The Pi Group is a leading, US-based talent advisory business focused on the consumer goods industry (a Hunt Scanlon “Top 50” firm). With offices in Connecticut and New York it delivers a number of strategic propositions to an enviable list of marque clients ranging from professional search, talent mapping and retained C-suite talent acquisition through to career management, executive coaching and high-performing team transformation programmes. Founded in 2013, and fostering a unique “never settle” but “don’t take yourself too seriously” culture, The Pi Group has been in high-growth mode since day one.
The war for talent is well and truly underway with respect to The Pi Group’s own recruitment challenge. To meet its ambitious future growth plans, the company seeks to recruit, and professionally induct, a new joiner every three weeks. This is challenging in this sector and in this geography: the economy is booming and many of their competitors are doing similar! As such, the first challenge is to continue to attract the best into their company and, also, to ensure they are trained up as quickly as possible: ready to serve their clients and to commence revenue generating activity soon after onboarding.
How Method Grid was used
Lauren Rath, the Director of People and Culture at The Pi Group, was instrumental in harnessing Method Grid to completely overhaul their staff induction process. Method Grid is used across the business for multiple ends – developing and selling client service propositions, capturing internal procedures – but Lauren saw the opportunity to use the platform to enable her recruitment and staff development remit.
Lauren very quickly developed a new grid (The Pi Group Training Programme) with twelve stages (mapped to a 12-week induction regime) and multiple themes/rows covering key dimensions: Company Overview, Recruitment Cycle, Candidate Management, Client Management, Business Skills, Client Sectors, Company IT systems etc. Thereafter, a number of discrete lesson modules were captured (as discrete elements in this framework) and each assigned to a Pi colleague for content completion. Lauren color-labelled these elements according to their work-in-progress development – only turning them green as and when they passed her quality assurance.