Over the past 16 years, Elizabeth Gerbel, CEO and Founder of EAG Services and EAG 1Source based in Houston, has recruited, trained and led teams of highly skilled technical and industry subject matter experts. While management consultant burnout is commonplace in the industry, she has defied the trend within her own firms.
Both companies embody a fun and diverse culture and achieve high annual employee retention. Gerbel attributes this back to EAG’s hiring process, and her signature interviewing strategy which identifies individuals who are most likely to thrive long term (versus those who merely survive and ultimately burn out).
Gerbel’s secret hiring recipe is simple at its core, but it is absolutely fundamental to identifying those who will thrive versus survive. Her strategy limits hiring to recruits who are SMART, ENGAGING, HUMBLE AND DRIVEN. Together, these qualities allow EAG team members to focus on the right things, to address project challenges efficiently, to learn from one another and ultimately, to ward off burnout. One has to feel able and confident both in oneself and in one’s team to enjoy the type of work that EAG tackles.
Gerbel has seen an exponential increase in consultants coming from big firms to her company. Culture is playing an ever-critical role in preventing burnout. “Our culture is at the top of our minds on a daily basis. It’s one thing to talk about your culture, but it’s another thing to live it, and daily. It takes an ongoing commitment to ensuring that the people you hire are in line with your company culture. For us, putting culture first and ensuring that every new employee who walks through our door fits our recruiting profile, has proven to be our secret sauce,” says Gerbel.
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