ABR Wins Inavero 2015 Best of Staffing Awards

February 24th, 2015

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Diamond Award bestowed to winners that won the Best of Staffing Award for at least 5 years in a row.

ABR Employment Services (ABR), a leading employment agency in the administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial industries announced today they have earned Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Talent Diamond Award and Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing® Client Award. This is ABR’s fifth consecutive Best of Staffing Talent win and fourth consecutive Best of Staffing Client win.

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the employees they’ve helped find jobs and by the clients that they serve. With satisfaction scores more than three times higher than the industry average, award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

 “Our company works hard to make service a priority.”  ABR CEO, Jim McNett said. “The ABR Team is very pleased to have received both Inavero 2015 Best of Staffing Awards and is honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way.”

“With a tightening labor market and a need for growing companies to stay flexible, staffing agencies are placing more people into employment opportunities than at any other point in U.S. history,” said Inavero’s CEO, Eric Gregg. “More companies and job seekers than ever before need a staffing agency with a proven commitment to service excellence.”

About ABR Employment Services

Founded in 1987, ABR Employment Services provides administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to companies throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN.  ABR has been named to Inavero’s Best of Staffing Award® list for Talent five consecutive years in a row and named to Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client® Award list for four consecutive years in a row.

About Inavero

Inavero administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. Inavero’s team reports on over 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and talent each year and the company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.
About Inavero’s Best of Staffing

Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates.

February Winner – Free Rent and a job!

February 23rd, 2015
Joseph Beyer, February Free Rent and a job! winner.

Joseph Beyer, February Free Rent and a job! winner.

ABR has awarded $4,000 in cash prizes to date

Congratulations to Joseph Beyer, our February Free Rent and a job! winner! He works as a medical service coordinator (a type of customer service position) at ABR/LHI, our onsite location in La Crosse.

ABR’s CEO Jim McNett and staff from the ABR/LHI branch surprised Joseph in LHI’s lunch room on February 19th.  Joseph was stunned and excited to hear that he had won! He plans to use the $1,000 cash prize to pay his rent. Joseph is ABR’s fourth Free Rent and job! winner.

Past winners include Austin McCain, who works for our ABR Appleton office, Andrea Mora, who works for ABR Stevens Point and Megan Patza, who works for our ABR Sturgeon Bay location.

Want to work in a customer service position at ABR/LHI? We’re currently hiring. Our next training class starts March 2nd. Interested? Let us know. If hired, you’ll not only receive an entry into our next Free Rent and a job! drawing, but you’ll receive a $250 sign on bonus too!

MasterMold Mauston WI Job Fair

February 19th, 2015


MasterMold Mauston WI Job Fair

ABR Sparta is hiring on behalf of MasterMold, a plastic composite molder that manufactures fiberglass molds for companies such as John Deere, Harley Davidson, and Yamaha.

Looking for paint line prep, finishing, buffing/scrubbing, press operation or maintenance work in the Mauston WI area? 

Stop the ABR Sparta job fair on 2/25 between 11 am to 2 pm at the Park Oasis Restaurant W5641 State Road 82 E) in Mauston. Hiring for all shifts.

Pay ranges from:

  • 1st Shift starting at $10.00/hr+
  • 2nd Shift starting at $10.40/hr+
  • 3rd Shift starting at $10.75/hr+​

Apply Before Job Fair At Abrjobs.com

Come prepared to interview. To do that, complete our online application before the job fair at www.abrjobs.com.

Questions? Call us at 608-269-0542.
P.S. Work for ABR Sparta and you could win $1,000 during our Free Rent and a job! talent appreciation campaign. One winner is drawn monthly for a cash prize to help pay rent or mortgage. Four winners have been selected so far. Get hired for for a MasterMold paint line prep, finishing, buffing/scrubbing, press operation or maintenance position at their Mauston WI facility and you could win next!

Customer Service Jobs Madison WI

February 13th, 2015

ABR Madison is hiring experienced customer service associates for a local business leader.

These customer service jobs in Madison WI start at $15/hr.

Work for ABR and you could win $1000 like Megan Patza did during our Free Rent and a job! talent appreciation campaign.

Duties: Data entry of new customer information and orders; answer incoming calls and place outbound calls; research and resolve customer issues; provide customers with product and service information; identify and escalate priority issues; call documentation utilizing standard operating procedures.

Rate of Pay: $15 per hour

Needed Skills: High school diploma or GED; 2 or more years of customer service experience; able to work independently and mange time; positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated knowledge of customer service practices and principles; ability to arrive to work on time; ability to work in a team environment.

Questions: Call Jennifer Zahari at (608) 268-2274.



Customer Service Jobs Madison WI

February 10th, 2015


Do you want to become part of a rapidly growing company that offers a family-friendly environment with many employee perks?

ABR Madison in partnership with our client, HSA Home Warranty (located in Cross Plains) are hiring second shift entry-level customer service representatives. These are try-before-hire jobs which mean our client could hire you on for a permanent customer service position.

Work for ABR and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize during ABR’s Free Rent and a job! talent appreciation campaign.

Featured Job: Entry-Level Customer Service Representatives

Duties: In this job you will use a telephone to provide customer service to customers, clients and outside sales representatives and use a computer to enter data and draft correspondence.

Rate of Pay: $11.32/hr

Hours: 12:30 pm to 9 pm OR 1:30 pm to 10 pm

Needed Skills: High School Diploma or GED and three to six months related experience and/or training; typing of 35 wpm, internet skills and ability to use Microsoft Office.

Questions: Call ABR Madison at 608-827-5818.



Hiring Machine Operators in Neenah WI

February 6th, 2015







ABR Appleton is hiring Machine Operators for Profile XTrusions.

Work for ABR Appleton and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize during ABR’s Free Rent and a job! talent appreciation campaign.

Featured Job: Machine Operators

ABR is hiring machine operators on all shifts (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for our client Profile XTrusions located in Neenah. These are try-before-hire jobs which means our client could hire you on for a permanent machine operator position.

Duties: In this job you will feed materials into a machine; make boxes and pallets using hand tools; unload product from machines; perform measurements and quality checks on finished products; complete paperwork; band skids.

Rate of Pay: $12/hr

Needed Skills: Ability to work in a very fast paced environment; ability to lift 50lbs consistently;  previous experience with hand tools and measurement tools, caliper is preferred.

Questions? Contact Angela at (920) 830-1181.


ABR-Kinsa Virtual Food Drive

February 6th, 2015


Food is one of our most basic human needs, and yet thousands of people in Wisconsin don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

That’s why ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group hosting a virtual food drive for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Our company goal is $2,000. And, for every dollar contributed, ABR will match .50 on every $1 up to $2,000.  For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Foodbank can provide 3 meals!

We invite you to participate in our virtual food drive by making a General Team Donation. Here’s a link to our donation page — https://bit.ly/1LUZ5sL

Second Harvest Foodbank  is committed to ending hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties, and last year, it provided 12.6 million meals to community members facing hunger.

Thank you for participating in our food/fund drive! Together, we can end hunger!

5 Tips for Better Performance Reviews in 2015

February 5th, 2015


Originally published in the  January/February 2015 issue of ABR Employment Services HR Insights Magazine.

There’s always a lot of discussion about the problems with annual performance reviews. Although they’re meant to motivate, too often these reviews end up being time consuming and difficult for both managers and employees. But because they help with setting goals and measuring performance, they continue to play an important role in most organizations. With improvement though, they can accomplish even more. Here are five ways to drive productivity by making performance reviews both motivational and worthwhile.

Performance Review Tip 1: Review Performance Daily

To get the best from your employees, give them real-time feedback on accomplishments and challenges throughout the year. At annual review time, you can then focus on achievements and growth rather than rehash past challenges – and you won’t encounter any surprises.

Performance Review Tip 2: Treat Reviews As Conversations

Everyone should be comfortable discussing performance, so don’t lecture employees in language that makes sense only to HR. Instead, give them clear action steps and information they can use: discuss specific achievements they can be proud of and areas in which they need improvement. And, use systems that capture your conversation. Don’t fall into the trap of discussing only what fits in a box on your form.

Performance Review Tip 3: Give Reviews With A Purpose

Why bother with reviews if all you do is fill out a form and file it away? Reviews should collect useful employee-performance information that can be put to work for the entire organization. If managers see the value of performance reviews, those reviews will get done. And employees will make a greater effort in their reviews when they can see the benefits.

Performance Review Tip 4: Embrace Simplicity And Consistency

Simple, frequent reviews will give you a clear, current understanding of what’s happening with your team and contribute positively to individual engagement. Reviews should be straightforward and allow you to focus on the person sitting in front of you rather than make you decipher forms or translate HR-speak. After all, managing people is hard enough without having to deal with the effects of painfully complicated reviews.

Performance Review Tip 5: Change The Review Experience

We’ve all had bad review experience (as both reviewers and reviewees). Reviews don’t have to be awful, though, if you approach them with the right attitude. Great managers talk about performance every day and give timely (and useful) feedback to their teams. Great employees welcome feedback as a source of inspiration, motivation, and reassurance.

Have additional review tips to share with the HR community? Share them below.  

Featured February Webinars: ABR JobConnect

February 2nd, 2015


ABR Webinars

Register for these free ABR JobConnect Webinars today for job search and career tips. February webinars include:

Self Confidence for a Successful Job Search, 2/4 @ 11 AM

During this ABR JobConnect webinar you will learn about having the inner-strength to know what you want and to go after it confidently. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the keys to building your self-confidence for success in your job search
  • Obtain the tools to make lasting changes in your pattern of thinking.
  • Shift from “not enough” to truly having self-worth!
  • Stop comparing yourself to others!
  • Discover how easy you can go from invisible to VISIBLE
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to YOU!

Click to Register 

How to Write a Stand-Out Resume, 2/10 @ 10 AM

During this ABR JobConnect webinar you will learn all of the components of what actually makes a resume a WINNING resume. Appealing to all levels of job seekers, this instructional session will provide best-in-class tips that you need to start using today.

Click to Register

Tired of Being Ignored? 2/19 @ 1PM

Have you ever felt invisible to hiring authorities and recruiters? Do you feel like your resume ends up in a black hole? Are you frustrated by no one calling you back? During this ABR JobConnect webinar we will address these three frustrations and how you can improve the results you achieve during your job search:

1. How to be noticed by hiring authorities and recruiters
2. Steps to get your resume noticed
3. What it takes to get called back!

Click to Register

Set and Attain Smart Goals, 2/25 @ 2PM

It’s important to set realistic but ambitious goals throughout your Job Search. During this ABR JobConnect webinar you will learn the following when setting goals:

  • What to Avoid
  • How to Set Attainable Goals
  • How to Attain Goals You Set
  • How to Measure your Success

Click to Register

Looking for more career and job search guidance? Create a free account on ABR’s career portal, ABR JobConnect.