Players: Attract and Develop the Best

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Inside the TSheets Core Values

Players is TSheets’ fourth core value.

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Why players?

Because we like to think of TSheets as the biggest, baddest baseball team ever. A league of our own, if you will. And we’re set on recruiting the best. After all, a team is only as good as its players.

The full core value statement goes like this:

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In other words, to round out the baseball analogy, we’re pretty intent on winning the world series here at TSheets. Because if you haven’t heard the news on the street, our goal is to become the #1-rated and requested time tracking system on the planet (and with 2,000+ 5-star reviews, we’re gaining a little traction).

“Easier said than done,” you might be thinking, if you have any experience hiring or recruiting talent to your own baseball team … er … company.

Keep reading to learn how we put this value into action.

Attracting the Best and Brightest

The first part of having the best and brightest players on your team is attracting them to your company. You may be imagining sky-high recruiting budgets, incentives for employees to refer, or subscriptions to a long list of recruiting websites.

We take a different approach to attracting key players. For starters, our recruiting budget is … ready?

Zero.

Our referral bonus for current employees?

Zero.

But that doesn’t translate into a lack of referrals or terrific employees. In fact, in translates into:

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Instead of using monetary incentives and top-down pressure to encourage employees to refer, we go organic. Meaning, we take the revolutionary approach of simply making TSheets the kind of place you’d want to work. The kind of place you’d want to tell your friends about, simply because it’s a great company with a great culture and great coworkers.

It today’s world, it’s easier than ever to make the ordinary–or even the subpar–seem extraordinary with good graphics, cultivated social buzz, and compelling incentives. But at the end of the day, real people want a real, good place to work. And they’re more savvy than you think at seeing through a song and dance or a plug for a quick buck.

If you’re seeing your recruiting numbers plummet or your incentives for referrals aren’t working out like you’d imagined, try starting with culture instead. Not on a surface level. Everyone loves a good donut or a surprise pizza party, but go deeper. Do you see your employees as a necessary liability? Or do you see them as valuable human beings you care about and want to keep with you? It makes all the difference in attracting and developing the best.

Best in Class, Best in Culture

Fostering a culture that truly attracts (and retains) quality employees is only the first step. We’re not just interested in attracting the best when it comes to technical skills.

When we say “best,” we mean best in skills and best in terms of culture. It doesn’t matter if an employee has the sharpest resume we’ve ever seen, the best interviewing skills, and a portfolio to knock your socks off. If they don’t share our passion for the rest of the core values at TSheets, they’re not a fit. We’re looking for employees who are not only ready to do the best work of their lives–they’re also dedicated to keeping a healthy work/life balance, passionate about our customers’ and company’s success, and a good teammate.

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Playing the Long Game

At a company that’s growing as quickly as TSheets, we’ve gone through a lot of growth spurts where we really need to fill a new position to keep up the pace. You might imagine that sometimes rushes the hiring process, but it’s simply not the case.

Part of hiring the best employee for the job means waiting for the right employee for the job–even if it takes a little longer than you’d hope. We rally together and get things done while we search for that perfect fit, but we don’t settle. Because we’re all about playing the long game here. If we intend to be the #1-rated time tracking software on the planet (and we do), we’re only going to get there with an exceptional team, so we’re willing to be patient.

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Keeping Bright Minds Active

The last part of this equation is the critical one. We don’t just set out to attract the best and brightest minds in the industry. Our goal is to attract AND develop them. We don’t bring the best in the industry to our company and then let them languish.

It’s not always easy to set aside time for personal development, training, and opportunities for growth when you run at the pace we do. But keeping bright minds active is the surest way to help our employees find fulfillment and happiness in their jobs, achieve their goals, and work even more effectively in their role at TSheets.

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It’s true that all of these things are easier said than done. But then again, we’ve never been interested in doing what’s easy. Just what works, what gets the job done, and what makes life better for our customers and their employees–and our own employees.

Interested in trying out for the team? We’ve got a few openings.

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Interesting in testing out the product these brilliant minds rally around every day?

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Core Value #3: Excellence

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Core Value #1: Technology

Core Value #2: Healthy