A letter from Talent Management
At Rising, we recognize that a company’s greatest competitive advantage boils down to one essential ingredient: its people. Rather then view employees as “resources” or “human capital,” we value them as unique and highly-talented individuals, hence our department name. While we still pay close attention to following employment laws, our primary focus is on finding and retaining exceptional talent.
We’ve adapted a recruitment strategy based on the Topgrading™ philosophy. We pay as much attention to how new hires mesh with our culture as we do their job knowledge and skills. Prospective employees complete a job-fit assessment called Predictive Index™ to help us match the right people to the right positions. All Rising employees take an online Strengthsfinder™ assessment to identify their top five strengths. Then we make sure each employee has opportunities to engage those strengths every day. As time passes, employees’ strengths become even stronger. We invest a substantial amount of time, effort, and financial resources in developing our talent. Our learning platform, “Rising U,” features an array of online and classroom-based courses, many of which provide Continuing Education (CEU) credit. Our corporate offices house state-of-the-art training rooms. Employees also have access to a robust corporate Intranet that facilitates fast employee communication and useful knowledge exchange.
In our commitment toward making Rising one of America’s top workplaces, we turn to our employees to find out what would make them even happier and healthier than they are today. Employee choice, consumerism, health, and wellness are at the core of our innovative benefit programs. We were early adopters of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs). Since the hiring of our very first employee, Rising has been offering a company-match 401(k) plan.
The best way to get a sense of Rising’s strong corporate culture is to actually visit our offices. Many prospective employees and clients walk through our doors and say they visibly see and tangibly sense the passion of our people. It doesn’t take long for guests to realize that Rising’s seven Core Values aren’t just plastered on a random wall; they’re lived here each and every day. For the Talent Management team, no core value is more important than “Diamonds, not Coal.” Our primary job is to help people realize their full potential by fostering a work environment that allows all employees to shine their brightest.