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Falling For the Job. Hiring is a lot like dating, say the new startups that want to play matchmaker between employers and job seekers. And you don't have to show up with flowers...
For our "Colorado's Own" company we look at Round Pegg. You may have read about them in Time Magazine, and not realized that they are based here, right on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Culture is often credited for the success or failure of organizations. The problem is that "culture" is often managed by a gut feel of those doing the hiring. Sometimes that works, but it's more a matter of luck than anything that can produce consistent results. RoundPegg is solving that issue.
RoundPegg Inc. has developed and released EngagePegg, innovative software designed to track employee engagement in real time. EngagePegg is the fourth component in the company’s corporate culture management suite. The software modules work together to measure and track key aspects of organizational culture.
Brent Daily, co-founder and chief operating officer of RoundPegg, a hiring startup that provides social apps, hasn’t nixed his company’s performance reviews. Instead, he has made a conscious effort to make them more meaningful. “It’s a shame we’ve gotten so cynical,” he said. “Performance reviews have become more of a cover-your-ass technique than a device that actually helps employees do their job better.”
Boulder-based RoundPegg develops culture management software that helps companies hire more effectively, measure and monitor their culture, and improve workplace morale. A 2010 TechStars grad, the company recently raised $2.4 million in seed funding. File 23465 RoundPegg co-founder and Super Domestique Brent Daily shared some thoughts about the company's past, present and future, common hiring mistakes, the importance of trust, and what company culture really means. (Hint: it's not about furniture or clothes.)
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RoundPegg featured on Page 30: Being adaptive is a cultural issue. To ensure employees have this trait, talent managers will have to change the hiring process and implement a feedback approach to support systemic change at all levels of an organization.
Corporate culture is a tricky issue in the business world. Companies spend vast sums of money on consultants, surveys, and “Successories” motivational posters. Meanwhile, jaded employees roll their eyes when it comes time to take the annual survey or wisecrack their way through buzzword-filled HR meetings. Both points of view are justified. Studies show companies that have a set of shared values throughout the organization really do perform better and have happier employees. So there’s a need for fresh thinking about how companies define and change their cultures, and a new generation of companies are trying to fill the gap. One of them is RoundPegg, a startup based in Boulder, CO.
How do you determine a company’s culture? And what do you do if there’s a clash that’s affecting the bottom line? Dr. Kowske said individuals are not good at this “because their personal experiences color the way they understand culture and its expectations for behavior.” She says the best way is to have an outside company provide assessments “which are objective and scientifically valid.” That’s where RoundPegg comes in.
RoundPegg’s software then leads recruiters and managers through steps that align employees with company cultural values. By measuring, managing and monitoring a company’s culture, RoundPegg gives an edge to better hiring, employee development and employee engagement.
RoundPegg rated 1 of the 6 hottest startups in Colorado by Business Insider
The calibre of the startups was unusually high. In an impressive pack, here are a few that stood out:
[Boulder] has turned out some impressive startups. Trada is here, along with SendGrid, Rally, Orbotix, Gnip, RoundPegg, and PivotDesk.
Radio interview with William Tincup about company culture, what business still gets wrong and how to manage it.
While you always want to shoot for high competence, high cultural fit people when you are hiring early in your company’s life, it’s always better to chose cultural fit over competence when you have to make a choice.
Turns out arranged marriages can teach us something about hiring and the importance of culture.
Company Goes Beyond Traditional Assessments, Using True Business Intelligence to Help Companies Drive and Engage High Performing Workforces
Journalist Erika Andersen highlights the importance of culture fit and specifically identifies RoundPegg as tackling the issue.
Fast Company rounds up the recent discussion on culture and strategy. RoundPegg provides context to the debate.
RoundPegg guest writes on Mashable providing key tips on how to ensure you don't wind up working for a company you hate.
RoundPegg defines HR3.0 with NPR Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman
Colorado's RoundPegg uses psychological self-assessments in an effort to become the "eHarmony for your employment process."
RoundPegg has raised $1.27 million in new funding led by Access Venture Partners with Croghan Investments participating. RoundPegg is a graduate of the TechStars class of 2010
RoundPegg's emphasis is on whether candidates have the characteristics that define success at the organization.
RoundPegg will help employees and managers make smart hiring decisions using objective and rigorous results grounded in the latest organization design science.
Out of necessity, tech startups are changing the way workers are screened and hired. RoundPegg , funded by TechStars, a seed-stage investment firm, assesses how a candidate will fit into the culture of a workplace. A series of short surveys and analysis by an organizational psychologist can tell the hirer whether an applicant will have a problem with the manager or team.
Through simple self-service surveys, RoundPegg blends technology with psychology. It allows hiring managers to make sure candidates have a strong fit, provides interview questions to ask, answers to look for, and pros and cons that are specific to the match between the candidate and the company, the team, and the hiring manager.
Hiring is really tough to do right. Sometimes someone has every skill you need but you figure out that that person was not a good cultural fit. How do you keep from making those kinds of hiring mistakes? Well, you could hire a psychologist to look at each candidate, or you could use RoundPegg , which has a system to help you judge cultural fit.