Our commitment to a “Growth Culture” is what enables Brown Smith Wallace to differentiate ourselves in our chosen market. Once we recruit talent, we understand how important it is to retain and further develop our employees. At Brown Smith Wallace, intentional steps are taken to help our staff develop personalized career strategies that articulate the type of work, desired feedback, learning plans and flexibility they request.
Brown Smith Wallace University is a valuable way we continue to invest in our talented staff and strengthen our commitment to clients. Through this platform, Performance Managers/Practice Deans work with each individual to design a learning plan targeting key curriculum for professional growth. Internal and external experts teach technical, professional and firm courses to ensure our employees are well rounded. Brown Smith Wallace University offers more than 150 courses or continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities each year, and provides credentialed employees with a smooth and efficient means of CPE recordkeeping. Our staff is innately motivated to move forward in their education and enhance their expertise with additional professional certifications or degrees. This professional growth shows the commitment of the firm to offer clients the highest level of service and resources.
We believe that individuals performing their best is key to the success of the firm. One of the critical elements in ensuring motivation and productivity is a formal appraisal system in which performance, goals and objectives are discussed. Our continuous learning culture is enhanced through the Growth Platform, where employee assessment tools such as an annual eAppraisal and Short Form Evaluation process are utilized, as well as a commitment to ongoing and open feedback with leadership.
In our Mentoring Program, individuals gain an invaluable sounding board and different perspective for professional development by being mentored by experienced leaders in a different practice team. It was designed to give employees a resource who will listen to their needs, and understand their professional, as well as personal, challenges and goals. Mentors act as trusted advisors, counselors, leaders and role models.