How Top Companies Keep Top Talent

January 30th, 2012

How Top Companies Keep Top Talent

While companies like Google and Facebook offer amazing employee incentives like free gourmet food, four months paid maternity leave, and on-site doctors, not every business can offer such bells and whistles to their staff.

The good news is that a recent Forbes article gathered the top ten reasons why top talent leaves a company – and it didn’t have to do with the food. But what can you do help retain your best employees in 2012? Here are 5 initiatives that will help keep your top talent satisfied.

1. Recognize Your Employees’ Work

No statistics are needed to back up this statement: no one likes to feel unimportant, undervalued, or ignored. Whether it’s through monthly one-on-one progress reports, gift card incentives for those with the highest sales, or an “Employee of the Month” program, a simple change in process can elevate workplace attitudes to a new level. Every employee might not be making a big difference on an individual level, but show how their contribute helps in the big picture.

 2. Keep Your Employees Updated

According to a Mindflash study, one of the top things employees want is to “feel ‘in’ on things.” Create a workplace community with team meetings, company-wide emails or newsletters, or a corporate Facebook page. Some CEOs write weekly company-wide updates and thank you messages to their employees. Others stay behind closed doors and leave it to the managers to reach out to their teams. Find out what makes sense for your company. Employees will feel more connected emotionally and physically once you break down the barrier.

3. Honor a Flexible Work Environment

We’ve touted the values of workplace flexibility before. Employee satisfaction and lower voluntary turnover rate are just a few of the benefits that ride along with flexible start/stop times, part-time employment, and occasional telecommuting. Not to mention the greater work/life balance that may make employees more productive and positive. A lower stress level never hurt anyone.

4. Hear Them Out

Ever felt frustrated because you purchased a broken product but couldn’t find a customer service number to tell your story? In order to create the best working environment possible, all involved must be giving a chance to speak up – and sometimes their voices are lost within big company bureaucracy. An online survey, suggestion box, or dedicated “big idea” email address is a great forum for those who want to contribute a comment, complaint, or idea. Even a simple employee referral program can make your employees feel heard.

5. Create a Career Path

While not all positions have the opportunity for growth and advancement, there may be similar positions that can expand an employee’s skill set. Or maybe there’s a chance to show off an employee’s personal expertise by asking her to train newcomers. Is there a handpicked team that is qualified to take on a new project? All of the above empowers your employees, shows that you respect your talent, and that you value promoting from within.

Read the list of all ten reasons why companies lose their top talent at

Interested in making a few changes in your work environment? We can help you devise a plan.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

Top Jobs

January 4th, 2012

Top Jobs features ABR’s hottest open temporary and direct hire job opportunities. All are listed by branch location. You may need to scroll down to see “top jobs” in your area.

Don’t delay, apply now at! Questions? Call or email the contact listed. ABR is an AA/EOE employer.

Madison, WI – CNC Operator – Try-Before-Hire – $13/Hour

ABR Employment Services in Madison is currently recruiting for  a CNC Operator. This is a try-before-hire opportunity with a great company in Watertown, WI.

Job Summary: Produces machined parts by operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, maintaining quality and safety standards, keeping records, maintaining equipment and supplies.

Job Functions:

1) Operates mills.

2) Verifies settings by measuring positions, first-run part and sample work pieces, adhering to internal and customer standards.

3) Maintains specifications by observing drilling, and cutting, including facing, and thread chasing operations, taking measurements, detecting malfunctions, troubleshooting processes, adjusting controls, replacing worn tools,  adhering to quality assurance procedures and processes.

4) Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.

5) Maintains equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements, follows manufacturer’s instructions, trouble shooting malfunctions, calling for repairs.

6) Maintains continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.

7) Performs quality checks as prescribed and reports issues to their supervisor.

 Other Job Functions:

1.) Set up skills a plus.

2.) Capability to work on vertical turret lathe or vertical boring mill is a plus.

3.) Perform other duties as assigned.

Questions? Contact Becky at balexander@abrjobs.comApply online today at!

Manitowoc, WI  Try-Before-Hire Maintenance Mechanic –  $12.50/Hour

Seeking candidate for skilled position. Candidate will perform various skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the repair and maintenance of machinery, buildings, and equipment. Work involves primary responsibility for proficiency in several trades, with working conditions and the degree of supervision exercised differing according to the location and nature of assignments. The employee exercises technical independence in determining work methods and procedures and receives assignments orally or through written instructions, which may be accompanied by sketches or diagrams. Review of work is received from technical or administrative superiors through inspections and discussions. Performs all other similar or related duties as necessary.

Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and practices used in at least two of the building, electrical or mechanical trade. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trades involved. Skilled in the care and use of tools and equipment used in trades involved. Able to work long hours, 12 hours per day, five days a week. Able to lift and work with 100 pounds overhead and held in place for five minutes. Have two years experience in building and plant maintenance work, which has involved at least two of the building, electrical, or mechanical trades. Have any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience. Confidentiality is a must.

Questions? Contact Terry Boerger at 920-684-8324 or email Apply online today at!

Manitowoc, WI –  Inside Sales Associate –  $10.00/Hour

Local company is seeking an inside sales representative. This person will be responsible for all sales activities, from lead generation through close in assigned accounts or regions. Develops and implements agreed upon Marketing Plan which will meet both personal and business goals of expanding customer base in marketing area. Works within the sales and support teams for the achievement of customer satisfaction, revenue satisfaction, and long-term account goals in line with company vision and values.

Requirements: 1-3 years of experience in sales, strong understanding of customer and market dynamics and requirements. The ability to follow directions and be part of the Team. Proven ability to achieve sales quotas. Good communication skills, Good computer skills required and a working knowledge of contact management software (ACT).

Questions? Contact Terry Boerger at 920-684-8324 or email Apply online today at!


Stevens Point, WI –  Try Before Hire Assembly Leads –  $10.50 to $11/20/Hour

Assembly leads needed for a Plover company to start immediately. Openings available on all three shifts.

Duties include but are not limited to:

* Perform all duties of an assembler

* Set up assembly processes and equipment

* Direct the work flow and setting production pace

* Monitor process to ensure compliance with customer requirements

* Coach and train new hires to the processes

* Identify on-going training needs

* Complete assembly-related recordkeeping

* Comply with all facility safety and work rules

* Other duties as assigned

Questions? Contact the Stevens Point branch at 715-344-7146. Apply online today at!

Stevens Point, WI –  Temporary Claims Representative –  $10.38/Hr

Will work in Claims department. Talks with customers by phone to handle initial intake of claims information or handle questions on existing claims. Must have excellent communication skills, excellent customer service skills, proficient on data entry and able to navigate through multiple computer programs at a time, multitasking skills, basic computer skills. Completes appropriate forms.

Questions? Contact the Stevens Point branch at 715-344-7146. Apply online today at!