Q and A: Exclusive Interview with Joy Wise Davis

May 12, 2021 by Verified First

Q&A: Exclusive Interview with Joy Wise Davis

Company culture and brand are becoming increasingly important considerations for job seekers and employees. In episode four of our HR at the Table webinar series, we hosted Prestige Care’s Director of Talent Acquisition, Blake Thiess, to discuss how the HR trifecta for return involves three components: brand, technology, and talent. When optimized to create a winning talent acquisition brand strategy, the three impact recruitment, retention, and the overall candidate experience. To add to the discussion, we hosted the University of Minnesota’s Human Resources Director, Joy Wise Davis, to discuss where company culture fits into the mix. 

In episode five of HR at the Table, Joy shared how binding culture, talent, and technology impact your talent acquisition and retention success. Joy answered our burning questions, including: 

  1. How does brand impact your culture, talent, and technology?
  2. What is HR’s role in binding culture, talent, and tech together?
  3. What components of the digital divide should you consider when finding and retaining talent in today’s time?

Q: How does brand impact your culture, talent, and technology? 

1. Organizational alignment starts with branding.

“Not everybody walking through the door is in lockstep with where the organization wants to go, but I feel as though if our branding, our messaging, is who we are, then applicants can make an informed decision about determining if this is the place they want to be.”

2. Brand refines your ideal talent pool.

“If this vision or mission isn’t important to a candidate, if those things don’t resonate with them, then they’re probably not going to have a great time at the organization.”

3. Brand creates a sense of purpose in company culture.

“Help [employees] see they fit into the bigger picture. Show them how their role will impact their department, organization, city, state, etc.”

4. Brand attracts talent through tech.  

“What does our branding look like? What does our interface look like with an applicant? Is it easy? Is it fresh? Does it display how we are a mission-driven organization? Hopefully, it’ll attract individuals who want to be a part of a mission-driven organization, those who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.” 

Q: What is HR’s role in binding culture, talent, and tech together?

1. HR is the spoke in the wheel.

“We are the center — although we certainly don’t do it alone. We need everyone to be a brand ambassador for the organization.”

2. HR is the face.

“Once an individual gets into the organization, HR is often the first people they meet. We are the ones that guide them through. HR is really that first point of contact and the first impression they get of the organization.”

3. HR is the liaison.

“When things are being pushed from a central human resources standpoint, think about how this is going to impact employees and clients. Stakeholders carry a lot of weight and we need to pull them together.”

4. HR promotes inclusivity.

“Oppression can be found in policies, matter of fact, often lives in policies. We need to represent the communities we serve. People want to see folks that look like them, but when they leave we realize we didn’t focus on the retention piece. We want everyone to feel welcomed and included but we want that to be sustainable. How do we put systems in place to sustain and retain a diverse community? Review policies through a DE&I lens.”

Q: What components of the digital divide should you consider when finding and retaining talent in today’s time?

1. Getting your message to your talent pool.

“People don’t always have access to tech. So how do you reach those folks? How do you make sure that you’re covering all those bases? Get back to what we did before all this tech. You’re being accessible and approachable. You’re utilizing the folks within your shop to go out and find folks. When I was a recruiter, my business card was all over this city. [Finding talent] was based on relationships.” 

2. Inclusive digital messaging. 

“Demographics are changing. Are we able to communicate in the different languages that are out there? Are we able to communicate with different cultures? If we say we want an inclusive environment, are we really being inclusive in our messaging? Are we really welcoming everyone?”

3. Access to resources.

“Individuals may not have access to tech. There are people out there that believe in our mission, that believe in wanting to do the right thing, wanting to be a part of an organization like ours, but don’t have access. We had 4-5 days to switch everything online. What we found is, some people didn’t have the tech at home. We had to get people hotspots, laptops, internet connection…”


When culture exists within the brand, technology, and talent conversation, it acts as a guide for the type of talent needed to support your organization’s mission and how to best engage and retain them through various means, like technology.

For more thoughtful insight from Joy, watch episode five of HR at the Table and register for our next HR at the Table episode on the State of Talent Acquisition Technology: 2021 Trends.

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