The Birkman Method in MailChimp’s Successful Onboarding Process

Making new hires feel like a part of the team can be difficult to navigate, but MailChimp has managed to develop an onboarding process that builds a sense of community, creates effective communication, and helps propel teams towards success. Before employees can begin working, they must participate in a robust welcoming program that pairs new hires with “Chimpanions”, have face-time with co-workers and the executive team, and attend trainings that make them feel welcome and supported from the get-go. MailChimp also leverages personality insights gathered from The Birkman Method to help employees develop self-awareness and understand how they fit into their teams.

Read more about how a company with 500+ employees and a tiny turnover rate of 4% prepares their new employees: https://www.fastcompany.com/40433689/why-mailchimp-doesnt-let-new-hires-work-for-their-first-week-on-the-job.

Dayton Business Journal: 4 Ways to Shape Your Work Culture into One That Rocks

Lunne Marketing Group examines how a company can capitalize on their potential for success by cultivating a strong company culture in The Dayton Business Journal. Several contributing factors include benefits, the company’s leadership, and most importantly, understanding the people. Asking the right questions such as “Do you have the right people on the team?” and “Do people feel inspired here?” can help drive a team towards achieving their goals. In addition, taking a personality assessment like The Birkman Method can enable team members to better understand one another, fostering an environment that is a catalyst for growth and collaboration.

Want to see other factors that influence a team and build up a company’s culture? Read the full article here: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/06/26/4-ways-to-shape-your-work-culture-into-one-that.html

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AARP: Take These Tests to Find Your New Job

Career changes can happen at any point in life. Even for people who have found the career that they love, making a shift to a new company should be approached with intentionality and caution. Personality assessments can be useful as you look to find your new job or a second career, as they enlighten you to your motivations and behavioral strengths. In this article, AARP recommends some of the most popular personality and career assessments, including The Birkman Method®, for the job seeker.

Want to see the full list of tests recommended and read more from AARP? Visit the article here: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-2015/take-these-tests-to-find-your-new-job.html

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Harvard Business Review: What to Do When Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

The Harvard Business review looks at the different reasons why a manager might not connect well with their reports, plus provides ideas for how to remedy the situation if you feel that your boss doesn’t like you. One of the points – if your boss doesn’t like your communication style – suggests to look at a personality assessment such as The Birkman Method® for insight. By looking at the details of your tUsual Behavior and your boss’s Needs, you can see where you may be unintentionally irritating them and try to shift your actions to align with what they desire from their coworkers.

You can read the full article at this link: https://hbr.org/2014/12/what-to-do-when-your-boss-doesnt-like-you

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The Wall Street Journal: Interview with Dr. Roger Birkman

The Wall Street Journal sat down with Dr. Roger Birkman, founder of The Birkman Method®, to discuss his time in World War II. In 1944, Roger Birkman was a fighter pilot with the US Army Air Corps. His B-17 bomber was shot down by German forces while flying over France. He was able to avoid being detected by German troops and found refuge with residents of a nearby town, where he waited until Allied Forces forced out the German occupation several months later.

To hear Dr. Birkman’s recount of his time in France, visit “A World War II Soldier’s Hideaway in Belgium”: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323744604578473122300208076

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US News: 6 Tips for Making a Successful Career Change

The blog on US News & World Report’s website featured a post with Marc Miller, a career design specialist, on how to make a successful career change. The first tip is to “know thyself,” and Miller touts the importance of career assessments for finding clarity about your motivations, interests, and strengths. He recommends The Birkman Method® as “the most comprehensive assessment” for people that are having trouble self-evaluating.

Read all 6 tips and the full blog post here: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/02/13/6-tips-for-making-a-successful-career-change

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Chicago Tribune: Coping with Co-Workers Who Need to Lead

In their “Lessons for Life” section, the Chicago Tribune focused on dealing with co-workers who need to lead – the people who can’t handle not being in charge of the group. For people with a strong leadership streak who are constantly battling for authority, it’s important to look into why they have this behavior. Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman, contributes to the article, sharing that some people are uncomfortable if they aren’t in a leadership role, just as others are uncomfortable when thrust into leadership. It’s important to look at your organization’s needs and see if there’s a way to put that person’s talents to work productively rather than trying to redirect their natural strengths.

If you want to read all of the suggestions from Sharon and the full article, follow this link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-01/features/ct-tribu-weigel-lead-not-follow-20111101_1_personality-types-worker-strengths

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Houston Chronicle: Employees Get Revenge on the Boss

In the wake of movies such as Horrible Bosses, the Houston Chronicle did a piece examining what realistic behaviors an employee can exhibit when feeling stressed by their boss. The article features Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman, discussing how Stress Behavior can manifest in the workplace and the discreet ways that employees get revenge on their bosses. Poor morale is one of the driving forces behind high turnover rates, as well as low productivity.

Follow this link to view the full article: http://www.chron.com/business/sixel/article/Working-Employees-get-revenge-on-the-boss-2079917.php

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Public Works: This is Not Just a Test

The Houston Solid Waste Management Division was profiled by Public Works Magazine for their productivity program. The department was facing budget concerns and needed to figure out how to improve efficiency and communication. They administered The Birkman Method personality test to department members to improve mutual understanding, trust, and communication with impressive results. Equipped with Birkman knowledge, the team members at the department developed new maintenance capabilities in-house, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars without losing any full-time employees.

For the full details about how the Houston SWMD revamped their department, read more here: http://www.pwmag.com/waste/this-is-not-just-a-test_o

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Forbes: How I Invented a New Kind of Personality Test

In 2010, Dr. Roger Birkman, founder of The Birkman Method®, wrote a piece for Forbes that walks through how he developed the assessment, how it’s different than other behavioral assessments, and how it was a challenge bringing a personality test to companies in the 1950s. This article is a must-read because it explains, in Dr. Birkman’s words, the evolution of Birkman over the decades and his motivations for developing the assessment.

To read the full article written by Dr. Birkman, visit Forbes here: http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/21/birkman-personality-test-leadership-managing-hiring.html