Andrew Levy, Uber
Researching and defining an Employer Value Proposition (EVP) is one of the most important undertakings an organization can do. After all, EVP is how your employees feel about work and how candidates evaluate you as a potential employer. When done right, a good EVP helps you effectively, efficiently recruit and retain the best talent for your specific culture. Without EVP, your recruiters and employees may not be telling a consistent, truthful story about work.
For most organizations, EVP is a terrifying task -- it requires a significant investment of time and money -- often paid to a consulting firm. I'm here to tell you a different story of constructing an EVP. At Uber, we turned this process on it's head and decided to build EVP quickly and lightly, for free, in house, using tons of data points. Here's how we did it...
-You and your recruitment team are likely telling/selling the wrong story to candidates about your company without even knowing it. Years of reporting structures, cascading goals, and executive speeches have conditioned us to repeat messaging form the top even if it doesn't match the reality in the ranks.
-Brand definition work does not require monetary investment by the part of HR, recruiting, or brand marketing. An EVP can be researched, defined, and disseminated using completely free tools.
-The success of your EVP project can be measured out in the marketplace with candidates and internally with your employees. Doing the work to understand EVP has much broader implications outside of recruiting and can help illuminate the most impactful HR programming your organization should tackle.
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