I am Biser. After many years in sales and HR, together with my wife, we launched Connecto – a boutique firm that helps businesses grow through people and technology. We help entrepreneurs build agile and efficient teams and accelerate their growth by connecting people and technology. I have over 12 years of experience in executive search and recruitment, providing strategic partnerships to clients in various industries, including technology, industrial, telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, and others. Previously, I have held several sales positions in international companies. I am a tech geek and early adopter of new technology. When not working on Connecto, I love spending time with my wife, two kids, and our dog and reading about exciting new startups.
I’m Ogy. An entrepreneur, mother, coach, and an unshakeable optimist dedicated to helping teams build high-performing culture, attract and retain top talent and keep people motivated and engaged. I have over 8 years of experience in talent acquisition and people management. We started Connecto with the mission to help companies in the scale-up phase overcome the barriers to growth. Connecto is part of the family. We care, and we are committed to getting the job done. I am happy to serve clients both in English and German. I love ballet and cooking healthy recipes for my family.
HR Business Partner
I’m Deyan. With over 4 years of multicultural and diverse experience in human resources and L&D, I have honed my expertise in strategic planning, talent management, internal learning strategies, and employee relations. My mission is to foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and innovation within organizations, enabling them to attract, develop, and retain top-tier talent. As an HR Business Partner, I am driven by data and insights, leveraging HR analytics to make informed decisions that optimize workforce performance and drive business results. My collaborative and empathetic approach allows me to build strong relationships with employees and management, creating an environment where everyone can thrive. I am a photography enthusiast and a passionate explorer.
I am Hristina. With a background in Administration and Educational Management, I deeply appreciate the importance of cultivating a positive work environment and fostering growth, learning, and curiosity among staff members. My journey began with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, where I developed a keen interest in understanding human behavior and motivation. I am committed to creating impactful HR strategies and processes that enhance employee performance and organizational success. I believe in the power of open communication, positivity, and empathy to address challenges and drive positive change. I am passionate about music, yoga, dance, astrology, and traveling.
I am Gergana. With a strong foundation in Human Resources and a genuine interest in helping individuals thrive in their professional journeys, I am committed to contributing my skills and insights to make a difference in the workplace. I strongly believe in the power of empathy, especially in the workplace, as I recognize the impact of positive people relations and overall employee well-being. As a student in Business Administration, I have developed a solid understanding of recruitment, employee relations, and HR policies. I am driven by a passion for enhancing my skills and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in the HR field. Throughout my academic journey, I have gained hands-on experience through seminars, workshops, and projects, enabling me to collaborate with teams and support HR initiatives effectively. Naturally curious, I love exploring new activities, books, places, and cultures.
SOLUTIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION
Building a Strong Employer Brand
We recognize that a strong employer brand would help attract top talent. To achieve this, we would implement the following initiatives:
- Create an engaging career website highlighting the company’s culture, values, and employee benefits.
- Actively participate in industry events, conferences, and job fairs to showcase the company’s expertise. - Leverage social media platforms to share employee success stories, testimonials, and industry insights. - Encourage employees to become brand ambassadors, promoting the company’s values and culture.
To identify the right candidates efficiently, we would adopt a targeted sourcing strategy:
- Utilize various job portals and professional networking platforms to advertise job openings.
- Cultivate relationships with universities and colleges, participating in career development programs and recruiting fresh graduates (where applicable).
- Develop a referral program, incentivizing employees to refer qualified candidates from their professional networks.
Streamlined Selection Process
We understand the significance of a structured and thorough selection process. This is why we would implement the following practices:
- Develop comprehensive job descriptions and candidate profiles to clearly define expectations.
- Conduct initial screenings to assess candidates’ qualifications, skills, and cultural fit.
- Organize multiple rounds of interviews, involving different stakeholders to ensure a holistic evaluation. - Administer skill assessments, case studies, and behavioral assessments to gauge candidates’ abilities.
Onboarding and Integration
To facilitate a seamless transition for new hires, we would focus on effective onboarding and integration practices:
- Design a detailed onboarding program, providing a comprehensive orientation to company policies, processes, and culture.
- Assign mentors to new employees, offering guidance and support during the initial months.
- Organize team-building activities and cross-functional projects to encourage collaboration and integration.
Assessing Learning Needs
We started the journey toward establishing learning initiatives by conducting a thorough assessment of the learning needs within the organization. This involves analyzing skills gaps, identifying emerging trends in the industry, and understanding the specific learning requirements of different departments and job roles.
Designing a Learning Framework
Based on the assessment, we developed a comprehensive learning framework that aligns with the organization's strategic goals and individual employee development. The framework included the following components:
- Learning Objectives: Clear and measurable learning objectives are defined to guide employees' learning journeys and ensure alignment with organizational goals.
- Competency Models: Competency models are created for each job role, outlining the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required for success. These models serve as a roadmap for employees to identify areas for improvement and focus their learning efforts.
- Learning Pathways: designing structured learning pathways, consisting of courses, workshops, certifications, and on-the-job training, to help employees acquire the necessary skills and knowledge at different stages of their careers.
To support the learning initiatives effectively, we invested in creating a robust learning infrastructure. The infrastructure included the following components:
- Learning Management System (LMS): An intuitive and user-friendly LMS was implemented to centralize learning resources, track employee progress, and facilitate self-paced learning. The LMS also allowed employees to access a wide range of online courses, webinars, and other learning materials.
- Internal Training Programs: We established an internal training department responsible for designing and delivering customized training programs tailored to the organization's unique needs. These programs covered technical skills, leadership development, compliance training, and other relevant areas.
- External Partnerships: We forged strategic partnerships with external training providers, industry experts, and educational institutions to access specialized knowledge and expertise. This collaboration expanded the learning opportunities available to employees and provided access to the latest industry insights.
Cultivating a Learning Culture
We recognized that establishing a learning culture required more than just providing resources and infrastructure. This is why we implemented various strategies to foster a culture of continuous learning:
- Leadership Support: The leadership team at the company actively championed and supported the learning initiatives. They participated in training programs, emphasized the importance of learning in team meetings, and recognized employees' learning achievements.
- Employee Engagement: We encouraged employees to take ownership of their learning by providing time and resources for professional development. Managers conducted regular discussions with employees to identify their learning goals, provide guidance, and align their development with organizational objectives.
- Knowledge Sharing Platforms: We established internal platforms, such as online forums, communities of practice, and cross-functional projects, to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration among employees. These platforms encouraged employees to learn from each other's expertise and experiences.
Measurement and Evaluation
With the support of critical stakeholders, we implemented a robust system for measuring and evaluating the impact of our learning initiatives. Key performance indicators (KPIs) were established to track the effectiveness of the learning programs, including metrics such as employee engagement, skills improvement, application of learning in daily work, and business outcomes.
Defining Core Values
The first step in establishing a company culture was defining the core values that would guide our client’s operations. Alongside the company’s leadership, we conducted brainstorming sessions and engaged employees in discussions to identify the key principles that represented the organization's mission and vision. The core values identified included transparency, teamwork, continuous learning, creativity, and customer-centricity.
Employee Empowerment and Engagement
We recognized the importance of empowering employees and involving them in the decision-making process. To foster a sense of ownership and engagement, we implemented various initiatives, such as:
- Open Communication Channels: Regular team meetings, town halls, and open-door policies were implemented to encourage transparent communication between employees and management.
- Employee Feedback Mechanisms: Anonymous surveys, suggestion boxes, and feedback sessions were established to gather input from employees. The feedback received was carefully analyzed, and appropriate actions were taken to address concerns and suggestions.
- Recognition and Rewards: We implemented an employee recognition program to acknowledge and reward outstanding performance. Peer-to-peer recognition, employee of the month awards, and performance-based bonuses were some of the initiatives undertaken to promote a culture of appreciation.
Learning and Development Opportunities
Connecto understands the importance of continuous learning for both individual and organizational growth. To support employee development, we implemented the following initiatives:
- Training and Mentorship Programs: The company organized regular training sessions, workshops, and seminars to enhance employees' skills and knowledge. Additionally, a mentorship program was introduced, connecting experienced employees with newcomers to foster knowledge sharing and professional growth.
- Educational Support: Our client provided financial assistance for employees pursuing higher education or professional certifications related to their roles. This initiative demonstrated the company's commitment to employee development and encouraged a culture of lifelong learning.
Work-Life Balance and Well-being
Recognizing that a healthy work-life balance contributes to employee satisfaction and productivity, we implemented several measures to promote employee well-being:
- Flexible Work Arrangements: The company allowed employees to have flexible working hours and provided options for remote work when feasible. This flexibility empowered employees to manage their work and personal commitments effectively.
- Wellness Programs: We organized wellness programs, such as additional health benefits, mental health initiatives, and health check-ups, to support employees' physical and mental well-being. These programs were aimed at reducing stress, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and fostering a positive work environment.
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion
To foster a culture of inclusivity, we started focusing more on celebrating diversity and promoted equal opportunities for all employees. We implemented the following practices:
- Diverse Hiring Practices: The company actively sought diverse talent through inclusive job advertisements and unbiased hiring processes. The company strived to create a workforce that reflected a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
- Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): ERGs were established to create a supportive community for underrepresented groups within the organization. These groups provided a platform for networking, mentorship, and shared experiences.