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Singlesprout and Amanda!

As we recently reviewed our team’s benefits, we asked our team what they liked about our current wellness benefits and culture. This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting how our team thinks about our culture.  Here are the thoughts of the one and only Amanda Hoffer. 

 

What is one thing you love about SingleSprout?

I love the comradery we have at SingleSprout. From the top-down everyone is so supportive and pushes each other to be even better than yesterday. This bleeds into how the team supports one another on a personal and professional level. Regardless if it is a new activity outside of work someone has shared with the team or making a super impactful deal, we are always supporting each other as much as we possibly can. 

 

How does our remote environment benefit you?

The remote environment allows the flexibility I never thought I would have in my career. Currently, I am working from Tampa so I can see my mom and Nana for Mother’s Day. Having the ability to connect with my family that is far away and still work is a game-changer in terms of my WLB. I also love to travel so being able to tap into that side of myself while staying connected at work is something I am extremely grateful for. 

 

What other benefits make you excited about SingleSprout

I absolutely LOVE our Boon Coaching. We are fortunate enough to meet with a professional coach that works with each member of the team on almost any topic we want to cover. I personally work with a coach around professional development and management and she is absolutely wonderful. 

 

What do you do with your free time instead of commuting? 

I am able to tap into my love for Yoga during the time I would be commuting. It is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day and be mindful of my life.

How to Create an Intentional Equitable Hybrid/Remote Work Environment

Everyone has heard the debate over company culture remote work, and now everyone is talking about quiet quitting. We feel like these conversations are all a distraction from the real problem we have seen in the tech industry – employee burnout. In this new age of hybrid and remote work, it is harder to create the type of engagement and culture with one’s team. 

A couple of weeks ago we co-hosted an event with AllVoices. We had just the most incredible lineup of experts including Jasmine Francis, VP of People and Culture at Thinx, Celeste Bell EVP and Head of HR  at Deutsch NY,  Veracelle Vega, CPO at Boxed, and Adrienne Barnard SVP People Operations & Experience at Mainstay. They shared their insight on creating an intentional equitable hybrid/remote work environment. Below is a short list of action items your company can take, to improve engagement with your teams. 

  • Over-communicate (same message(s) being sent on slack/email, etc, not just one format).
  • Q&A’s to share market feedback and gather employee feedback (send guidelines beforehand).
  • Internal newsletter end of the week that recognizes world, market, and business happenings.
  • Share the risks (and upside 🙂 of joining your company with candidates interviewing.
  • Employee-led conversations where employees can discuss a range of topics (ie. Well-being, water-cooler chatter, etc).
  • Share what your company is doing to make the world a better place.

 

To listen to the who conversation, you can watch the webinar here

A new way to compete for talent – Video

This week our cofounders shared advice with our clients on how to get more candidates interested in their company in this very competitive market.  We got such a great response to this, that we decided to share this with our entire network –  please feel free to read their advice below: 

Given the competition in the market (nearly all engineering roles increased in salary last quarter), we are looking at ways to increase engagement from qualified candidates. One such way companies gain an advantage is by using video in recruiting marketing. Through the insights of our Client Advisory Board and our own data, companies that use video for recruiting marketing are increasing conversion rates by as much as 25% at the top of the funnel / first interview. 

Your company’s personality and culture shine in the video. Additionally, in one of our latest polls to placed candidates, the #1 reason candidates join their company is team/culture.

Ask: We propose creating at least 1 video (1-2 minutes) on why your company is an exciting home for prospective candidates to join (ie: problem, solution, scale, culture, impact, investors, founder’s background). Please then share it with us, so we can share it with qualified candidates to increase interest and conversion. 

Some video software that we recommend include:

  • VideoAsk
  • Scenery (collaborative video editor)
    • Example recruiting video here (Pinterest’s head of corp dev made remotely)
  • Loom 
    • Example here of a job description pitch and here of a candidate product demo 
  • Youtube (put a link in the JD)
  • The Muse 
    • Example here of leadership and culture. 
  • How it works videos

All the best,

Natan and David

SingleSprout is 9 years old!

Our team can not wait to celebrate at our offsite in a couple of months. But for now, we wanted to share 9 fun facts about SingleSprout, to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. 

  1. Over the last 9 years, we have been able to help 1000+ engineers find a new role, and grow their careers.   
  2. We have grown to 45 employees, and we currently have 5 open roles including Director of Engineering.
  3. It took about 2 years to make our first 100 placements, but for the first time (Q1 ’22), we were able to make over 100 placements in less than 90 days. 
  4. We started with hiring for just software engineering positions, but now we support a range of engineering, data, and product positions (IC-Management level) as well as legal (VP, GC, CLO) talent.  
  5. Our logo: the triangle represents our clients, candidates, and employees and how SingleSprout brings everyone together. 
  6. Our team has been 100% remote since 2020 and we have employees in 14 different states!
  7. During the last 9 years, our software engineering team has created internal products including Lilly, Daisy, Clover, and Nectar (all with a plant 🌱 theme).
  8. Out of 1,000+ polled candidates that we’ve placed, of those that responded, more than 75% are still working at the company we placed them at.
  9. Lastly, our founders David and Natan met when they were 9 years old!

We know this is going to be a special year, and we are excited to see how we can continue to support both candidates and growing companies

SingleSprout and G-Code Event

SingleSprout recently had the pleasure of partnering with G{Code} House in a virtual Zoom event to provide 1:1 mentorship and guidance for their alumni currently navigating their job search and a new career in tech.

G{Code} is an innovative, place-based initiative that connects women and non-binary people of color to educational and employment opportunities in the technology sector. The initiative combines affordable co-living, technology instruction, industry placements, and post-secondary education. They aim to tackle the STEM gender gap, income inequality, and the affordable housing crisis by recruiting Boston residents, specifically women and non-binary people of color, including those who are close to aging out of homeless shelters by offering them a place to live while pursuing a STEM education and ultimately providing participants with stable careers that will allow them to gain access to economic mobility.

Interested in learning more? Check out their programming here.

SingleSprout Candidate DEI Survey – Feb 2022

As our clients may already know, in order to conduct a non-bias search for talent, we do not ask for any demographic information. This is in order for us to place the best possible talent, without any bias. 

That being said, we were curious about the demographics of the talent that we have placed. We reached out to all the candidates we placed in the last 5 years to collect demographic data from the candidates we have placed. We had about 10% of our recently placed candidates respond to our survey. 

Here is what we found:

  • 12.9% of our candidates identify as having a disability.
  • 30.4% do not identify themselves as Heterosexual
  • 32.4% do not identify themselves as a Cisgender man
  • 46.4% do not identify as White, Caucasian, European

For more information, please check out all the results from the study here

 

But before we end this blog, we found a few fun facts that we would like to share. 

We asked our candidates to tell us the top 3 reasons why they accepted the offer from a SingleSprout company. 

  • 73.9% accepted the offer because of the team/culture
  • 53.6% were looking for remote options. 
  • Only 43.5% listed Salary or benefits as the reason why they took the new role. 

And lastly… 

And 79.6% of candidates who answered this survey, are still at the company they joined while working with SingleSprout.

2021 DEI Committee Accomplishments

Our team has been working diligently over the last year on various projects, but we are most excited to share the update from our DEI committee. Please check out our 2021 DEI committee accomplishments below.

– Sponsored LifeLabs Learning (Inclusion, Belonging, and Feedback) for the entire team.
– Implemented Boon Health to offer 100% covered well-being coaching with expert coaches of diverse backgrounds.
– Instituted part of all-hands dedicated to Lessons (from leadership to IC’s to show making mistakes is OK and part of getting better). Everyone is encouraged and has an opportunity to talk about areas where they fell short and what they learned.
– Applying expertise from Rise Journey (DEI Consultant) and we brought on Jasmine Francis (Sr. Dir of People at Thinx) as an advisor for People/DEI/HR. Together we’re improving our DEI and people practices.
– Inclusivity training for hiring and managing for our managers.
– We’ve invested in RippleMatch to source and hire more candidates from diverse backgrounds (3 hires so far!).
– Established DEI committee, members, and meetings. We’ve focused on helping the community through volunteering (working on upcoming events with GCode, JusticeThroughCode, etc in ’22), updating our job descriptions and interview processes to be more inclusive, and upcoming surveying candidates we’ve placed over the last 4 years to understand their backgrounds and why they joined our clients).
– On social media, we helped bring awareness to tech-focused organizations dedicated to helping underserved communities (for-profit and non-profit) including BlackRemoteShe, Trevor Project, DevColor, VetsWhoCode, Sisterhood of NativeAmericanCoders, CharityWater, Play Like a Girl, JusticeThroughCode, The Anti-Defamation League, and more.

We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish this year but are just as excited about what we will be able to accomplish in 2022.

Our Teams 2022 Predictions

One could say that 2021 has been one of the most unpredictable years. It has been unpredictable in every way possible, which had even affected the hiring market – we will admit that we couldn’t have predicted the great resignation movement. That being said, our team has some ideas on what we think will happen in the hiring market in 2022. Please read the SingleSprout team’s thoughts on the future hiring market, and how you can prepare.

I think we will see more hiring for most companies. I think that some of the larger companies will have layoffs (eg Better) and it will be interesting to see what will happen with companies that IPOed recently. High growth has been the goal for many companies but I’m not sure how many scaled effectively so we may see some repercussions there. In general, not all companies were able to scale the way they’d like this year due to market constraints so it’ll be interesting to see how that impacts budgets, benefits, and interview processes to get talent on board. – Sophie

I think the remote/flexible WFH trend will continue into 2022. Most companies have proven their teams can be just as productive or more productive at home! – Amanda Hoffer

I predict companies will create virtual workspaces in the metaverse for all employees. – Zach Fleischman

I think companies that quickly adapted to a system of remote working will see drastic increases in hiring relative to other companies.- Josh Elbahrawy

I predict, to stay competitive in the tech recruitment market companies will start getting creative with their benefits. I see companies with benefits like extended parental leave, 4-day work week, better healthcare, flexible work-days, more mental health benefits, and benefits for working mothers – Katie Weiss

I think that more companies will shift from coding tests to live technical interviews to stay competitive and make their processes easier to navigate.- Eric Scheuch

I predict that there will be growth in both the technical and legal recruitment market. Demand will increase. – Sydney Austin

I believe the technical market is going to continue to soar and evolve in the remote space. Engineers want more options and flexibility. The workforce is evolving and is reflecting on the wants and needs of employees! – Angela Peterson

I’m anticipating job seekers to continue looking for primarily remote opportunities. I think a lot of job seekers have already moved away from those major tech hubs and don’t want to give up the flexibility. – Dean Rabinowitz

In 2022, I anticipate the technical and legal recruitment market will continue to skyrocket. To the moon SingleSprout! – Alexis Perez

I think more and more people will continue to leave their jobs in search of better. However, I’m not sure that the bulk of US employers are going to catch on and increase pay or benefits. Startups/companies that naturally embrace change will be more open to doing just that, but larger institutions with more bureaucratic systems in place will most likely continue with a slow adaption of changes or continue to resist change that their most highly paid employees ask for. – Alie Borowsky

I predict that we will discover a new planet (like this), a ton of new tech companies will start up due to this, and the tech recruitment market will be in even more demand than it already is – Corey Grant

I think hybrid work models will gain more popularity! After so long with remote work, employees might be looking for opportunities to have facetime with co-workers in person, while still emphasizing a mostly remote set-up. – Leo Calentti

I predict that there is going to be an influx on both the candidate side and company side as everyone is either hiring or looking for a new job! I think it will be one of the biggest years in recruitment – Emily Pizza

We’ll see a bigger need and rise in feedback tools in the workplace. Specifically, the need for the ability of the employee to report discrimination, harassment, misconduct, and more. It’s no longer okay to say “Go to HR,” or “Please bring this up to your manager,” in the digital remote workplace. – Natan, Cofounder

I predict that during 2022 we are going to see salaries once again increase by 10-20% due to a shortage of talent – David Saad

The Global Resignation Movement – Our Thoughts

It has many names – The Global resignation movement. The Big Quit. The Great Reshuffling. No matter what you call it, it is affecting every business across the globe.  In August, there were 8.6 million unemployed people in the U.S. and 10 million job openings. Since then the number of jobs has grown and there are now 1.2 jobs per unemployed person. 

So how do you hire in this market? How do you find the right people? And just as importantly how do you keep your current employees happy? 

Here are a few suggestions from our team. 

  • Empowering your team. No matter a team member’s position, everyone has something to add outside of their core role. If someone shows interest in growing, it is good to ask them to lead training, or lead discussions. 
  • Remember that in a remote workplace it is sometimes difficult to maintain a work-life balance. We like to encourage our employees to turn off their screens when needed. We also allow our team to build their own schedule. Lastly, we respect non-working hours for our team, to allow them time to rest and reset.  
  • Don’t forget about your companies/team’s wellness and mental health.  We use a service called Boon Health to provide free coaching to our entire team. 
  • While interviewing timing is key! Make sure when interviewing candidates, to keep the entire process under 3 weeks. Anything longer than this will decrease your chances of the candidate signing an offer. 
  • Get clear on values, and share them!  We have seen that candidates respond well to companies who are upfront about company values, and how it impacts the company culture. We encourage companies to post these values online, so candidates can see them before taking an interview. 
  • Don’t forget to talk to your team. Skip interviews and anonymous surveys can be a powerful tool. To understand what is going on in your organization, including cultural feedback. 

We always love input from our partners and clients. Please feel free to email our team if you have any additional suggestions that we should share!

The SingleSprout Shout – HR Market

Hey Everyone,

In a recent publication of The MorningBrew, Talent Acquisition and HR jobs are up 52% since last year. We have also observed that in 2021, the fastest-growing position at venture capital funds has been Head of Talent. The question is – why have we seen so much growth in the HR space?

Our assumption is, teams are finally realizing how important the impact HR/People teams can have on a growing startup. We have observed anecdotally that many startups wait until they have 50+ employees before making their first HR team hire, but those who break this trend have a strong infrastructure. Instead of having the founding team distracted by tasks that are easy to delegate, they are able to focus on building their company.

To quickly understand why these hires are so important, it is important to know that HR/People teams tend to own culture, headcount, learning and development, recruitment planning, DEI initiatives, employee education, onboarding and so much more. Even when you compare what most internal recruiters are in charge of, it is very different from those who work at recruitment firms. While external recruiters are hyper-focused on connecting and engaging candidates with the right roles at the right companies, internal recruiters typically focus on hiring planning, talent strategy, recruitment process and efficiency, and getting candidates excited about joining the team.

So as we write this we wonder – how are you building your HR/Talent team?  Please let us know by answering the poll below.

Truly,
Natan & David

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