How GoMaterials used AtmanCo to help scale their business

Michael Bellows was familiar with psychometric testing in his previous positions and was convinced of its relevance. So when GoMaterials experienced a major business expansion, which resulted in the team growing from three co-founders to 25 people, the integration of a psychometric test became very helpful.

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Michael Bellows, CEO at GoMaterials talks about how the company started. This supply chain startup was born in Montreal in 2017, with the objective of helping landscape professionals offload their procurement. GoMaterials takes on all aspects of procurement for landscape businesses, from estimation all the way to delivery. Today, GoMaterials continues to grow in the landscaping industry across Canada and the USA.

I've always seen the value of the tool and we've tried a few, but we've stuck with AtmanCo because we think it's the best.

Michael Bellows

CEO at GoMaterials

The challenges

As a direct result of GoMaterials' rapid growth, getting recruitment right was of great importance for the company.

"The hardest, most difficult thing about growing your business is scaling your team", says Michael Bellows.

For an innovative company, it was essential to have better tools to get to know candidates faster and more thoroughly. With a psychometric test tool, it is possible to build trust between managers and their direct reports more quickly, which in turn improves comfort, mutual understanding, and appreciation of each other's differences.

For Michael, "If you understand your differences from day one, you are able to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, [...] Trust takes time so if there is any tool you can integrate into those relationships that can expedite the trust between a manager and a direct report, that is going to pay dividends.”

Most recently, a decision was made within the company to engage in a career planning process with all employees. The AtmanCo test is a privileged tool in this context because it allows each person to discover the aspects of his or her profile, discuss it openly with his or her superior, and engage in a development process.

Because one of our core values is to grow, [...] from a learning and development perspective, we want everyone to keep improving. There is no finish line.

GoMaterials' challenges:

Select the right candidates in a fast-paced recruiting environment

Consolidate their growing teams and give them the opportunity to build mutual trust quickly

Develop career plans adapted to the employees within the company

The solution

Michael Bellows was familiar with psychometric testing in his previous positions and was convinced of its relevance. So when GoMaterials experienced a major business expansion, which resulted in the team growth from three co-founders to 25 people, the integration of a psychometric test became very helpful. "I've always seen the value of the tool and we've tried a few, but we've stuck with AtmanCo because we think it's the best ", says Michael. 

GoMaterials was able to improve its interview process with a 95% score given to AtmanCo's impact in identifying and selecting high-potential candidates.

Two aspects of the personality assessed by the AtmanCo test were particularly striking: Organization and Emotional Openness. This finding provides GoMaterials with an essential indication for current or future recruitments for this type of position.

In general, the AtmanCo test is used by GoMaterials in the context of recruitment in order to be able to "get to know people better and faster and establish trusting relationships more quickly".

The second major benefit of the AtmanCo test is that it helps to substantially speed up the recruitment process and therefore prevents GoMaterials from losing candidates to other companies during a lengthy recruitment process.

GoMaterials, faced with the problem of labor shortages like so many others, was able to shorten the recruitment process by integrating the Atman test earlier in the process. Today, candidates selected on a resume, complete the AtmanCo test and then go on to a single interview. 

We interview everyone who takes the assessment, and this allows us to have deeper conversations much earlier.

By making AtmanCo an integral part of their HR processes, GoMaterials is able to: 

Accelerate the recruitment process by introducing the test earlier

Build trust quickly through a real understanding between leaders and their teams

Ensure the continuous development of the skills required for specific roles as part of the personal development plan

95%

95% is the score given to AtmanCo's impact in identifying and selecting high potential candidates

100%

100% is the rating given to AtmanCo's impact on improving the overall hiring process, including selection, recruitment and onboarding

90%

90% is the score given on the positive impact AtmanCo has on the communication between employees and their managers

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