ABR Connected Me With The Right Employer

January 30th, 2017

I am happy to recommend ABR Employment Services to anyone looking for a job. As someone new to the Stevens Point area, I found ABR’s assistance invaluable. They have a great reputation, are well known in the community and went the extra mile to connect me with the right employer. They are professional, organized and gave me confidence in my search for a new position in a new city.

I was offered several opportunities and I am pleased with my current assignment, that has turned into a long term, possibly permanent position. One thing that really impressed me about ABR is that they make it a point to acquaint you with several people in their office. Through ABR, I have made professional contacts that will no doubt have a positive effect on my career going forward.

Thanks ABR!

– Mereta Walker



ABR/Kinsa Group Marketing Specialist named to ASA Marketing Subcommittee

January 24th, 2017


Joan Pajari, Marketing Specialist of ABR Employment Services & Kinsa Group was recently selected to serve as a member of the industry marketing subcommittee of the American Staffing Association (ASA). ASA is the national trade association representing the $126-billion U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry.

The ASA industry marketing subcommittee advises the ASA board of directors and staff on how the association can promote the positive image of the staffing industry as a strategic workforce partner to U.S. businesses through industry marketing programs. The group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among committee members in support of ASA PR industry marketing goals and regarding industry trends, opportunities, and challenges.

Joan is the Marketing Specialist for ABR Employment Services and its food and beverage subsidiary, Kinsa Group. She holds a degree in communications from Alverno College and has 18 years of marketing experience and nearly seven years of recruitment marketing experience.

Upon learning of his appointment, Joan said “It’s an honor to be named to the American Staffing Association Industry Marketing Subcommittee. I’m looking forward to working with all of the talented members on this committee to enhance the staffing industry’s image to employers and job seekers throughout the country.”

About ABR Employment Services & Kinsa Group: 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 is a consecutive recipient of Inavero’s Best of Staffing Award. Kinsa Group is a national leader in food and beverage executive search and recruiting specializing in executive search and the placement of management-, director- and vice-president-level professionals.

About the American Staffing Association: The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

How to Deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Work Place

January 16th, 2017

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder Creates Additional Winter Challenges for Sufferers

The winter is a challenging time of year with the need to bundle for the cold weather and trudge through the snow just to get to work. Some people have to deal with the additional hurdle of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is commonly referred to as the winter blues. Mental Health America reports that 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal depression. That means that, if you suffer from SAD, you are not alone.

What Are the Symptoms of SAD and the Winter Blues?

You might have occasionally suspected that you suffer from seasonal depression. If you do not know the symptoms, it is easy to shrug it off as boredom or ignore the problem altogether. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you pay attention to the symptoms so you can identify the problem and work toward a solution.

Symptoms of SAD often begin to appear for sufferers during the late fall or early winter. A combination of fewer hours of daylight and colder temperatures may help you know when to identify this issue, as well as keeping an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of depression and hopelessness much of the day and nearly every day.
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, and the desire to sleep for large chunks of the day.
  • Irritability and no interest in socializing.
  • Increased stress, tension, and anxiety.
  • Loss of interest in regular activities.
  • Inability to focus or remember details.
  • Fluctuations in weight.
  • An unusual interest in drinking or taking drugs to self-medicate in hopes of feeling better.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, in the most extreme cases.

You may have all or only a few of these symptoms, but it is worth consideration to take care of your health and positive outlook throughout the year.

How Can You Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder?

You may worry that your work performance and productivity may suffer if you experience depression and seasonal disorder. Thankfully, there are many ways you can combat this problem so you don’t need to suffer in the work place or anywhere else during the winter months. Here are five ways you can help combat the winter blues.

  1. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake.
    The best way to get this mood-enhancing essential vitamin is through exposure to natural sunshine. Grab your coat and take a 15-minute walk outside. Or if it’s too snowy or icy to take a walk (or if you don’t have time during your lunch break or a rest break to do it), taking a daily vitamin D supplement can help, too.
  2. Boost Your Exercise Intensity.
    Even if you take your daily vitamin D strolls, it is important to perform some focused and intense exercise to stimulate your body’s neurotransmitters and natural “feel-good” chemicals. Sign up for a spinning class, start running, join a Masters swim team, or enroll in a dance class.
  3. Light Up Your Life. 
    Many office workers invest in a light box. Entrepreneur recommends that workers find a light therapy lamp that has “a surface area of about one foot square emits high-intensity light and is positioned one to two feet away from the eyes.”
  4. Eat a Healthy and Happy Diet. 
    Most items from the vending machine, such as chips or candy bars, will probably only make symptoms of SAD worse. Pack nutrient-dense and carbohydrate-light snacks like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and small servings of cheese.
  5. Make Time for Fun. 
    Basically, don’t let the winter blues consume you. Even if it feels like a struggle to plan a fun outing, it will help you burst through the blues. Your fun activity might involve meditation, playing piano, shooting pool, going to the movies, or simply hanging out with friends.

Reach Out for Help

There is no reason to suffer through SAD alone, letting your work and personal life suffer. Reach out to friends, family, a counselor, or the team at ABR Employment Services for ideas on ways to survive seasonal depression and the winter blues.

This blog was written by Joan Pajari, Senior Marketing Specialist at ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group.

Staffing Coordinator Opportunity with ABR Milwaukee

January 10th, 2017

Who We Are

ABR Employment Services (ABR) is a high customer focused and seven-time award winning Best of Staffing® company with locations in WI and Winona, MN. ABR provides workforce solutions to employers and helps people seeking jobs in professional office support and manufacturing positions get hired. Founded in 1987, we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary! We would not be the strong and growing company we are today without our employees.

What We Will Do For You

  • We value work life balance- no nights or weekends!
  • We will foster a culture of recognition and community involvement
  • We will provide you with hands on training from our talented training and development team
  • We will help you reach your full potential by developing a career path that matches your career goals
  • We will provide you with competitive pay, quarterly incentives and outstanding benefits including, PTO, 401(k) Plan, Medical, Vision, Life, Dental and more!

Who You Are                       

  • Team Player
  • Goal Oriented
  • Possesses a Hunter Mentality
  • Enjoys Sourcing Candidates
  • Highly Motivated Professional
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has worked in customer service/sales industries and preferably has recruiting experience

What You’ll Get To Do

  • Recruits, sources, interviews, and selects candidates
  • Makes offers of employment to Talent
  • Matches Talent to our customers’ needs
  • Conducts new employee orientations and processes hiring paperwork
  • Manages Talent employee relations issues with clients
  • Visits client companies, tours businesses and develops client relationships
  • Maintains a high level of rapport with clients, staff and Talent
  • Initiates, develops and maintains recruiting relationships within the community
  • Represents ABR at association meetings, networking groups, business shows and job fairs
  • Attends meetings, providing status reports on current job order activities and future projections

Tell us why you should be our next Staffing Coordinator by submitting a cover letter and resume to:

4600 American Parkway, Suite 301
Madison, WI
Email: hr@abrjobs.com


ABR HR Insights Magazine – Winter 2017

January 10th, 2017

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How Changes from the New Secretary of Labor Could Affect HR

January 9th, 2017


The Forecast for HR Calls for Change with the New Secretary of Labor

Anytime the nation undergoes a transition of presidential power from one leader to the next, there are standard cabinet changes—particularly when a new party takes leadership—that almost unavoidably cause a shift in one or more policies.

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s appointment of Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., as the new Secretary of Labor likely spells change for Human Resources. Mr. Puzder has consistently been “an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration,” according to the New York Times, so it seems like a guarantee that he will reassess and make changes that may directly affect HR departments around the country in a variety of fields.

Potential Changes for Human Resources with the New Secretary of Labor

Along with the standard tasks that await the new Secretary of Labor, which include analyzing issues with unions and the overall condition of the U.S. workplace, there are some hot button issues Mr. Puzder will face upon Senate confirmation and the beginning of his work for the Department of Labor.

Workers may worry about this appointment, given Puzder’s consistent pro-business and tough worker stance, notes The Atlantic. Mr. Trump’s selection of Mr. Puzder is fascinating, considering the president-elect’s focus on empowering the American blue-collar worker. It is possible that the future president is working to create a balance that will create and foster a healthy environment for both workers and employers, but the true answer to this query will only come with time and response to issues before Mr. Puzder.
There are a number of key issues that Mr. Puzder will attend to that may affect HR teams across the country. Below are just three of the possible changes from the new Secretary of Labor and how they could affect HR:

  1. The Affordable Care Act. Puzder opposes the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strongly supports its repeal. Given his CEO position in the restaurant industry, Mr. Puzder posits that, due to the high cost of the government-mandated ACA, middle-class and lower middle-class workers have far smaller discretionary budget available for dining out. The possible repeal of the ACA, or any parts involved with it, could result in hefty changes for in HR departments, which may include creating a calendar of rule changes and fielding employees’ concerns.
  2. The Minimum Wage DebateHeatedly debated and controversial, the minimum wage debate carries on among Americans. Mr. Puzder shares the view that the significant increase—from $7.50 to $15.00 in restaurant and other low-pay industries—is counter-productive and is likely to eventually cost employees their jobs, reports CNN Money. Mr. Puzder further notes that such an increase forces employers to find unpleasant alternative means of ensuring that they meet profits, and sometimes simply so they can stay in business. Either way, HR managers will need to deal with the fallout of the final decision, consoling either employers or employees, and ensuring continuing good will, in spite of the outcome.
  3. The New Overtime Rule. Originally set to have started on December 1, 2016, the new overtime rule is already in peril due to a federal court injunction, which halted that start date. The Atlantic notes that Mr. Puzder will probably not encourage the Department of Labor to pursue an appeal to the ruling since it would cost employers money. HR departments have worked hard the past year and a half to prepare for adoption of this rule, but it seems they will work to readjust employee expectations.

Help Your Employees Adjust to New and Nixed HR Rules and Regulations

At ABR Employment Services, we have seen our share of politically-driven workplace rule and regulation changes since we started operations in 1987. If you are worried about the effect of any looming changes, we welcome you to reach out for more information and guidance to help your HR team and general staff of administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment workers move forward with a positive outlook.

Creative Names for Human Resources: Why The Name Matters

January 2nd, 2017

What’s in a HR Department Name?

The National Cash Register Company created the first Human Resources Department in 1901 following a bitter strike. Then referred to as “personnel,” the new department’s role was largely compliance-based, and focused on record keeping, workplace safety, wage management, and employee grievances.

Fast forward to the present. The role of a Human Resources department has come a long way in the last century. Does the name ‘Human Resources’ still fit today’s business landscape? What thoughts and feelings do employees attach to the words? Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams hinted at the answer in the name chosen for Catbert’s job title.

“Evil HR Directors” aside, what words capture the essence of the modern Human Resource Department?

Modern HR Department Names

  1. People Operations – Google, Uber
  2. People @ – Facebook
  3. Employee Experience – Airbnb
  4. Partner (Human) Resources – Starbucks
  5. Human Capital – Deloitte

A Best Workplaces Name Reflects The Culture

Employee Success Department – Salesforce

Salesforce has been named to Fortune’s top 100 best workplaces list multiple times.  The company’s Employee Success Department is a true reflection of that name.  Salesforce gets the best work out of its people because of its culture of putting people first. And that begins with giving people the tools and resources to be successful, every day.

Does Your HR Team Name Suit Your Company’s Branding Efforts and Overall Identity?

Perhaps your HR team is in the process of exploring whether your approach, which might even include your department’s name, is up-to-date. Selecting a department name and philosophy is key to keeping your organization competitive so you can easily attract the most talented people to join your team.

ABR Can Help You Sort Out the Name Game

At ABR, we care about helping you find the best ways to find and keep the best job candidates on staff for the long haul. We can help you develop everything from the perfect name to resonate with your ideal job seekers to designing, developing, and implement an environment that helps increase productivity and reduce turnover.

About Us

ABR is a Workforce Solutions company that delivers award-winning staffing and recruiting services through three operating divisions: ABR Employment Services, ABR Professional Search and Kinsa Group. The company is headquartered in Madison, WI and founded in 1987.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January, 2017 and updated in November, 2019. It was written by Joan Pajari, Senior Marketing Specialist.