The Problem with "Culture Fit" in Hiring

Most employers still want to hire people who will "fit" their culture. People who will embrace their values, mission and vision.

The problem? We may end up favoring people who think like, talk like, look like, and act like us. If we are more comfortable with them, that becomes our bias.

Yes, we want people to help us achieve our goals and objectives, but seeking diversity helps us grow. It adds to our culture rather than preserving and locking it in.

If you have work to do in changing the mindset on your team and in promoting diversity and respect, check out our Respect at Work Initiative!

Do You Know About Alternative HR's Respect at Work Initiative?

As employers, we need to change the goal. We need to start playing offense instead of defense. We need to be pro-active in our diversity and inclusion efforts instead of simply reacting to forced changes. We need to give more than lip-service to equal opportunity.

Our Respect at Work Initiative is a multi-phased approach to addressing societal and workplace issues including racism, sexism, ageism, LGBTQ and gender identity.

It's time to do more than we've done! Creating an environment of respect, inclusion and diversity takes more than a policy and occasional lip service. It is time to do more in your organization!

For additional information click here or give us a call at 605.335.8198!

 It's time to be proactive!

Alternative HR can help with
training, coaching, investigating, responding and resolving harassment-related claims to help you avoid becoming the next "big headline". Give us a call today at 605.335.8198!

Alternative HR Welcomes Synova Nicolaisen!

"Company Expanding in Rapid City Area"

Alternative HR is pleased to welcome Synova Nicolaisen, HR Consultant, to their team! 


Synova Nicolaisen has several years of human resource management experience, including most recently serving as Director of Human Resources for the Rapid City Area School District. Her experience in HR includes working for a manufacturing company, an ESOP company, and lastly a public school district. Synova’s initial career, however, was in the education field, where she served as a teacher, then as a principal in alternative education for 17 years, and then as a collegiate-level faculty member at Minnesota State University in Mankato.


As a principal, Synova became interested in the HR profession when she realized she was skilled at dealing with performance and behavioral issues, as well as payroll, benefits, compensation and employment law issues. It seemed to be a natural transition.

Synova has a BS in Secondary Education, an MS in Educational Leadership, an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.), as well as being certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management.

With Alternative HR, Synova

provides both remote and in-person human resource expertise to businesses, non-profits and public entities.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic HR Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Program Management
  • Organizational Development

Synova has a BS in Secondary Education, and MS in Educational Leadership, and Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.). She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management. With Alternative HR, Synova provides both remote and in-person human resource expertise to businesses, non-profits and public entities. 

Synova can be reached at [email protected]

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