Recruiters and HR experts love to talk about the employee value proposition of companies. What makes them special? Why should a candidate choose this company over any other? As the trends eb and flow, employee value propositions have hinged on everything from total rewards (or benefits) packages to ping pong tables in the break room. But there are some value propositions that have stood the test of time—and one is uniquely Lucas Group: the community.
Investing intentionally in community
In truth, there are plenty of ways to define community. But at Lucas Group it’s our X factor for success. It’s the value proposition of our culture and the people that keep the culture vibrant.
You can see it in our team celebrations and goals. Recognition is built into our work here, and a lot of rewards for a job well done are trips and experiences are based on being together as a community and a team. You can also see it in the talent Lucas Group attracts and retains. My manager has been here for 23 years, for example. Without him hiring great people along the way, my team wouldn’t have the strong community I enjoy so much.
And beyond that, the values and the ethics of the company contribute to the culture and the community immensely. Success is very attainable here. Of course, you have to work hard to achieve your goals, but the community is geared toward seeing everyone win. They give you all the tools to really be successful. There’s so much collaboration within the team, and while not all recruiting firms put teamwork first, I’m so glad we do.
At Lucas Group, everybody wants to see everyone doing well. We truly believe a rising tide lifts all boats, so we’re very invested in relationships. We care about the companies and the candidates that we work for. So, even though I realize some people liken recruiting to sales, there’s not much “sales” involved in my job. We just here to help “one conversation at a time.” The value proposition for companies and candidates sells itself, because we work with some of the best companies and the best talent around. So we’re able to offer everyone something that improves their work and their careers. And if a candidate’s not ready to take a new role or a company changes their mind about a role, I don’t have any incentive to pressure candidates. My team has been clear that we want to place the right people at the right time.
And because Lucas has been honing this people-first mentality over 50 years, this community hasn’t been shaken by industry trends or changes. Even in a new all-remote work environment, we’ve kept our community strong. From the top down, everyone believes in the strategies, values and behaviors we’ve intentionally focused on to benefit our clients and our teams.
The difference between having a job and loving your job
When I think back to when I joined Lucas Group, I had the same high hopes most of us do when we join a new role. I wanted to find colleagues that I could be inspired and challenged by, I wanted to work with people that were friendly. But I had never worked in recruiting before. In the interview process, I got a strong sense of how the team worked together. I knew that most associates had long-standing tenures with the company, which can be a good sign. But you never truly know if a company has a strong community until you put in those first few months.
There are a lot of other recruiting firms out there, but I’m extremely grateful and lucky that I was able to find Lucas Group. The community here is stronger than any other workplace I’ve experienced. And that is what keeps me here.
My second year, I was visiting friends from home, and they were talking about their next career move. As they were talking about it, it dawned on me that I don’t ever plan to leave. The community keeps you coming back. There’s no other firm I’d want to work for. Lucas Group is my home.
I have not just been pleasantly surprised by the sense of community I have working at Lucas Group; I have been awed. I have met some of my best friends and mentors at Lucas Group. They have positively impacted not only my experience at Lucas Group but the person I am today. Knowing that you have that support is the difference between having a job and loving your job. And each year, I find I love my work at Lucas Group even more.