One of the many ways I assess and prep candidates for interviews is by utilizing my core values. As a company, Binc has a set of core values that each of us connects with, as the broader set for our team and company. Binc has supported and acknowledged that each person has their own set of values and we are encouraged to connect and embrace those values for authenticity in our client and team-member interactions.
Cultural appropriation, in brief, is generally understood to be “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own”. We see this in music, art, even at Forever 21 where significant artifacts, practices, beliefs, and symbols are turned into trendy pop-culture. During our last Woke Wednesday we sat down and discussed the topic of cultural appropriation, here is what we learned.
When you boil it down, recruiting is really all about one thing: people. Day in and day out, recruiters are building relationships while they’re getting to know their candidates, collaborating with hiring managers, or swapping stories with fellow teammates. There’s a constant curiosity around discovering the commonalities among individuals we meet and how we can utilize them to propel a relationship forward in a positive, meaningful direction. In some cases, this can be uncovered in the most simple of ways…
The Binc book club was originally formed after a handful of Bincers started to get excited about a new book being released by Emily Chan called “Brotopia.” “Brotopia” was about our beloved tech industry and at the time was only available through pre-order. As word spread throughout the company more and more people began to show interest until there was a quite substantial little group of us forming.
Every team reflects its leader. Two years ago in 2016, I ran 43 miles over 3 days through Bryce Canyon, Zion, and The Grand Canyon at an event called Trailfest. It was an enduring and magical experience, to say the least. On the third day, during the final 18-miles through the northern crest of the Grand Canyon, I spent most of my time pacing with a close friend. We talked about many topics during those 18 miles but the one that stood out was a discussion about life’s priorities…
This month, Binc is celebrating our 16th anniversary. Yep, that’s right, it’s our Sweet Sixteen! Reflecting on the past sixteen years, one thing that stands out in my mind the most are the many lessons we have collectively shared. As a team we provide each other with an overflowing treasure chest full of knowledge, but that knowledge means nothing if we keep it locked up internally. So, as a present for our Sweet Sixteen, we went around the company and gathered a list of lessons learned by recruiters during their time here at Binc. After all what’s an anniversary celebration without presents?
Who are we? What do we stand for? Why do we do what we do? Those are all questions we started asking ourselves as a company a little over a year ago. We had an established set of core values; values that drove us, values that empowered us, values that were the building blocks to who we were, the foundation for all our actions, values that made up our DNA. Teamwork, Commitment, Growth, Intelligence, Humility; the five values we related to the most, the five pillars of Binc. But, did these five words truly reflect who we were? Did they genuinely encompass that which takes dozens of unique individuals and personalities and unites them as one fluid team? The answer was not completely.