners understands the changing trends in the industry. We look deeper into the backgrounds and skills of IT candidates to ensure they meet your long-term, company culture, and soft-skill needs.

Edward, Manager of a Database Architecture Team, shared his experience with Horizon Technology Partners: “Horizon Technology Partners has a rigorous selection process. Not only they are trying to select based on IT skills and technical skills, but they are also looking at people skills to make sure the person seats the team.”


We can provide you with expert professionals that will surely work for you with a common interest and purpose.

For a “No-Pressure” conversation with John Sule, schedule a call

If you would like to learn more about finding the right candidate for your open positions give us a call at 847-202-3242 or email us at connect2htp@htpartners.com.


WE RECOGNIZE.

WE UNDERSTAND.

WE DISTINGUISH.

WE PRODUCE.

WE DELIVER.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE.

Are You Looking For Someone Who Can Go The Extra Mile?

Are You Looking For Someone Who Can Go The Extra Mile?

Going the extra mile” is willingly providing a better service and more than is expected or paid for. It is an essential part of success in every endeavor because it makes one indispensable and more marketable. It is also a source of self-fulfillment when one has gone beyond “best efforts” and a client is more than satisfied and getting more than what they have expected.

However, there are reasons why people at work are discouraged from providing their best efforts. According to the article “Don’t Lose Your Best Employees Because of These 7 HR Blunders” by Sujan Patel, who is also the author of “100 Days of Growth“, a marketing veteran and entrepreneur, here are the reasons:

  • Unfair compensation
  • Poor work-life balance
  • Lack of appreciation for accomplishments or tenure
  • Unsupportive upper management
  • A negative work environment
  • Hoarding information
  • Promoting from outside

Do those reasons above sound familiar? Well then, how can you avoid losing your best workers?

  1. An employee who is consistently helping you improve your business deserves a fair compensation and even a raise. Remember that it will cost you more when your best employee leaves.
  1. Show your employees how you understand their need to have a work-life balance. Let them recharge especially after a great accomplishment.
  1. Show appreciation for accomplishments and loyalty because employees also want to feel that they matter.
  1. Avoid losing your top performers by showing support, talking to them and not making them feel unnoticed.
  1. A workplace should feel like a professional office and not a fight club because nobody wants to work with a negative atmosphere.
  1. An open-door policy can be an advantage for both sides because it encourages openness and transparency which works for any relationship.
  1. It is heartbreaking to a loyal and hardworking employee to see someone new to the company getting the position that he has been striving and eyeing for a long time. Give your employee a chance to move up and continue to develop as professionals.

When someone at work becomes unmotivated in performing his best, the organization will suffer and incur losses because the quality and costs are at stake.

Here is a quote from Linda, a Director for a Major Financial Institution, who expressed her thoughts on what it is like to work with people who do not seem to put in their best efforts: “They don’t care if your project goes over budget or it’s late. They really don’t. You’re just another assignment…The time schedules are much longer too, because the incentive to deliver quickly and be done isn’t there.”

Linda went on to describe working with John Sule of Horizon Technology Partners: “He is committed to finding the right professionals who are always willing to render their best efforts and go the extra mile. And I think he was always looking for a good match between a resource and a client as opposed to just trying to place people to get the commission…and I don’t think that’s the case with a lot of other vendors. They look at the resource they’re bringing in as just a kind of “Its the offering that we have, and either you like it or you don’t, and if you don’t, we’ll find you someone else.” …I don’t think they give regard to the resource like John did.”

Horizon Technology Partners believes that a company deserves team members whom you will look back on as the individuals who make a difference in your organization, so it is the goal of Horizon Technology Partners to provide you with elite talents and ensure that they are consistent in delivering their best efforts.

 

Are you also looking for elite staff who will always go the extra mile for you?

 

For a “No-Pressure” conversation with John Sule, schedule a call

If you would like to learn more about finding the right candidate for your open positions give us a call at 847-202-3242 or email us at connect2htp@htpartners.com.


WE RECOGNIZE. WE UNDERSTAND. WE DISTINGUISH. WE PRODUCE. WE DELIVER! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE’RE RESPONSIBLE.

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

From all of us at Horizon Technology Partners, Inc., your elite staffing experts in the Chicago metro area, we wish you Season’s Greetings!

Warmest of wishes this holiday season. May 2018 bring you peace and prosperity!

From your team at Horizon Technology Partners, Inc.

It’s Bonus Time, How Will You Show Your Appreciation?

It’s Bonus Time, How Will You Show Your Appreciation?

The economy has been booming, the Dow has risen 5000 points in the last year – an unheard of record – and yet that prosperity has not trickled down to corporate employees yet.

It usually takes time for employers to pass along higher saleries. Pay raises may be elusive this year, but bonuses are expected to increase by 66% this year.

How are you rewarding your talent this year? 

At HT Partners, we’ll help you fill your elite staffing needs. We’ll do it fast and we’ll do it right the first time, but it’s your job to retain them, so what are you going to do this year to show your appreciation for your top IT talent?

End of year bonuses are a great way to show your top talent your appreciation for all they do. If you’re in a position to offer bonuses, that’s fantastic – go for it. If you aren’t, there are still some things you can do to show your gratitude for all your employees do.

Thank You – A warm and heartfelt Thank You is still an effective way to show your appreciation. Telling your employees that you’ve noticed all their hard work goes a long way to making them feel like they are appreciated and valued. It also makes them feel like part of the team.

Donating to Charity – Many employers are donating to charities in the names of their employees. As companies work to align their values with employees, they’ve found this to be an effective way to do something good and employees seem to like it.

Holiday Parties – You don’t have to throw a big shin-dig, but taking your team out for lunch is a nice way to show your appreciation and to spend time with them off site.

If you have elite staffing needs, give us a call at 847-202-3242, we’ll help you find the talent you need.

How to Fill an Open Position with the Right Candidate Every Time

How to Fill an Open Position with the Right Candidate Every Time

If you have an open position you know how difficult it can be to fill it with the right person. You may find you’ve been avoiding filling the position because it is such a daunting task. Hiring the right candidate for an open position is time-consuming, and stressful because hiring the wrong candidate is disruptive to the current culture and it’s expensive.

Hiring the wrong candidate can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the position. The Department of Labor estimates that it costs 1/3 the annual salary of the bad hire to replace them. Not only is expensive to replace a bad hire, but it undermines the moral of the culture you’ve worked so hard to cultivate. Obviously, it is important that you hire the right candidate the first time.

At HT Partners, we specialize in finding the right candidate for the job every time. Here are the strategies we use to ensure the right fit for your company.

Get to know the candidate – Candidates are much more than their resumes. You could be missing the best candidates because their resume didn’t stand out. We get to know our candidates personally, leveraging extensive experience interviewing and managing talent (when you’ve interviewed thousands of individuals, you build up a wealth of expert knowledge and insight). When we recommend them for a position, we know they’re a good fit.

Write better job descriptions – Want to attract better candidates? Write better job descriptions (see how to do it here). In a nutshell – focus on what the company to do for the candidate and you’ll find better quality candidates will apply.

Utilize digital media – Make sure your website is mobile friendly and you’re posting positions on social media. Quality candidates are using their smartphones to search for jobs and to research the companies posting those positions. If your company hasn’t embraced digital media you’re going to turn off the candidates you seek.

These are just some of the tools and methods we use to match the right job to the right candidate. If you’d like to learn more about finding the right candidate for your open positions give us a call at 847-202-3242 or email us at connect2htp@htpartners.com.

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