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By Mike McKerns   As summer hits its stride and life starts to return to normal in the USA, businesses are lifting pandemic-related restrictions, and the percentage of the population that has been fully vaccinated grows every day. In spite of this upswing, though, talent remains a serious concern of many companies. One recent survey… Read more »

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What is ergonomics and how does it affect us? Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people, their work, and their workplace. Its primary goal is to help the body move in natural ways and reduce stressors that might cause damage and pain. Musculoskeletal Disorders Musculoskeletal disorders can develop either suddenly or over time,… Read more »

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March 4, 2022 “Why are our managers not able to make their own decisions?”  “Why do I get a phone call for every decision the managers make.”  These are both comments I’ve heard in countless meetings.  We are constantly telling our managers to make decisions, then why don’t they?  Is it fear?  Is it a… Read more »

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February 7, 2022 – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WINS CLEARLYRATED’S 2022 BEST OF STAFFING CLIENT 5 YEAR DIAMOND AWARD FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE   Diamond Award winners have won the Best of Staffing award for at least 5 years in a row;  consistently earning industry-leading satisfaction scores from their clients.   Essential Personnel has been honored to receive… Read more »

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Employee turnover can often be discomforting for employers, especially when it worsens over time. With so much attention on effective recruitment and hiring practices, it’s easy to forget that retaining top talent can sometimes be more challenging than finding high-quality workers in the first place. And the COVID-19 pandemic made things even more complicated, with… Read more »

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Variations of virtual open enrollment are among the many ways to make employee benefits adaptable. Technology doesn’t fully remove the human aspect from HR, but it can certainly enhance it. When employers use technology to create efficiencies in their benefits administration, HR professionals can shift their focus from administrative tasks to actual employees. As such,… Read more »

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Given the high cost of losing an employee, retention should be a top priority for every organization. Employee retention is even more of a concern as we enter a post-pandemic world. What’s Happening? Turnover is a common occurrence throughout any given year. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, year-over-year turnover rates drastically fell. Instead, workers clung… Read more »

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health problems are among the largest overall health concerns in the United States, as an estimated 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year. Additionally, over half (56%) of employees reported that stress and anxiety have impacted their productivity in the workplace, according… Read more »

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If your company is weathering a period of turnover, layoffs, economic downturn or another challenging situation, managers may find themselves facing individuals and departments who are complacent and who lack the motivation to work at their highest ability. Charging up employees and getting them excited can be difficult, especially if you are relatively new to… Read more »