Who is the Modal Atom?

Planet Money ran a podcast earlier this year on “The Modal American.” The concept focused on evaluating the mode of a population instead of the average. For their analysis, NPR grouped Americans together based on characteristics like age, sex, income, etc. After that, they identified the most common occurrence for their set of characteristics. The concept […]

Connecting Values to Behavior with a ‘Standard of Performance’

We often refer to Atomic as a values-driven organization. We are loud and proud about our value mantras. We give recognition within the organization when someone exhibits our values. We are careful to hire people who are aligned with our values. But how do you consistently and comprehensively tie together values and behavior? How can […]

Recognition Within Teams – What a Stuffed Elephant Taught Us About Acknowledgement

Just over two years ago, Atomic introduced an employee recognition program. Within this program, Atoms can acknowledge and applaud the hard work of their colleagues by awarding them with a “Proton” that signifies one of our six value mantras. This program has been great for company-wide recognition of the notable exemplifications of our values, but […]

Brittany Hunter Joins Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2019 “40 Under 40” Class

This fall, the Grand Rapids Business Journal inducted Brittany Hunter, one of Atomic’s Grand Rapids managing partners, into their 2019 “40 Under 40” class. Every year, the Business Journal honors 40 of the region’s top young professionals for their business success, leadership, and community service.  Making Work Work (And Crushing it!) A Grand Valley State […]