Company founder, Mark D’Agostino, conceived of ConnectedHR based on his personal experience as an entrepreneur.
“After several consecutive successful years of growth, my distribution company acquired another company and essentially doubled our revenues and employee headcount. The company we acquired was located over an hour away from our location and had been in business 60 years, so we had logistical and cultural challenges to meet. We invested in systems, financial people, processes, software, hardware, inventory, vendor deals, additional sales people. But one thing we didn’t invest in was human resources. My CFO and I decided to handle all the “people related things” on our own.
As a servant leader, I felt I was fair and balanced with our employees, paid above market wages and celebrated wins and coached and encouraged employees. I worked hard to build a culture of trust and respect within our organization. But when we acquired that company and as we grew the “people things” became overwhelming. It was stressful and painful.
HR was dispersed among staff members and lacked an overall strategy. The CFO and I were traveling between two locations weekly and spread too thin. But it never occurred to me to outsource HR functions.
We muddled through Workers’ Compensation claims, employee reviews, hiring and firing, job descriptions, employee engagement. Who knows if we were even compliant? I’m sure we were at risk and that there were gaps.
I took these burdens home with me each night. How could we become a standout in our industry if we couldn’t hire and retain the best talent? How could we bring on the best employees if we couldn’t even properly manage the ones we had? How could we be an Employer of Choice?
From that personal experience, the idea of ConnectedHR was born.
I saw the need for a first-class HR company that could step in and solve all those problems and handle the key HR functions that were either beyond a company’s capacities or simply not a good use of its limited resources. I knew we could build a team that could shoulder the burdens and necessities of HR and allow our client organizations to stay focused on productive work. We could free them up to stop worrying and reacting to HR challenges.
So we conceived ConnectedHR, a company dedicated to doing one thing exceptionally well: Human Resources.
ConnectedHR has developed and honed a catalogue of best practices and gathered wide-ranging HR resources under one roof. Most importantly, we’ve selected a team of smart, entrepreneurial HR professionals who provide on-site services as if they were employees of the companies they serve.
Today, ConnectedHR offers the high quality HR support and strategy that I needed when I was struggling to handle a steep growth curve. We love to help companies like yours respond nimbly to change and stay focused on their core business.”