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Hiring additional seasonal help for harvest is a prevalent practice. While these extra helpers get us through our busy season, they cause extra work for management and HR, as well as shift supervisors and permanent employees. Here are some tips to increase your preparedness this year. Keep Orientation Brief and to the Point Seasonal workers… Read more »

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In this edition of HR Insights, Nicole Keltgen discusses the connection of employee productivity with their financial wellness. Professional life and personal life are two separate domains, but what happens in one can strongly affect the other. For example, stress in someone’s personal life can have a negative influence on his or her work life. This… Read more »

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Most employees spend as much time with their co-workers as they do with their families. And while vigilant HR pros might bristle at the notion of “work friends” because of the potential for gossip, and favoritism, cubicle camaraderie can be awfully good for morale—and, it turns out, the bottom line. Two-thirds of employees report that… Read more »

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It’s a manager’s worst nightmare. Your top-performing employee asks to talk with you, and after exchanging a few pleasantries, she lets the news drop: “I’m putting in my two-weeks notice.” That’s when your mind fills with questions. How did this happen? Is this my fault? Who else is leaving? Is there anything we could have… Read more »

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The unemployment rate is very low throughout the Heartland. With a low unemployment, labor markets tighten and it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit, retain and expand a business. Overcoming Low Unemployment You have probably faced difficulty staffing in the past, times when you couldn’t find the exact right employee for one job or another, for… Read more »

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You go to the considerable trouble and expense to identify, interview, and hire great employees for your organization. So retaining them should also be a top priority. Luckily, most good retention practices are inexpensive to implement. Effective retention To understand how to retain good employees, you first need to know what they’re looking for. Today,… Read more »

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One of the best ways to increase your company’s bottom line is by ensuring your customers are well taken care of. The best way to do that is to maximize your talent in your employees. People don’t do business with companies; they do business with the people at the company. By maximizing your talent, you… Read more »

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Internal recruiters are often necessary to keep your company running at full staff, but they are not your only option. Partnering with Essential Personnel for your staffing needs is a smart move. Understanding of local workforce Our consultants have a broad knowledge of the local labor market and can give your hiring team insight into… Read more »