Spring Training: Creating the Best Team to Help Your Business Win
By Andy Moss
The whole crew here at M Force recently got together for our spring company meeting. It was a great time to get together and talk about our goals for the rest of 2013. During the week, we ended up coming together as a company around a couple of really important ideas.
Coming Together as a Team
Many of us are sports fans here at M Force and after a tough College Football and Basketball season we’re looking forward to baseball! Major League Spring Training in March gives way to opening day in April and we thought it would be fitting to mold our meeting around the America’s Pastime.
Spring Training for a baseball team is a time when players of all levels and experience, from prospect to All-Star, come together to lean, compete and mesh as a team. Most importantly, everyone learns from each other. The vets teach the rookies about what it takes to make it in the big leagues. They are the foundation and pass on tradition, wisdom and the right way of doing things. The rookies on the other hand bring youth, enthusiasm and the spark every group needs to keep things exciting and fresh. Both of these parts are essential, and learning how they mesh is essential to becoming a great team.
Being a Proactive Business
This idea is REALLY important for our business (and any business for that matter). In order to grow and prosper we must be ready for the needs of our client. For example, when a client comes to us looking for a SolidWorks designer or engineer, we pride ourselves on having that employee ready to go BEFORE our client has a need. That means building a pool of qualified individuals ready and willing to take the next step in their careers. Think of it like ordering a book on Amazon.com. When you go online and click to order your item, Amazon pulls it from their stock and ships it directly to you, sometimes within one business day. Amazon would never wait until someone orders a book to go and negotiate rates with the publisher and receive its inventory. It simply isn’t efficient and would quickly lead to a drop off in business. But many staffing companies operate in JUST that way. A client calls and they scramble to search for someone looking for work. That never leads to a result that makes the client happy in the long run. We promise to deliver quality candidates to businesses because we take the time to build relationships with our people BEFORE there is a need.
Focusing on Training
Just like that Major League club, practice makes perfect. Right now baseball teams are spending a lot of time in the batting cages, shagging fly balls and watching video tape. Every member of the team, from the All-Star to the rookie participates in drills. Here at M Force, we’re putting a focus on training our employees so that when it comes time for the big game, we’re there to deliver. We think that putting a premium on training, consistency and fundamentals (you've heard that term a lot if you've spent any time around a baseball team) will create a better product for everyone we work with and serve.