Category Archives: Bridge Tech Talent

Effective Onboarding: Tips for Retaining Talent

This Post was written by Darcy Uustal
Date posted: August 30, 2017

The hiring process can be time consuming, cumbersome, and expensive, which is why you want this process to be as smooth as possible. The more effective your onboarding, the more likely you are to retain your talent for the long run. Take the time to reexamine your onboarding process and consider these simple changes that are easy to make. Keep these tips in mind to ensure your onboarding process is effective for both you and your employees.

Give them a warm welcome
Your new hires have just made an important life decision to join your company, so always make sure they feel welcome! A nice welcome email before they start, including some of the key team members they will be working with, is a nice touch. Naturally, you’ll be showing them around the office, but don’t forget to personally introduce them to their coworkers.

Provide them with the proper resources
You can’t do your job effectively when you don’t have the right equipment, and neither can your employees. Double check that all badges, laptops, passwords, and network access is set up before their first day. It’s also a nice touch to make sure their desk/office is clean and prepared for them to settle into. A nice ‘welcome to the company’ sign in their working space goes a long way!

Pair them with a mentor
If possible, pair your new hire with one of their peers who performs well and has shown strong leadership skills. When they are with someone who already knows the ins and outs of the job they will feel more confident asking questions and adjusting to their new role. You can also check in with their partner to see if they are doing well. This also keeps more seasoned employees engaged and lets them know you see them as senior staff and a mentor.

Provide educational opportunities
Initial training is always necessary, but educational opportunities should not disappear after that. Employees will avoid stagnation and feel more productive if they have the ability to take part in career development programs. Offering training opportunities is important during onboarding and should continue throughout employment.

Schedule regular check-ins
In addition to a 30-60-90 day review, try setting up a time to meet with your new hire once a week. Maybe you sit down with them one-on-one every Monday to review upcoming tasks to have them summarize what they have been working on. If you can’t commit to a one-on-one once a week, set a meeting up twice per month. The important piece is keeping the scheduled time together. Doing so will help your new employee feel supported and more open to asking questions, but most importantly it shows them that you care about how they feel in their new position.

Tweaking your onboarding process can make the difference between your newest hires staying or leaving. Feeling supported in a new role, and maintain that support is key. How does your company welcome new employees to the team?

Related Posts:

How to Make a Positive Impression at Your New Job

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 27, 2017

                                                            Image courtesy of Today

Pop the champagne! You finally landed that job you’ve been interviewing for, and you’re about to start your first day. You know that the key to a successful transition is demonstrating quality, thoughtful work, but so is making a positive impression with your new coworkers. After all, you’ll be working with them every day. How do you make a positive impression in a new job?

First impressions in the workplace are just as lasting as they are during interviews, so be cognizant of the impression you give off. Getting started on the right foot will pay its dividends in almost all aspects of work culture: people will be more likely to trust you, respect you, and be friendly to you. Here are seven tips to make a positive impression in your new work culture:

Arrive early, stay later when possible
You don’t want to be ‘that guy’ who always walks in late and is constantly finding excuses to leave the office an hour early. You might find yourself in the occasional moment when you cannot help but be late, but for the most part, people tend to pick up on your attendance habits within the first few days. Being mindful of this will show those around you that you are responsible and you can handle simple expectations such as punctuality. Also, you are more likely to be included in office coffee runs or dinner after work if you’re present – a great way to start building those relationships.

Dress to impress
No one is going to take you seriously if you show up to work in a wrinkled blazer, crooked tie, and ankle socks. Having a clean overall appearance will enhance your professionalism, which will ultimately leave a more positive impression on your office peers. You don’t need break-the-bank designer suits, but make sure your clothes fit you properly, fit the vibe of the office culture and are dry cleaned every once in awhile.

Respect seniority
No one likes a wise guy. It’s great to feel confident in your new role, but remember to show the proper respect to veterans in the office, especially when it comes to the people you report to. Learn from them and follow the decisions made by your superiors and respectfully ask questions when you don’t understand a task you’ve been given.

Keep personal life separate from work
As time goes on you will get to know your coworkers better, but to start it is generally better to avoid mixing work and personal life. Share enough about yourself to start cultivating meaningful relationships, but don’t go overboard.  If you have a personal matter to attend to, make sure to do it quickly and quietly, or away from the office.

Take initiative
Don’t be afraid to stick your hand out first for a handshake, propose project ideas, or ask your peers questions. Asking questions shows that you’re trying to learn and being engaged in your work will show others that you are eager to be there. Just remember, no one has ever been successful by sitting back and waiting for someone else to make a move.

Make an effort to get along with your colleagues
You’re at work to do work, but that doesn’t mean you should only keep to yourself. It helps to get along with the people around you. Ask if anyone needs an extra set of hands on any of their projects, offer favors like covering for someone while they are out of the office, and be an active participant in meetings. If there’s an office gathering after work, try to go to those to make stronger connections.

Have a positive attitude
As an organization, you and your team are striving toward a common goal. It is important to always stay positive even in challenging moments, because it’ll help everyone to move forward. In addition, having a ‘can do’ mentality gives off positive vibes, which will only help you and those around you.

Being the ‘new guy’ has its challenges, but if you embrace it the right way, you’ll be integrated into the office culture before you know it. If you present yourself in a way that is positive and helpful from the beginning, you’ll definitely have an easier time getting along with your team or co-workers.

Making the right impression at your new job can make your adjustment to your new role and environment an easier transition. What are some things you keep in mind when entering new work environments? Let us know on Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn to see open tech roles that might be a great fit for you.

Related Posts:

Employees Honor Bridge Partners to Celebrate 15 Years of Business

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 19, 2017

Last night, Bridge employees surprised Partners Joe Devine and James Wright with a Crystal Anniversary themed dinner party to celebrate Bridge’s upcoming 15-year work anniversary next month.

Both partners have dedicated themselves to providing a positive work environment for all their employees. Just this month Bridge was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in RI by The Providence Business News for the 5th consecutive year. They have worked hard to create a culture of employee empowerment, which is why their team wanted to take a moment to recognize all that Joe and James have done for Bridge as they celebrate this incredible milestone.

“Bridge is much more than a great place to work and make a living. James and Joe have created a culture of employee empowerment and engagement that isn’t often seen today. They work hard to ensure that we have the tools necessary to achieve personal and professional success” said Scott Deutsch, Regional Director.

The Bridge team was not only very excited to pull off this surprise (they even bought a Snapchat geo-filter, and made a video for the partners to celebrate) but looks forward to working together for another 15 years!

Prior to purchasing Bridge in 2002, James Wright spent thirteen years in the IT staffing industry in Silicon Valley. He was the head of HR and Recruiting at a communications startup in San Francisco, he co-founded a contract IT staffing firm in Menlo Park, and he worked in senior-level roles at Advanced Technology Staffing, a leading contract IT staffing firm in the Bay Area. He currently serves on numerous boards, including BankNewport, The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Jamestown Historical Society.

Joe Devine has over thirty years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and information technology. Before joining James Wright as a Partner at Bridge, Joe worked in senior management positions at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Electro Firms, Inc., and Mupac Corporation. He plays an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and organizing many of Bridge’s outreach activities.

If you would like to see more from this event, follow the hashtag #Bridge15Years on Twitter.

Related Posts:

Bridge E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 8, 2017

As you know by now if you’ve been following our blog, here at Bridge we are passionate about recycling e-waste, one of the fastest growing forms of waste. Many people simply throw away their old phones, laptops, or monitors without realizing the value of recycling them. But – our tech is made of valuable and recoverable parts such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. Let’s recycle that!!

This month we’re working with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island to run an E-Waste Drive at our Rhode Island office location. Any revenue raised from your donations will help Goodwill continue to offer educational and training opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Below is a list of what we can accept:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals
  • Audio equipment
  • Video equipment
  • Electronics
  • Toner/Printer cartridges
  • File cabinets
  • Metal shelving
  • Small household appliances
  • Floor model copy machines

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Televisions
  • Desktop printers
  • CRT Monitors
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Single-use Alkaline batteries

We are ever so  grateful for your donations! If you have e-waste you would like to donate, please bring it to 650 Ten Rod Road North Kingstown, RI 02852 and make sure to say hi to our team. If you have items not listed or any other questions you can contact Goodwill at (401) 861-2080 ext. 144.

Related Posts: