ABR Madison Job Fair April 2

March 27th, 2013


ABR Employment Services of Madison is hosting a job fair on April 2nd, 2013 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. The job fair will take place at 6808 Odana Road, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53719.

We are actively recruiting for candidates in the following positions:

 Administrative: Admin Assistant/Bookkeeper, Clerical Assistant, Associate Scheduler, Data Entry Operator

Customer Service: Account Representative, Dispatcher

Light industrial: Assembly Technician, Fabrication, Material Handler, Forklift Operator, Electronic Assembly, Picker/Packer, Machine Operator

Skilled industrial: CNC Programmers, Quality Inspectors

Please apply online at abrjobs.com before the job fair.  Questions? Call us at 608-827-5818.  We look forward to working with you!


ABR Sparta Job Fair April 2

March 27th, 2013


ABR Employment Services, in partnership with Westby Hardwood Products, a manufacturer of premium custom millwork, flooring, and other value added hardwood products, is holding a job fair on Tuesday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 105 Webster Street, Westby, WI.

Plant tours will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Open Positions

Our client has many try-before-hire openings available including:

  • 1st Shift Rip Line $9.00 per hour
  • 1st Shift Marking Line: $9.00 per hour
  • 1st Shift Nesting Department: $9.00 per hour

1st shift runs four ten hour day’s Monday-Friday with 1 day off during the week and EVERY weekend off!

How to Apply

Apply online at www.abrjobs.com and call 608-269-0542 to schedule an interview.

ABR offers insurance within the first 30 days including Medical, Dental, Vision, Term Life, and Short Term Disability.Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Apply today!  AA/EOE

Workplace Safety for Administrative Workers

March 25th, 2013


This is the second part in a series on workplace safety. Part one addressed safety for industrial workers.

You’re sitting comfortably behind a desk – what could possibly go wrong?  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s unsafe. Parking your body in front of a computer screen for hours on end is not ideal situation. Here are a few tips to keep you safe, healthy, and happy during the workday.

Focus on your posture.

It’s not just about keeping a straight spine. The placement of your feet and your computer can affect the strain on your back. Configure your desk, chair, and keyboard in the best way possibly. Read this step-by-step article from Lifehacker on how to ergonomically organize your workspace.

Get up and walk around.

Sitting all day is not good for you. Just ask the experts. Even if you exercise after work, you still need to remain active during the day. Take a lap around the office once per hour. Go for a 15-minute walk over lunch. Do anything you can to avoid sitting still for hours on end.

Take care of your eyes.

Not only will your back take a beating from a day of computer work, but your eyes may too. Dim your computer screen by adjusting the brightness of your monitor and consider a glare filter to reduce eye strain. Occasionally look away from your computer. Focus on a distant object to give your eyes a break.

Give your hands a break.

Removing your hands from the keyboard will not only give your wrists relief from potential carpal tunnel syndrome, but it will also relax your shoulders. It’s easy to tense up during a bout of intense typing. Place your hands in your lap then give your fingers and wrists a massage.

Looking for more ways to stay safe? Read 10 ways to reduce workplace injuries or refer to pages 8 and 9 in the ABR Employee Handbook for more information about workplace safety.

10 Easy Ways to Reward Your Top Employees

March 18th, 2013

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Every company wants a happy workforce. Offering rewards is just one way to turn those frowns upside down – and one way to motivate employees to do their best work. When it comes to rewards, compensation, benefits, recognition, and appreciation come into play. Companies often forget the importance employees place on those last two items: recognition and appreciation. We’ve come up with 10 easy ways to reward employees who are deserving of a special something. The best part? It comes at little or no cost to you.

Reward Top Employees

The following ideas show off your gratitude, make an employee feel appreciated, and encourage others to aim high:

1. Handwritten Notes

A thank you note from a supervisor is unexpected and oh so flattering. Feeling valued is seriously important to your employees. When they know their work is recognized, they’ll be more likely to work harder the next time around.

2. Make Introductions
Reward top performers with a chance to eat lunch with the CEO or to grab coffee with the director. Or send them to a meeting with a big client or to an important convention.

 3. Praise Personal Achievements

Is one of your employees expecting a baby, planning a wedding, or running a marathon? Don’t let personal achievements go unrecognized. A verbal or written acknowledgement is all you need.

4. Acknowledge Promotions
Hold a company-wide meeting or send out a company-wide email to announce any promotions or big accomplishments that occurred over the past month. The applause – digital or actual – will put your employees on cloud nine.

5. Reserve Parking Spots

Especially in the winter months, a front-row parking spot is worth more than gold. Section off an area in your parking lot for employees who’ve done their best work this month.

6. Give a Day Off

Vacation time is a great reward for a great achievement. Even the option to telecommute for a day could be motivation enough for employees to put their best foot forward.

7. Give Them First Choice
Reward an outstanding employee for a job well done with “first dibs” on the next schedule or the next project assignments. The power to choose is something worth fighting for and may inspire others to pick up their game.

8. Recognize Dedication

Here’s something to remember: great effort is worth a reward as much as great success. Reward long-term achievements like five years spent with a company or perfect yearly attendance. It can be anything from a certificate to a gift card to a bouquet of flowers.

9. Let Them Go

Not permanently – just early. If they’ve just sealed a huge deal, completed an amazing project, or found a surprising new solution, give them the afternoon off. They’ll feel like a king with their new found free time.

10. Don’t Forget Those Two Little Words

Honestly, sometimes a “thank you” for doing what you do is all employees want to hear. Those two words don’t need to be reserved for top performers. Show your gratitude to all of your employees whenever you can.

Looking to add employees to your happy workforce?

Whether you need to hire entry-level light industrial employees or a professional to manage your call center team, our team of recruiters are here to support your workforce hiring needs. Contact any ABR location to get started.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March, 2013 and updated in December, 2019.

Workplace Safety Tips For Industrial Workers

March 11th, 2013

When you start a new job, there’s a lot to take in.  New policies, procedures, guidelines and the like. In an industrial setting, staying safe on the job is a top priority. That’s why we’re doing an overview of some common workplace safety guidelines for industrial workers. Here’s a refresher course on preventative behaviors that every employee should follow:

1. Appropriate Dress

Never step on site without the appropriate gear, which may include regulation shoes, helmets, safety goggles, gloves, and the like. The dress code was made for a reason and workers must dedicate a portion of time to appropriately dressing themselves for their shift. If you’re not sure what you should wear, contact your supervisor or the ABR office that you registered with.

2. Best Practices for Lifting

Before lifting, check that the item is evenly distributed and make sure your path is clear. To avoid injuries, always bend from the knees with your stomach pulled in and a straight back.  Ask a second person for help with extra heavy items before tackling it on your own.

3. Proper Ladder Usage

Ladders should only be set up on a dry, even surface. When using extension ladders, allow for at least three feet of overlap. One hand should always be touching the ladder when climbing, and you should never climb higher than the top rung – the top of the ladder should hit no lower than your waist.

For more information about workplace safety, please see the ABR Employee Handbook for more information about workplace safety. If you are unable to locate your Employee Handbook, please contact any ABR representative to request a copy.

Keep Up The Good Work ABR!

March 5th, 2013

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Jason Gober:

I cannot say enough about the quality of people who work at ABR Employment Services. ABR  has been very essential to my job search, as well as placement, as well as the quality of assignments in which they continue to place me. It’s very rare to find an agency and know that within a short period of time you will be working again! In addition It’s very hard calling a staffing agency, and match your job interest and background so quickly. The great thing I noticed with ABR is they have hired so many full-time employees, and are able to place them while complementing their schedules as well. Since I’ve been employed with ABR, everyone I have worked with has been extremely friendly, as well as professional. I have had excellent job experiences on all my assignments! I am grateful for everything they have done for me; they continue to keep giving me opportunities. ABR Employment Services, keep up the good work,  we could use more staffing agencies like yours!

-Jason C Gober

Do you have a testimonial to share? We’d love to hear about your ABR experience! If you’re currently on assignment or completed your assignment within the last six months, post your experience comment on our Facebook page. We’ll enter you into a drawing to win a $25 bonus (subject to tax).

How to Become Indispensable at Work

March 4th, 2013


Everyone fears it: getting “let go” at any moment. No one likes to feel replaceable or unneeded, but in a competitive job environment it’s hard not to feel that way sometimes. Here are a few steps any employee can take to secure their position, stand out from everyone else, and make a lasting impression on their supervisor.

Always Have a Great Attitude.
Put a smile on your face. It’s as simple as that. No one likes working with a grump or a complainer. Be the one that brings up the morale in the room, not the one who drags the mood down.

Never Say No.

Take on any work or project that’s thrown your way. Don’t be afraid to tackle something new. It can be overwhelming at first, but your flexibility and open arms will pay off in the long run.

Don’t Be Humble.

Now this doesn’t mean to brag. But it does mean that you shouldn’t hide all the great skills and experiences you have. If you have a skill that could benefit the company, share the news.

Speak Up!

Besides sharing your knowledge and skills, it’s important that you share your views and opinions. Your employer will only get to know you if and when you open up. Be friendly but professional. Speak your mind but know when to keep your mouth closed too.

Be On Time.

It’s so simple but so hard to do. Be on time every day. If you can pull this off, it shows your reliability and your discipline. To be prompt is more impressive than you think.

About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. 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. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice.