Effective Time to Hire Process Leads to Successful Onboarding of New Director and Improved Safety Performance for Utility Company
A leading utilities enterprise was looking to appoint a new Safety Director for a recently acquired company to help both integrate and elevate the existing safety program into the new corporate structure.
After the acquisition, there was a thorough review of the existing safety program at the company by the corporate safety leadership team. After that review, gaps were identified in the program and the systems in place were not as mature as they would have expected.
The CEO highlighted that the organization had buy-in from the operational leadership and field employees toward the safety program, but they lacked a figurehead who could stop the perpetuation of mistakes, effectively communicate, and offer support to operational teams in developing a world class safety culture.
Working closely with the company CEO and SVP of HSE, our client wanted to elevate the safety program, by appointing a new Safety Director. They would be responsible for developing a foundation where a robust safety program could be developed across all operations and employees.
After understanding the dynamics of the company and the role, we began our search process. Our team shortlisted and spoke with 34 possible candidates. After the outreach process, a shortlist of 8 candidates was presented to the client for interviews. Of those 8 candidates interviewed, 2 were selected for final round interviews with the hiring team.
After the completion of the final interviews, the client selected their preferred option and presented an official offer, which was subsequently accepted. The time to hire process was completed in under 3 months, and the selected candidate is coming to the end of his first year with the company. In that time, the new Director has taken steps to integrate and elevate the safety program. He has received positive feedback from his leadership team and field employees for increasing engagement and overall safety performance.