Dogfish Head's "Off-Centered" Approach to Talent Management

by Melany Gallant | Posted | Culture

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When it comes to creating a unique brand identity, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has it nailed. The company has made a name for itself brewing off-centered ales for off-centered people.

How? In part, by brewing “off-centered rock star” talent in its unique corporate culture.

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To ensure its distinct culture is reinforced through its performance management processes, the Delaware-based craft brewery is leveraging the flexibility of the Halogen TalentSpace™ suite to customize talent processes and competencies and ensure coworkers receive regular ongoing coaching and feedback.

The result? Consistent performance standards for coworkers and the development of a high-performing workforce.

Bailey Borzecki

We recently asked Bailey Borzecki, HR Generalist at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, how the organization integrated its off-centered culture into its talent management processes to supports the company’s business objectives and unique brand identity.

Here’s what she had to say:

What sets Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s culture apart from other organizations?

We make off-centered ales for off-centered people, and off-centeredness is infused into everything we do. From spontaneous celebrations, to the innovation in our products, to our collaborations both internally and externally, we put our own unique spin on things all while keeping it real and true to our roots as a family-owned, local company.

How did your company culture impact the development of your talent management processes?

We make analog beer for the digital age, meaning a lot of our processes are by-hand or old school (technology is not always the answer!) Because of this, we needed to find a solution that fit our relaxed, down-to-earth, non-corporate approach.

It was super important that whatever platform we chose had the flexibility to be easily “dogfish-ified.”

How is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery using Halogen to build a high-performing workforce that supports its business objectives and unique brand identity?

Moving to Halogen for all of our performance management processes allowed us to keep things organized and structured without being oppressive. Overall, feedback improved both from a quality and quantity standpoint, which only improved the performance of the individual contributors we have here.

We utilize Halogen 1:1 Exchange, Halogen Performance and Halogen Job Description Builder to accomplish all of our performance management goals.

Want to hear more about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s unique culture?

Want the full story about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s unique talent management journey? Don’t miss Bailey’s presentation at the 2015 Halogen Customer Conference taking place September 9-12 in Ottawa, Canada.

Bailey will be presenting on Day 1 at 11:05 a.m. Don’t miss out; register now!

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