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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Shivani Nair, Talent Consultant

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Shivani Nair, Talent Consultant from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Shivani’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

I joined Shortlist as a Talent Consultant less than a year ago. My life at Shortlist is filled with a lot of exciting and diverse projects. Exploring the unknown and learning something new every day is a must-have for my ideal job profile and my work as a Talent Consultant at Shortlist is exactly that.

I never know what the next consult will bring, whether I’ll be diving into researching taxation to find someone their perfect Finance Controller or Business analyst or exploring luxury goods website designs to looking for a Head of Marketing or my personal favorite, helping non-profits find the most passionate people to fulfill their program needs.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer because I mistakenly thought that being an advocate meant you could talk as much as you wanted and everyone had to listen to you. 😛This was reinforced by my love of debating and in general articulating my view of the world in a persuasive manner.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

My educational background is in finance having done my Bachelors and Masters degrees in accountancy and business. However, I was always passionate about educational equity and reform and have been volunteering with non-profits in the education sector all my adult life.

I joined Teach For India as the recruitment lead for Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. After focusing on extensive stakeholder management, candidate management, and brand building for two years I was looking for an opportunity to explore and learn something new. That’s when Shortlist called and I couldn’t pass on an opportunity to explore talent acquisition in-depth in such diverse industries across the country and the globe.

How has your current role impacted you?

My current role has reignited my passion for learning and exploring diverse viewpoints as each role brings with it a different industry to research, a different skillset to explore and a different talent pool to understand.
Each client also introduces me to a different work culture and hiring process. Additionally, getting to speak with and understand the thought process of different industry leaders has opened my eyes to how different hiring and talent management processes work and how it’s something that I would actually want to understand a whole lot more.

Tell us about a candidate that inspired you. 

My first few roles were mostly with non-profits. Many of the candidates I spoke to were even at the cost of taking a significant pay cut looking to shift into a more impactful role as they wanted to use their skills to add value to the society. That coupled with their humility and the fact that many of my candidates looked for challenging work, not just comfortable positions has been a major and constant source of inspiration for me.

What’s your professional superpower?

Calling it a superpower feels like a stretch, but I think my love for connecting with people and genuine interest in figuring out each person’s story is a huge advantage in a job that is so reliant on building strong client and candidate relations.

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

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Midnight cycling adventure with team

Every successful hire.

I love the feeling of being instrumental in changing someone’s life in some way or helping an organization fill a role that was vital to them. The midnight cycling adventure we went on as a team is one of my favorite memories in Mumbai.

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Fun. Highly motivated. Diverse.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Anything that involves exposure to trees, ocean views, or sunsets, usually involving long walks. Reading novels. Exploring new and foreign cultures through food and cinema often obsessing over their language. Currently obsessed with learning Korean.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

Currently re-reading one of my favourite authors- Michael Crichton’s Sphere as I’m surrounded by books from my childhood being stuck at my parent’s place during the lockdown.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

Employability is closely connected with educational reform, and both areas are close to my heart. The amount of wasted potential in our country is ridiculous and while a number of factors come into play, a flawed hiring and selection process contributes significantly to it.

The way Shortlist approaches hiring is a much-needed intervention for the recruitment space in India. Though it doesn’t always seem evident or even implementable with 100% of our clients I see Shortlist recruiters try to encourage a more skill-based, unbiased, and empathetic hiring practice on a daily basis. Hopefully one day we will be working much more directly on this vision.

How is Shortlist different from other companies?

I think what truly sets us apart is the combination of expertise and empathy with which we operate with our clients and candidates.

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

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Team Hustlers

High fives to :
• The hustlers – my team! I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from a team of such distinctly different but identically awesome people.
• A special shout out to our Leadership team for holding everything together when the world seems to be falling apart and retaining not only all of us but their sense of humor as well.
• Our amazing intern Ronak and our fabulous fellows Ahlam and Vaibhavi. Feels like we wouldn’t last a day without them.

Any final words:

As much as I miss our beautiful office, the ceaseless banter, and Friday drinks, I think right now is probably the gladdest I have been that I am a Shortlister. In times of adversity and isolation, this team and organization has shined through and how!

Thank you, Shivani! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Gunjan’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Gunjan Talreja, Talent Consultant

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Gunjan Talreja, Talent Consultant from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Gunjan’s Shortlist journey. 

So, Gunjan. Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

I work as a Talent Consultant with the Operations Team. I work on mid-executive level searches for clients across different industries such as FMCG, Education, Financial Services, etc.

At a given point of time, I usually run about 4-6 search-based roles for our clients. This is always an exciting process as I get to work with new clients across different industries and sometimes even different geographies.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I always envisioned myself in the role of a nurse. 👩‍⚕‍ I loved helping people and caring for them. However, each year my “career choices” would keep changing and I would be comfortable with allowing that to happen. I have always been ‘multi-passionate’ and hence the changing nature.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

Shortlist is my first full-time role after university. After graduating in Psychology, I was not very sure about what I wanted to do next. I was passionate about the social impact space and wanted to explore it further. I had done quite a few internships and volunteering work with NGOs too. I went for my post graduation in Social Innovation Management, did a fellowship with Ashoka, met with a lot of social entrepreneurs, and learnt about their visions. After my fellowship, while I was figuring out ‘what next’ I met Mehndi Shivdasani who is a Team Lead at Shortlist and got to learn about her work and what Shortlist does.
Recruitment was not a field I had initially planned working in. But after learning more about Shortlist, I realised that I was always interested in “unlocking human potential” be it through my interest in psychology, yoga, or meditation. And looking at Shortlist’s mission “unlocking professional potential” made me realize this was nothing but a perfect alignment! I decided to take a leap of faith and joined Shortlist as a Talent analyst.

How has your current role impacted you?

My current role as a Talent Consultant has impacted me – personally and professionally. I speak with individuals from different sectors, each interaction gives me an opportunity to grow. In my role, I build relationships with founders and CEOs who are extremely driven and passionate about the work that they do. Understanding human nature has always been a core passion, and this role allows me to do that in a multitude of ways. It has been a great learning curve that never stops, grows with each new role, company, and industry. Personally, it leaves me fulfilled knowing that I get a chance to work with leaders who are creating massive impact out there.

Tell us about a candidate that inspired you. 

This is tricky as I can think of so many candidates. But if I had to think of one, it had to be a candidate who I was interviewing for a role in an education-based NGO. He was extremely passionate about working with children and empowering them to become leaders in their lives. This passion drove him every single day in his long career. Our call went on for about 40 minutes as we kept digging deeper into his work and understanding his personal as well as professional journey with each role that he held. That intricacy which included a mix between the two, made me understand how deeply connected our individual passions are to our careers.

What’s your professional superpower?

Keeping an open mind. I am always open to new ideas, thoughts and allow myself to think beyond what something actually looks like. This allows me to come up with creative questions and ideas to challenge existing notions. 💡

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

My favourite Shortlist memory is hands down the April 2019 retreat in Lonavala. It was so memorable interacting with members of our tech team, which is based in Hyderabad. We had lots of discussions on tech vs ops and all had a great time getting to know one another! 😎

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

• Hustle + Heart ❤️
• #OneTeam
• Ambitious and driven both in their personal and professional lives

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love listening to podcasts, reading, doing some yoga 🧘 or breathwork. I like to catch up with friends and family on weekends.
I also like participating in online workshops and interacting with new people.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

• Reading: ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill and ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle
• Watching: Just finished ‘Sweet Magnolias’ on Netflix
• Listening to: ‘The Lime Tree’ by Trevor Hall

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

I resonate with the Shortlist mission on a very personal level. I truly believe that we all have infinite potential within ourselves and it just requires either us or someone else to see it. At Shortlist, we help candidates navigate the confusing spectrum of applying for a job and looking beyond their credentials. It is like being a best friend who can see beyond the surface level when interacting with you. This allows us to truly help companies find people who won’t just have the necessary skills but also bring in traits and characteristics that would allow them to excel in the company. It is a perfect synchronous match between a candidate and the company.
At Shortlist, we also help candidates understand themselves through introspection by using tools like Career Success and Deeper Signals on our platform. This is especially useful for individuals just starting their career.

How is Shortlist different from other companies?

At Shortlist, everyone is encouraged to bring their whole selves at work and express their thoughts openly. This brings in a diversity of thought, which allows us to constantly learn from each other. The leadership team is always known to bring in an element of fun during team meetings and this helps in encouraging a great team culture.
We value our candidates and clients alike, and you can always see us trying our best to provide most value that we can.
People are also encouraged to put on an “intrapreneurial hat” from time to time as the team brainstorms on ideas affecting the whole company.

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

To be honest, a huge high-five to everyone single person at Shortlist. 🙌 We have seamlessly gotten through an unprecedented time during the pandemic and have fostered team spirit! #OneTeam

Any final words:

I would just say that my journey at Shortlist has been great so far, both personally as well as professionally.

Thank you, Gunjan! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Gunjan’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

If you would like help building your team, let us help you. Shortlist offers a wide range of recruitment solutions that help companies build great teams.

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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Ganesh Gavankar, Global Finance Manager

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Ganesh Gavankar, Global Finance Manager from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Ganesh’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

To sum it in one sentence- professionally enriching experience with desired work-life balance!
At Shortlist, I formulate and implement finance process improvements, and manage cash flows. I take care of internal and external financial reporting, taxation, and other finance-related matters.
I enjoy the experience of working at a startup like Shortlist. Honestly, I wish other organizations could also learn from this great culture that Shortlist has.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was always inclined towards drawing and painting. As a kid, I used to spend most of my time painting mountains and sunsets. But pretty soon I realized that I wasn’t even close to becoming MF Hussain.😜 I sold my first hand-made drawings when I was in 6th standard and realized how important understanding commerce is!
I became a thorough convert to the field of commerce ever since.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

I had worked on a significant number of assignments that mostly involved the audit of finance processes, preparation and presentation of financial statements, analytical reviews, valuations of securities, BvA analysis, etc.
THE missing piece was – I was working on passive data rather than on active or existing data. The next professional step was to work on active data and take corrective actions at the right time. The role of Finance Manager at Shortlist provided me the right opportunity for me to do that.

How has your current role impacted you?

One of the biggest learnings for me was to understand the existence of cost-effective software or platforms that help small businesses scale up their operations at a favorable cost to benefits ratio.
I am thrilled that our Shortlist hiring platform is definitely one such amazing product!

What’s your professional superpower?

I don’t know if it’s a superpower or not, but according to me ‘Integrity’ plays a pivotal role in the function that deals with significant stakeholders like employees, vendors, investors, government departments, etc.

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

Undoubtedly, it is from our last team outing in Lonavla. I bowled out Paul (our co-founder and CEO), hitting the middle stump. Bowling him out was important because he is a dangerous batsman in cricket who has baseball experience! He had single-handedly demolished the previous team that he played with, by hitting some crazy sixes!

Finance manager Ganesh at Shortlist retreat

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Dedicated, Young, Next Generation.

What’s your favourite Shortlist value and why? (Learn more about our values here!)

“Own it” – I have always been that person that if I notice a problem, I try to fix it. This value resonates deeply with me.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

I find our mission vital because it promotes a culture of the objective selection of candidates and wants to do away with a bias-prone hiring system.

So Ganesh, what do you like to do outside of work?

Two things without a doubt- whenever I get a chance, do something adventurous that gets my adrenaline pumping (paragliding, camel riding and a lot more) and spending time with family.

Finance manager Ganesh at Shortlist party

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

Currently, I am tracking the development of the COVID-19 situation and its impact. That is at the top of my list for the moment.

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

Hanifa, Naomi and Catherine – thanks for all your support whenever I needed it. You guys are a superb team to work with.

India and Kenya – BD & Ops team a huge shout out for your support on all the finance processes.

 

Thank you, Ganesh! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Ganesh’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

If you would like help building your team, let us help you. Shortlist offers a wide range of recruitment solutions that help companies build great teams. 

Aratrika Dev, Manager- Human Resources

Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Aratrika Dev, Manager Human Resources

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Aratrika Dev, Manager- Human Resources from Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Aratrika’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

Life at Shortlist is super fun and exciting. As a Manager, Human Resources, I take care of all the amazing people working at Shortlist.  

I make sure they have all the resources they need to be productive, celebrate their talent and achievements, add new experiences to their daily work life through team events, and facilitate high performance through a happy work environment!  

I’m the first HR personnel to be recruited at Shortlist. So I take my job and responsibilities extra seriously to make sure I’m setting the right example and trend for the Human Resources team as it grows slowly.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The first memory I have of wanting to become something was when I was about three years old. Sushmita Sen was crowned Miss Universe, and that is exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up 😀 Later, I moved on to having a rock band and becoming a rockstar! 

But I always had a keen sense of business – I would travel with my parents every winter vacation, buy clothes, artifacts and sell them back in my hometown. I made cards, wrote poems, and baked cakes for a small price, combo discount if you wanted all three! So finally, I decided I’m an entrepreneur and will run my own business one day 🙂

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

I have worked at other startups before. Shortlist is the third startup I am working at. I like the thrill of creating processes, structures, policies – bringing order from chaos. But I also need my creative space. To be able to discuss ideas, research best practices, and customize it to our setting, implement new thoughts and perspectives. 

This is very difficult to do because, as a Human Resources Manager in a startup, you are closely working with the founder’s office and, more often than not, end up becoming a mouthpiece of the founder’s unchallenged ideas and perspectives. So I was looking and praying to come across an organization that has a culture of welcoming new ideas, experiments, thoughts and that wants to build a healthy workplace where its employees look forward to going to every morning!

How has your current role impacted you?

I have learned a lot in my current role. I can safely say that my interior designing and event management skills got a real boost through my office remodeling and staff retreat planning projects last year! Jokes apart, I have gained so much exposure to diverse teams, people, demography, ideas, and projects. I set up the performance management framework here, which I have always been interested in. I have learned so much from my manager on handling people, balancing between empathy and being just, breaking big projects down into actionable steps, and so much more. 

This role has pushed me to be more creative and adaptive!

What’s your professional superpower?

Getting along with people from diverse backgrounds!

Enjoying an outing with the team

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

When I was “Honey” Roasted at the India Staff Retreat, 2019 – that was a good day 🙂

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Innovative, Encouraging, and full of Swag!😎

Innovative Shortlist team full of swag

What’s your favourite Shortlist value and why? (Learn more about our values here!)

“Own It” – if each one of us does what we are supposed to with the aim of the best results, the world will become hassle-free!

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

Companies invest in people – as people make and execute winning strategies for the company. It would be a disaster if they were to invest in the wrong people.

People spend 70% of their time at work. Imagine the plight if they were working in a role that did not use their potential nor gave them the platform for development. 

Shortlist is trying to enhance the recruitment landscape through technology and new concepts like the Marketplace+Shortlist Connect, which creates a bridge, filling the current gaps and creating a new way – that’s a hell of a mission!

So Aratrika, what do you like to do outside of work?

I like to paint, cook once in a while, travel often, explore new & old food joints and make playlists!

Having fun paragliding on vacation

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

Watching – Restaurants on the Edge, The English Game

Reading – The Woman in the Window, The Egyptian spy who saved Israel

Listening – Serhat Durmus, FKJ, Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

Hi5 to my manager, Mridvika, for leading by example!

Any final words?

“To win the marketplace, you must first win the workplace!” – Douglas Conant

 

Thank you, Aratrika! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Aratrika’s experiences make you want to join our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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Apply today –  we’re excited to hear from you.

If you would like help building your team, let us help you. Shortlist offers a wide range of recruitment solutions that help companies build great teams. 

Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Diana, Recruitment Associate

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At Shortlist, we love building and growing our team as much as we love building yours. In this installment of our Shortlister Spotlight series, (a Q&A series to get to know more of our team members), meet Diana Nyerere, a Recruitment Associate in our Nairobi Office.

Diana loves adventure as much as she loves her work. Get to know more about her, her inspiration, favorite cuisine and more!

Hello Diana! Tell us about what you do at Shortlist

I am a Recruitment Associate. I support companies, both SMEs and corporates, across Africa and the rest of the world in talent acquisition. My current role enables me to work with multiple social impact organisations, large corporates and startups across different geographies and industries.

How has your time at Shortlist impacted you so far?

My role has changed how I view the world. There are so many people out there with different stories about their journey and a thousand more who have done great things and have a lot to offer. It’s just a matter of understanding and identifying how they can contribute to organisations. I am now more curious to hear and read fascinating stories of professionals from around the world, and what has led to their success. You are constantly surprised to learn what one person can do in their career in a span of 10 years and how much they can achieve and impact a team!

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

My background has been in analytics and research, both in the financial and real estate sectors. Before joining Shortlist, my dream was to get into a field that allowed human interaction. Don’t get me wrong – crunching numbers was fulfilling, but I yearned to interact with a more diverse and inclusive team. Surprisingly, I am now a professional recruiter with great passion in talent acquisition.

Adventure brings out my other superpowers 🙂

What’s your professional superpower?

Hehe hehe. Good one! I want to believe I am a “Strengthener”. Recruitment is fun, and working as a team makes it more fun. I find it easy and I’m at my best helping my colleagues by contributing ideas and brainstorming on better ways to achieve our goals. I understand that my team’s headache is equally my headache and together we can make any project work.

What’s your favorite Shortlist value and why?

Being a whole person. I am a workaholic and I can easily fall off at times. However, every time I look at the Shortlist values on the office wall and see this one, I am reminded that I need to take a step back. I am lucky to have friends and family who pull me away to relax and work out so that I can jumpstart my body. A healthy body equals a happy person. 🙂

What are three words you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Fun. Innovative. Collaborative

What’s your favorite Shortlist memory?

When I closed my first project and got a hire! I was so excited, felt like I had conquered the world and that anything was possible. The best part was seeing how happy everyone in the team was. We celebrate together, as one team.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

A company is as good as its people. Sourcing and placing the right professionals is vital and always the Shortlist goal. We want our clients to succeed and this is made possible through finding them world-class talent.

As you know, we like to give “high-fives” to recognize when our team members do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister

Sarah ~  Such a good leader, listener, thinker and helper

Yvonne ~ I realized a lot about myself through this article.

And most importantly, high five to Shortlist for believing that I could grow into a career I knew nothing of and giving me this opportunity.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Travelling. We live in a very beautiful world. Some places are so peaceful and I always look forward to going away from the CBD to a quiet place in order to relax.

What’s more beautiful?

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an Engineer. I had actually applied to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in university but changed my mind on the last day of application. No regrets though.

Tell us about someone that has inspired you

I once met a young gentleman who has built a sports company from the ground up. He is now working on franchising the company. This taught me that anything is possible if you believe. I know this sounds cliche, but trust me I have seen the company grow tremendously in a short period, and I now work with confidence and believe in my capabilities.

How is Shortlist different than other companies?

How one team is actually exercised as well as the fun activities and team members. I have never worked in an environment where there is such teamwork. A true definition of culture shock!

Touring Coastal Kenya

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This is a must-read for anyone who is wondering whether they can achieve their dreams or not!

If you were to swap places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?

Queen Elizabeth. I have always been curious to know what royalty is all about. I mean, is it something to envy or not? Probably is though!

Anything else you want the world to know about you?

I know I have a poker face but I am very easy to talk to. Cooking is also my therapy – weird, huh? I love Indian restaurants and I plan to travel to India just for the food. I mean, have you seen their street food? Mouthwatering!

Final words?

Don’t let your pride block you from your destiny; don’t be afraid to submit to the wisdom of the leaders before you.

 

Did you love Diana’s experience at Shortlist? Visit our website for opportunities to be part of the Shortlist Team. If you would like help building your team, let us help you. Shortlist offers a wide range of recruitment solutions that help companies build great teams.