When two companies share a truly unique approach to their customers and are committed to the people side of business, why wouldn’t they team up? This year, S. Benjamins & Company (SBC) and EveryBusiness HR Essentials (EBHR) have agreed to a strategic partnership. We believe that growing our shared resources will benefit our clients and teams. Through this effort we are demonstrating the importance of openness and agility needed in business today. SBC and EBHR are practicing what we preach.
We help organizations attract and hire great talent. In addition to “finding the one”, we expand the conversation to include talent strategy and solutions beyond a single hire. Sonya helps her clients embrace customized HR solutions at various key stages of their business growth. Neither of us are a “one size fits all” firm and it is an exciting time to combine forces.
As we advise our clients about what workers want today and how they will thrive, we see less importance on hierarchy and more emphasis on reciprocity and creative collaboration.
How did we pair up?
I met Sonya ten years ago. We were hosting a learning event for HR leaders in transition and Sonya had just returned to California from a successful mid-west entrepreneurial venture. She was looking for that next opportunity and what author Jenny Blake calls, “the pivot” to something new. The successful pivot starts with a foundation of core values and understanding your strengths. Sonya was entirely grounded on that front and was in the process of creating a vision for another chapter of her career in HR. As years passed, we developed a great relationship and exchanged ideas about our focus on the human side of business. When she was ready to leave the corporate world and start her own company, we met to talk about the entrepreneurial life, which of course included the risks and rewards.
What I observed was Sonya’s quiet transparency, business savvy smarts and genuine positive spirit. She was and remains open, curious and authentic about what matters. She places purpose front and center. EBHR cares about community, giving, learning and bringing the best ideas to her clients. Our team values that too. Most importantly we both approach our clients with a kind of care and commitment that I find energizing. Together our firms support On Demand HR, Business Essentials (Work Design, Talent Strategy and Search) and Learning Forums/HRoundtables.
Kate Kjeell, our Managing Director and I are excited about this change and partnership with Sonya’s firm. We’ll continue to focus on talent strategy and management search. That means finding our clients great leaders (in HR, Sales, Marketing, General Management, Operations) or helping them build their own capability to do that for themselves. For the past twenty years, we have utilized a project on-demand business model to deliver candidates and fill key management openings. We augment our client’s existing Talent Acquisition function in a variety of ways. Story telling in search is a key differentiator of ours. We use creative approaches to help our clients tell their story to ensure we “find the one.” Video, podcasts, marketing micro-sites are an example of the ways we increase our response rate with passive candidates. The goal is to develop a high quality pool of talent for our client’s immediate and future needs. It is all about meaningful and ongoing conversations. We hope to hear from you to learn what you are up to and how we can stay connected and continue to learn from each other.