I had a great experience this past week. I have been recruiting pretty much 24/7 for some urgent hires, and I asked one of the candidates who accepted to stop by so we could get some paperwork out of the way. He said that his wife would be in the car since they were headed to another function, and I told him to bring her up so she could check out the office as well.
After finishing the paperwork, giving him the quick tour, and introducing him to both our CEO and Operations Manager, I spent a few minutes talking about some of our cultural aspects in the office with him and his wife.
We covered the usual topics-dress code (whatever you want), work hours (whatever you like), and other general information. However, I couldn’t help but smile when his wife checked out our little kitchen and gave it a nod of approval. I told her that we would take good care of her husband and that, in all honesty’s sake, it was the best and most professional workplace I’d ever experienced.
When they walked out the door, I knew that I had made a lasting impact on both of them, and I realized that it might be worth it to try and recruit a candidate’s family more often, because even after the offer has been accepted, there is plenty of time for second guessing and turmoil. Getting the family on the same page gives the candidate more support in the new role and solidifies it in their mind. Anyone else ever consider meeting the candidate’s family in an informal setting to help the person get more comfortable in the job? It wouldn’t work for everyone, but I think it’s one more piece of what makes Pinnacle a great place to work.