Why Holistic Hiring Needs To Be a Priority For Your Company


It’s no secret that the workforce is changing.

As technology advances, it becomes more and more important for organizations to find ways to stay relevant. As a result, many companies are turning away from old-fashioned methods of recruitment in favor of new ideas like Holistic Hiring.

With this type of hiring, employers focus on the employee as a whole instead of just their professional skill set. Employers ask candidates what motivates them and how they will fit into the company’s culture and values rather than simply trying to predict their success at the job. Skill sets are transferable!

The value of screening for cultural fit has been supported by research demonstrating that employees with a good cultural fit report greater job satisfaction and less intent to quit. Furthermore, employees with a good cultural fit are “more likely to contribute new ideas for improvement and change.”

The benefits of Holistic Hiring don’t just stop at the individual level either. By creating a workforce that reflects the company’s values, hiring managers are able to build more cohesive teams that are better suited for sustainable growth.

What is Holistic Hiring and how does it work?

By definition the term holistic is “a comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” The idea of holistic hiring is characterized by a whole system and whole self-awareness. It is a “person-centered” approach to hiring.

 It’s not just about a person’s skills or abilities; it also takes mental and social factors into account when considering a hire for employment opportunities– ensuring that you’re getting the most out of any candidate. These things can’t be ignored because it influences what kind of personality they have which in turn affects how well employees perform and collaborate at work.

 It’s time to stop thinking of employees as replaceable commodities.

The idea behind this method of recruitment is that employers focus on the employee as a whole, not just their professional skill set. Whereas traditional hiring practices often ask candidates to predict their success at the job, holistic hiring asks them what motivates them and how they will fit into the company’s culture and values.

Why you should be hiring holistically

The benefits of Holistic Hiring are pretty clear. It produces more satisfied employees who are less likely to quit. Employers spend less time recruiting and training new hires because they find someone more suited to the job and the company culture. Plus, employers will be able to recognize future challenges before they happen – either by identifying areas of potential frustration or focusing on an employee’s strengths to make the most of them.

Holistic hiring is a more person-centered approach to recruitment. It emphasizes the factors beyond professional skill sets that contribute to a candidate’s success, including their motivations and fit within the company culture. This requires employers to be proactive about assessing a candidate’s true intent as well as their ability to work within their organization.

Holistic hiring is good for employers, but what about applicants?

Candidates are looking for work where they can use their skills and experience, have a say in how they work, are recognized for their expertise, are able to have their own space without being managed directly by someone else. They want to be involved in purposeful and meaningful work.

Most importantly, applicants need to know that the organization is a safe place – free of sexism, racism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination. Candidates need to be able to trust that they’ll be appreciated for who they are and what they have to offer the company

Another plus for applicants with the Holistic Hiring approach is that they can prepare to meet the needs of the organization by studying what it does, what its culture is like and how they’ll fit into that.

The power of holistic hiring is that it evaluates candidates in a more complete way. The focus on the individual may be challenging for some companies to implement, but with these tips you can start implementing this process today!  You don’t have to do it all at once, either – take one step towards incorporating holistic hiring practices into your company’s repertoire and see how things go. If you find there are certain aspects of this approach that work well, keep them up while experimenting with other changes too. Your employee will thank you for considering their happiness as much as anything else when they accept an offer from your business.

Workplace Safety. Returning to Work During a Pandemic

The employees of Karis Alliance are trained to solve even the most complex and unique problems of any company. Reach out and an KA expert will be ready to help you think of the next best business step for your workforce and organizational development solutions.

Provided By: Karis Alliance and Atrium Health

We provide the best workforce solutions.

Experiencing a workforce dilemma? Do not fret.

Karis Alliance can help solve your company’s complex problems during the unprecedented times of COVID-19.

We’ve partnered with Atrium Health & Dr. Kaddra Grenne to provide workplace safety suggestions.

For more information, please call (704) 588-1079 or learn more about Karis Alliance by visiting karisalliance.com


Be prepared for your employees to return to work.

  • Pre-screen prior to entering the building:
  • Check temperatures, assess for symptoms (fever, cold symptoms, exposure to persons with COVID-19)
  • Give mask at entrances if possible or have employees wear their own mask (similar to what many doctor’s offices are doing)This should include all visitors to the building/work area. 
  • Determine if you need to put a hold on unnecessary visitors. 
  • Develop policies and procedures for immediately isolating people who have signs or symptoms.


Precautionary measures for presenting symptoms.

  • High risk individuals include those with immunosuppression (ie cancer), Diabetes, Heart Disease, Lung diseases, age >65 – consider a plan for those individuals
  • Do you have staggered work shifts and if not, can it be implemented to help with the number of people in the building/area?
  • Make sure employees have their own equipment and don’t need to share or borrow equipment. 
  • Discourage them from using each other’s cell phones.
  • Consider factoring more breaks due to wearing a mask all day if part of the plan.


Get your office ready.

  • Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds.  Sing ABCs. 
  • Always wash hands when visibly soiled.
  • Hand sanitizer stations (needs to be alcohol based with a minimum of 60% alcohol).
  • Maintain 6 ft distance as much as possible in work areas.
  • Provide plenty of tissues and trash receptacles throughout facility.
  • Schedule regular housekeeping practices including routine disinfection of surfaces and equipment.


Consider virtual, rather than in person.

  • First ask, why can’t this meeting be virtual?  Multiple platforms available like Teams, Zoom, Skype, Free Conference Call.
  • If in person meeting is necessary, have in a location where 6 ft distance can be maintained or consider meeting outside if area permits?


Distance, Distance.

Set up break room to maintain 6 ft distance, consider alternatives such as taking lunch in the car or an open outdoor area? Stagger lunches and breaks.


Ongoing Safety

  • If a person reports a fever or cold symptoms, need to determine how long you want person to stay home.  
  • If cold symptoms, stay home at least 72 hours or until no fever for 24 hours, should not require a doctor’s note when possible to avoid clogging the health systems.
  • If contact with COVID-19 + individual, 14 day quarantine with testing.
  • Atrium has roving mobile testing sites each week, no appointment needed, evaluation performed onsite.
  • Develop flexible, but consistent sick leave policies that are aligned with public health guidance and ensure that employees are aware.


Additional resources from our partner at Atrium Health

  • Culture of safety – if employee is sick, we need them to stay home, contact their doctor for advice regarding testing or go to www.atriumhealth.org/coronavirus. 
  • Can also call 704-468-8888 if no PCP.  Do not have to be a patient of Atrium to use this number.Biases – Dealing with employees who think it is a hoax and how this will affect team morale. 
  • May not follow guidelines, discuss with your employees about community respect and responsibility. 
  • The goal is keep everyone healthy and safe at work.  
  • Post more signage about respiratory etiquette, 20 second hand-washing throughout facility and workplace expectations.Support employees as they have multiple concerns right now: pay, leave, families, safety, health, etc. 
  • If you do not have an Employee Assistance Program, consider aligning with local organizations to provide emotional support.


Online Meetings 101

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Provided by Karis Alliance. Workforce & Advisory Solutions | Where our talent is finding yours.

Karis Alliance is here to help with workforce solutions for your teams during these unprecedented times. With change comes uncomfortable situations and adapting to new methods of doing things.

Take it one day at a time and know we will get through this. We are all in this together and we will all get through it together.

We hope this presentation provides you and your teams with more efficient and effective virtual meetings.

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Pro Tip: Touch Up My Appearance feature. This is more on the spectrum of “fun” than “useful.” In Settings > Video, check “Touch up my appearance,” and Zoom will soften the focus on your camera, theoretically minimizing any issues with your skin.

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Pro Tip: You can test your download and upload internet speeds by entering “speed test” into the google search engine, then clicking Run Test Speed. Or by using speedtest.net linked here. We advise you choose a spot close to your router if possible.

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Pro Tip: To enable keyboard shortcuts, go to Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts and select “Enable Global Shortcut” to select your preferred shortcuts.

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Pro Tip: Many video conferencing applications such as Zoom seamlessly integrate into email, calendar and other applications for easier access and organization. You might try downloadable software like Slack or Zapier for workflow management, tracking and reminders.

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Pro Tip: Recording is a tremendously useful feature for a later reference.

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Pro Tip: The Host of the meeting can see all chat messages, both group and private.

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Pro Tip: The meeting host can press ⌘Cmd+Ctrl+M (PC: Alt+M) to mute everyone on the call at once. This feature saves many wasted minutes asking individuals to “please, mute your microphone.”

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Pro Tip: Choose a well lit space in front of a window or light. For virtual backgrounds and to eliminate a crowded space – use a blank wall, or set up a sheet to create for a better virtual background effect.

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Pro Tip: Assign a dedicated person to record meeting minutes to provide a meeting brief and assign tasks accordingly. In addition having a dedicated chat room monitor to and respond is helpful for large group settings.

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Learning new things and being forced out of routines and comfort zones is difficult. It is imperative we give ourselves compassion, grace and understanding during these truly unprecedented and unfamiliar times.

We hope this presentations helps! Please feel free to share with others, as we are all in this together.

” With everything we do, we do it with integrity and grace. “

Stay Strong & Stay Safe,

The Karis Alliance Team

Published by Caryssa Beard, Managing Director at Karis Alliance

Caryssa Beard

” Helping companies find talent and save money with strategic recruitment, sales & workforce advisory solutions. “

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