Stand Back; This Got Awesome for James Owens

June 29th, 2015

‘Stand Back! This Could Get Awesome!’ exclaimed the t-shirt James Owens chose to wear to work.  Little did he know that at 7 a.m. on June 24th, things really were going to get awesome!

Under the guise of filling out paperwork,  ABR La Crosse Staffing Coordinator Dana Von Ruden ushered James into a board room after his shift ended. When the door opened, James discovered a room full of people. ABR La Crosse staff, his supervisors at Agropur where he works third shift in general production and Jim McNett, ABR CEO were there.

worried james

James looked a bit nervous and worried as Mr. McNett explained ABR’s Free Rent and a job! sweepstakes to him. Worry turned to elation when he found out he was the 8th winner of the $1,000 prize!





James began hopping around saying, “this is crazy!”. Smiles and handshakes ensued.











“I’m surprised and thankful that I won”, said James.
“I plan to use the money to pay my rent; I’ll put the rest in savings”.









James has been with ABR La Crosse since August, 2014.
He is currently in training to be a line back-up lead.










James said that if you’re looking for work in the La Crosse, WI area, you should go to ABR because
“they have a good reputation for finding people work”.

Contact us or apply with us today.


(left to right) Branch Manager Shannon Murphy-Porter, June 2015 Free Rent and a job! Winner James Owens, Staffing Coordinator Dana Von Ruden and Staffing Coordinator Ashley Thimis.

Best of Staffing Thank You – ABR Brookfield

June 29th, 2015
(left to right) Sammie Ice, Staffing Specialist, Sarah Kraus, Staffing Specialist, Deidre Garrett, Branch Manager.

(left to right) Sammie Ice, Staffing Specialist, Sarah Kraus, Staffing Specialist, Deidre Garrett, Branch Manager.

Thank you for Voting ABR Brookfield a Best of Staffing Company!

ABR is the only staffing company in Wisconsin to have received the Best of Staffing award for service quality.

We are a five time Best of Staffing Talent Award recipient (2011-2015) and a four time Best of Staffing Client Award (2012 – 2015) winner. 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.

ABR received hundreds of testimonials from survey participants that rated ABR a 9 or 10 – the highest rating – for service excellence.

Here are just a few of the many testimonials received by our ABR Brookfield team:

Rochelle Wallace – “They were extremely helpful and had me gainfully employed within a week. Not only with a job, but with a highly respected reputable company.”
Candice Seals – “The staff was friendly and helpful.”
Donna Long– “ABR treats me extremely well, they are always very professional, courteous and kind.”

Looking for a new administrative, customer service or manufacturing job opportunity in and around the Brookfield, WI area? Need to add skilled, reliable people to your workforce? The team at ABR Brookfield are standing by ready to serve you.  Contact us or apply today.

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Preventing Fatigue

June 24th, 2015









Keeping you safe at work is a priority. This blog on how to prevent fatigue is brought to you by the ABR Safety Committee.

Preventing fatigue: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15 million Americans work irregular schedules, including full-time evening shifts, night shifts, and rotating shifts (where workers alternate between working nights and days in a given week). These kinds of shifts have been associated with safety and health risks, and certain jobs (such as disaster response) are at higher risk.  Many of the risks result from worker fatigue.

Staying focused: Being tired affects your ability to focus for extended periods of time, and can increase the chance that you will not pay attention to the task at hand (such as operating a machine or a vehicle).  Circadian rhythm is a 24-hour, internal cycle that controls when you feel alert or when you feel sleepy. 

 A disruption in circadian rhythm can:

  • Affect your ability to perform.
  • Affect your ability to focus for extended periods of time.
  • Increase the chance that you will not pay attention to the task at hand such as operating a machine or a vehicle.
  • Lead to errors that could cause accidents or injuries.

What can be done to prevent fatigue?

  • Get regular rest: Rest and recovery are important. Get at least 10 consecutive hours per day of off-duty time so that you can have at least 7-8 hours of sleep.  Shorter off-duty periods can exacerbate fatigue.  It is also important to maintain a regular sleeping rhythm if possible.  Fatigue is often intensified when working at night because of inadequate daytime rest.
  • Take breaks: For demanding work, take frequent rest breaks every couple of hours.
  • Moderate your workload: If you’re working a twelve hour shift, do lighter tasks if possible. Intense work, such as physical exertion or in extreme environments, should have shorter shifts.
  • Workload distribution: Schedule heavy or demanding work at times when you are more alert to decrease the risk of an accident.
  • Assess your environment: Assure adequate lighting, clean air, and comfortable temperatures are provided if possible.
  • Eat well: Eat nutritious meals at regular times to help prevent fatigue. Avoid greasy foods and alcohol before sleeping.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help regulate your sleeping cycle. Timing is important; do not exercise vigorously in the morning so that you are too tired to work.  Alternatively, it’s important to relax before going to bed.
  • Try different sleeping times: If you are working a night shift, try sleeping at different times to establish what the best schedule is for you.  Try keeping a notebook of when you go to bed and wake up, tracking how rested you feel.  This can assist you in finding a sleeping schedule that works best for you.
  • When sleeping, protect your sleep: Block out at least 6 hours of time to sleep and assure there will be no noise or distractions. Turn off your cellphone and use ear plugs if needed.  Making your bedroom as dark as possible will also help.
  • Don’t drink too much caffeine: Caffeine can be used to fight off sleepiness, but do not use it excessively. Drink caffeine early in the shift and avoid it late in the shift or before going to bed.  Avoid using amphetamines or other stimulants, as well as sleeping pills, which can affect your performance the next day. Monitor any medications which may affect sleep or work abilities!


Sparta Manufacturing Jobs: Now Hiring

June 16th, 2015

Now hiring in Sparta and surrounding areas for manufacturing jobs.

Watch our commercial to learn about our benefits and incentives.


Upcoming Job Fairs in Tomah, WI and Winona, MN

June 15th, 2015




Upcoming June Job Fairs

Don’t Miss These Golden Opportunities

ABR Sparta Job Fair

We’re hiring for production/manufacturing positions in the Sparta, Tomah and Mauston areas! Attend our job fair on Wednesday, June 24th, between 1 pm to 4 pm at The Tomah Job Center of WI—120 E. Milwaukee Street, Tomah, WI to learn more.

Please apply online before the job fair at Questions? Call 608-269-0542. We hope to see you there!

ABR Winona Job Fair

Don’t let the Dog Days of Summer get you down! Get a job with ABR. Attend our job fair at the ABR Winona office located at 902 E. 2nd St., Suite 211 in Winona MN on Tuesday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We’re hiring entry-level to skilled employees and have multiple openings on all shifts for full and part-time positions. Don’t miss these golden administrative, light industrial and skilled industrial opportunities.

We’re providing a free hot dog lunch & Loggers ticket raffle.

Please apply online before the job fair at Questions? Call 507-474-6340. We’re looking forward to meeting you!







Upcoming Webinars on ABR JobConnect

June 10th, 2015

Register today for these free job search webinars

Select the RIGHT Targets and Contacts for Your Job Search

Date: 06/18/2015 02:00 PM Eastern Time

Topic: Select the RIGHT Targets and Contacts for Your Job Search
Date: Thursday, June 18th
Time: 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 12:00 am MST, 1:00 am CST)

Your ability to send your resume to the best targets and get your resume in the hands of the right people is critical to you finding a new job. During this session you will learn the following:
• The best targets for your search
• How to identify the right contact
• When it’s time to consider NEW job targets

Register Now

Prepare For the Most Difficult Interview Questions

Date: 06/24/2015 02:00 PM Eastern Time

Topic: Prepare For the Most Difficult Interview Questions
Date: Wednesday, June 24th
Time: 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Have you ever been asked a question during an interview that caused you to draw a blank? Interview questions can differ greatly from one employer to another and you must be prepared to put your best foot forward. During this session we will address the following:
• How to handle situational interview questions
• What to do if a question is inappropriate
• How to address a discriminatory question
• What to do if you don’t know the answer

Register Now


ABR FSC Corporate Office Ribbon Cutting & Open House

June 1st, 2015

Please join us on Thursday, June 18th between 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for an open house at our new corporate headquarters at 4600 American Parkway, Suite 301 in Madison, WI.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast while touring our office and learn more about how ABR Employment Services and our parent company, Forward Service Corporation, serve communities throughout Wisconsin.

Register now. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Smith at 608-268-2278 or via email at

We hope to see you there!