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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 »

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Does your company need a safety program, but you don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to get the ball rolling. Hire the right people. Conduct background and reference checks, physical exams and drug screens.* Your hiring process should comply with local, state and federal laws. Train early. Safety training should be part… Read more »

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Making the wrong hiring decision can be an unnerving thought. Why not try your employees out before you hire them on permanently?   Using a staffing agency is a proven way to test your employees fit in your company and the position you are hiring for before committing yourself to them. Here are some of the… Read more »