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Client success story – Cuyahoga County Public Library

Client success story – Cuyahoga County Public Library

By on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

This month’s success story is an example of how Organizational Architecture assisted its client with an executive level recruiting challenge. The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers the very best in public library service in the nation. The library is focused on being the center of community life and is dedicated to creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning, and civic engagement thrive. Recently, their Human Resources Director retired.  Since we had worked with the Library before and knew the organization well, they asked us to assist them with the sourcing, screening, and selection process for their new HR leader. Before we even started to engage with the talent market for this role, we had discussions with the Library leadership team about the role and its responsibilities.  We discussed the unique role of HR in public sector employers and the critical need for a good understanding of labor relations. Sari Feldman, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library said: Organizational Architecture facilitated an incredibly positive recruitment experience for CCPL.  They demonstrate a thoughtful and organized approach to uncover the unique needs of the organization and the role, and then to find the right people.   They asked strong questions and clearly understood our needs.  Additionally, they kept us apprised throughout the process, and within a short period of time provided us with an outstanding slate of candidates to meet.  They helped us consider the candidates’ strengths and how they would complement our leadership team, lead our HR function, and support our employees.  They provided quality guidance and support throughout the process.   The candidate we selected brings all the things we were looking for and more…we could not be more pleased with our experience working with Organizational Architecture. Spending time at the front end of the search to fully understand the role and the organization is critical. Identifying these screening criteria helped make our recruitment fast, efficient, and effective. Do you need assistance with a strategy for effective recruitment? Contact us  to learn how we can help and check out our blog for more...

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OA becomes certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business!

OA becomes certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business!

By on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Human Resources Consulting, Recognition, Success Stories, Veteran Owned Small Business | 0 comments

We are pleased to share that Organizational Architecture has been certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business.  This program is part of the US Department of Veteran Affairs and ensures that government set-aside funds are awarded to legitimate firms owned and controlled by Veterans. OA participated in a lengthy verification process over several months.  Besides the recognition of being a Veteran Owned Small Business, this certification will help us reach new clients. It will also give us opportunities to work more closely with government and other public agencies. Want to learn more about us and our human resources consulting services? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Client success story – Cuyahoga County Public Library

Client success story – Cuyahoga County Public Library

By on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Government and Public Sector, Human Resources Consulting, Success Stories | 0 comments

Cuyahoga County Public Library is a great example of how Organizational Architecture’s compensation consulting assists its clients by conducting a base compensation study to ensure they are paying competitively compared to the market. Cuyahoga County Public Library offers the very best in public library service in the nation and is focused on being the center of community life and remain dedicated to creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning, and civic engagement thrive. Daniel Hauenstein, Director Human Resources at Cuyahoga County Public Library, said, “It can be challenging to meet the needs of both union and non-union employees. Having Organizational Architecture come in as a third-party to review our current compensation practices not only ensures that all employees are being paid fairly and equitably, but it also brings a fresh set of eyes to see what improvements can be made in how we reward our employees. Their analysis also reaffirmed that we do compensate our employees fairly compared to the market and help us to be an employer of choice for top talent”. Compensation is a powerful tool often overlooked in most organizations. Even implementing simple compensation tools, systems, and policies can make a world of difference when trying to reward your employees fairly and equitably. Do you have compensation consulting or HR consulting needs and want to learn more?  Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Client success story – base compensation study

Client success story – base compensation study

By on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Government and Public Sector, Human Resources Consulting, Success Stories | 0 comments

This month’s success story shows that conducting a base compensation study regularly can help align your organization’s compensation philosophy with your overall organizational strategy.  Our client is one of the largest public library systems in Ohio and needed to know if they were paying competitively compared to the market from which they draw talent. We started our analysis by reviewing their current compensation program and salary grade system. Since our client contained both union and non-union employees, we needed to take into consideration each salary grade system and conduct a thorough review of their bargaining agreement to understand any differences in their compensation programs. After careful review of the benchmarking analysis, our recommendations included addressing both union and non-union positions that were above and below the market, tips on adjusting salary grade systems, and how to communicate any compensation changes to their employees. Overall, our compensation study provided the library and their bargaining unit the necessary data to make compensation decisions for the next several years. Do you need assistance with conducting a base compensation study or have other compensation consulting needs?  Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Client success story – City of Strongsville

Client success story – City of Strongsville

By on Jul 20, 2016 in Blog, Coaching, Government and Public Sector, Success Stories, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

An example of how Organizational Architecture assists its client with leadership development is our recent work with the City of Strongsville and its leadership development program. The City of Strongsville is a large suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only does it have a larger population than other suburbs, it has a diverse mix of residential housing and businesses and attracts thousands of visitors each day who enjoy its amenities. Steve Kilo, Director of Human Resources for the City, said, “Our Mayor feels that one of our most effective advantages as a City is the quality of our departmental leadership. He has led our efforts to foster teamwork, break down barriers, and provide the tools our leaders need to be good stewards of the public’s trust. “Organizational Architecture has helped us over the years with tools to enhance our leadership skills.  Workshops on Communication Styles, Change Management, Accountability, Coaching and Conflict Resolution, and others, have made our department heads and their assistants better at leading their people.  They have had a big impact on how we lead, how we coach, and how we responsibly manage the City’s resources”. Cities have unique challenges. As we are able to do for our business and not-for-profit clients, Organizational Architecture can be your partner to help your Directors, Assistant Directors, Supervisors, and other management personnel be successful and effective leaders. Want to learn more?  Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Client success story – leadership coaching, development, and training

Client success story – leadership coaching, development, and training

By on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog, Coaching, Government and Public Sector, Success Stories, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

Today’s success story brings you to a vibrant suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. That’s right…Organizational Architecture even partners with municipalities to support their workforce strategy! We started working with this city’s leadership team to assist with on-going leadership development. Our initial assessment uncovered these challenges: The need for clarity around what characteristics are possessed by effective leaders The lack of meaningful and relevant training and development for their leadership team There was a need to foster teamwork among members of the leadership team. First, an assessment was conducted of the current managers to identify leadership potential and coaching and development needs. After identifying developmental areas of the city’s core competencies, we recommended training and development activities to meet these needs and created an action plan to deliver training workshops throughout the year. To fully commit managers to the training and development process, we also integrated the same competencies into their current performance management system including talent review and succession planning process. For the past five years, we have been able to provide customized leadership training and development to fit each department, while also targeting the specific competencies that have been deemed areas for improvement, ensuring that the entire city’s leadership team is provided a well-rounded training and development opportunity. Do you need assistance with designing a leadership training and development plan that works for your organization?  Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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