COVID-19: Information for ABR Employees & Clients

March 18th, 2020

ABR Is Open; Office Visits by Appointment Only

The COVID-19 Cornonavirus continues to change how we live and work. And, the health and safety of our ABR internal staff, our employees on-assignment at the companies we serve is our primary concern.

Written communication has been sent to our internal staff and employees on assignment about how to take care of themselves, protect others, and to monitor the latest developments. Written communication has also been sent to our current clients regarding our company efforts with respect to COVID-19.

Because the number of confirmed cases in the areas we serve is low, all ABR branch locations and our corporate office remain open for business. All ten ABR branch locations employ 10 or fewer staff. Social distancing and CDC hygiene protocol are being practiced. Branch locations contain private offices for each employee.

However, until further notice, any necessary in-person contact with branch office employees will be by appointment only. Please call your local ABR office first. Social distancing of 6 feet or more must be followed. 

Use Phone, Text Message or Email for Communication

Since most of the service we provide can be done over the phone, text message or email, we encourage you to use those means of communication.

Although there only a small number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the geographic areas we serve, we know this could change overnight. Should the need arise, we have a contingency plan for ABR staff to work remotely, to continue serving our clients, our  employees on assignment and prospective employees.

As we have done for nearly 35 years, we will do our very best to continue providing the very best talent to our client companies. More than ever, it is critical that we do all we can to support the service and production needs of our client companies and continue to employ people throughout this health crisis.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when they are sick
  • Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Not wear a face mask unless they show symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19
  • Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing (if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

To learn more about COVID-19 and keep up with the latest developments, see the About Coronavirus Disease 2019 and CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers web pages. For information about hand-washing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.



December 2019 Webinars on ABR JobConnect

December 2nd, 2019

Our goal is to help you achieve career success. We offer weekly free career webinars on job hunting advice. A live question and answer period is held at the end of each webinar. This provides a great forum to instantaneously receive guidance to solve job search problems you may be facing.

Our December line-up includes:

How to Conduct a Great Telephone Interview – Tuesday, 12.3.19

Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

Description: A telephone/SKYPE/Webcam interview is much different than a face-to-face interview. Employers are scheduling telephone interviews more frequently because of time and expense. It is for that reason that you need to ACE telephone interviews, which can lead to a face to face interview and job offer. During this session, we will address the following:

  • How to conduct an effective telephone or SKYPE interview
  • When you suggest a telephone or SKYPE interview
  • The best way to convert a telephone or SKYPE interview into a face-to-face interview
  • Pitfalls to avoid

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Eliminate Time Wasters in Your Search – Wednesday, 12.11.19

Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)

 It is very easy to get into a routine when you are involved in a job search. In fact, most of us are on automatic pilot throughout our lives. Let me give you an example: When you woke up this morning, did you even think about what you needed to do? When you got in the shower did you wonder what part of your body to wash first? You have a set routine in the morning without giving your actions a second thought. You are also probably conducting your job search on automatic pilot. During this session, we will identify the following:

• Top-ten job search time wasters
• Solutions

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ABR HR Insights Magazine, Autumn 2019

November 18th, 2019

Real estate professionals use the term “buyers’ market” when there are far more houses for sale than there are prospective buyers. Under those conditions, buyers can be extra picky—and sellers must work harder to entice
them. Employment has its own version of the buyers’ market, and we’re in the middle of it right now: there are
more open positions than there are qualified applicants, which means that companies have to figure out new ways
to attract and retain top talent.

Fortunately, the contributors to ABR Employment Services HR Insights offer plenty of helpful guidance to organizations that seek to navigate these troubled waters successfully. One key point to keep in mind is that the job market is always in flux, and circumstances can change dramatically
(and quickly).

In this issue’s feature article, “Career Paths Are Out—and Career Portfolios Are In,” Charles Coy takes in the big-picture view of the job market and the talent pool. In a conversation with futurist April Rinne, he explores how the growing presence of “portfolioists” in the workplace is reshaping hiring practices and work communities.

As companies struggle to anticipate the opportunities (and challenges) they’ll be facing, one common theme
has emerged: today’s employees want more than good salaries.

  • Peter Bellotti (“Best Practices for Employee Experience Programs”) explains that they want their jobs to have meaning—and companies need to provide that if they want to engage (and keep) their workers.
  • Tori Fica (“How to Help Employees Feel Valued at Work”) underscores the positive impact of rewarding people through compensation and recognition, pointing out that “employees perform better when they see that what they’re doing day in and day out matters.”
  • In “The Importance of Building Trust within a Company,” Insight Worldwide highlights trust as a major driver of employee engagement: “When employees are confident that they have management’s trust, usually those employees will not only meet expectations but actually exceed them. In an environment of trust—where they are both trusted and trustworthy—employees are more engaged and more productive.“

How is your organization faring in today’s tough employment market? If you’re looking for new strategies for finding and keeping great employees, we can help! Remember, the business world keeps evolving, so it’s always wise to prepare for whatever may lie ahead.

8 Powerful On-boarding Strategies to Engage New Employees

November 4th, 2019

How many employees do you think are truly engaged and enthusiastic about their work? According to Gallup, the number is merely 15%, which is a huge financial drain for businesses considering that offices with engaged employees are as much as 43% more productive.

How can you facilitate employee engagement? Let’s go back-to-basics with this list of 8 Powerful On-boarding Strategies to Engage New Employees:

1. Lift the Curtain

Think back to your first day at a new job. You probably had dozens of questions floating around your head:

  • What exactly am I responsible for?

  • What does my average day look like?

  • What do my managers/colleagues expect from me?

Your new hires are thinking those same things. Don’t let them go into their first day blind; set them on the right track by explaining the scope of their role and your expectations.

2. Plan for Performance

Speaking of expectations, it’s never too early to start talking about performance reviews!

Share a sample performance review sheet and walk your new hire through setting one performance target, one development goal, and a job essence objective.

3. Lead with Inspiration

Your company probably has an awesome, unique mission. Explain it to employees and then hone in on how their individual work will contribute to the company’s mission.

When employees work toward a purpose that isn’t just “making the company money”, they are more likely to stay engaged.

4. Power Up

Equip new hires with the gear they need to succeed right off the bat, whether that means a lightning-fast computer, login information for the company’s resource center, or pristine business cards.

Nothing kills your buzz like having to wear a visitor badge for the first week because no one thought to request a security pass.

5. Axe the Admin

Don’t send your new hire home with a headache from signing one too many forms. Have them sit down with HR (or you!) to walk through a handful of the most pressing documents, and leave the rest for later.

6. Get Face-time

94% of employees prefer that managers address performance issues and development opportunities in real-time. So, begin cultivating a great relationship on the very first day by setting aside quality time to connect with new employees.

7. Break the Ice

In their Relationships @Work study, LinkedIn found that:

  • Nearly half of all professionals worldwide think that work friends contribute to overall happiness

  • 50% of employees between the ages of 18-24 believe that workplace friendships make them feel motivated

Facilitate workplace friendships or at least positive team relationships by organizing a team lunch. Your newest employee may leave day 1 with a best buddy.

8. Wind Down & Psych Up!

First days can feel like a whirlwind. Set aside the last minutes of the day for a calm debrief. This is the perfect opportunity to answer any questions that may have come up throughout the past few hours and summarize the schedule for the rest of the week.

New hires will leave engaged and excited to come back rather than thinking “Abandon ship!” as soon as they walk out the door.

Looking to add to your engaged 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.

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2019 edition of our e-newsletter, HR Insights. It was written by Talmundo.

October 2019 Webinars on ABR JobConnect

October 1st, 2019


Our goal is to help you achieve career success. We offer weekly free career webinars on job hunting advice. A live question and answer period is held at the end of each webinar. This provides a great forum to instantaneously receive guidance to solve job search problems you may be facing.

Our October line-up includes:

Get Out of Your House

Date: 10/03/2019 01:00 PM CST

Job Boards and website postings are where you face the highest level of competition and lowest rate of return on your investment of time and efforts. During this session, we will address the following:

• Where you should go
• What you should do
• Who you should meet
• Why your results will improve

Timing is Critical When You Apply for a Job

Date: 10/08/2019 10:00 AM CST

During a job search it’s all about timing, timing and timing. Timing either enhances or can sabotage your job search efforts. During this session, you will learn the following:

• The impact of timing on your job search
• Why research of companies and contacts is critical to your search

Gatekeepers – Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

Date: 10/15/2019  11:00 AM CST

Never underestimate the knowledge of gatekeepers. They know the schedules of hiring authorities, their interests and preferences. They are also paid to screen out calls that will waste the time of these hiring authorities. During this session, we will discuss the following:

• How to align yourself with gatekeepers
• What actions you can take if you are screened out
• How to obtain information to progress your job search

Start at The Top and Work Your Way Down

Date: 10/29/2019 01:00 PM CST

Most decision makers have a weak link in their department or company. Often this has not been discussed and HR as no active search. These unadvertised inactive job searches can provide you with the greatest opportunity to get hired. During this session, we will address the following:

• The importance of contacting hiring authorities directly
• Who is your best contact in a targeted company?
• How do you effectively market yourself?

Join us to learn the ULTIMATE SECRET FORMULA. Show them your absolute best in your next interview. Let’s get you back to work!

Fall In To A New Job With ABR

September 23rd, 2019

Today marks the beginning of a new season; the beginning of Autumn. It’s also the perfect day to set your career move plan in motion!

At ABR, we believe every career move should bring you one step closer to where you want to be. No matter what type of position you are looking for — professional, office or manufacturing — we will work closely with you to understand your unique wants and needs so we can connect you with a position you can feel good about now and into the future.

As Your Employment Connection to the Future™  you’ll receive personal support to help you get the job offer. Whether that’s interview coaching, a resume review or interview dress tips, we’ll provide the guidance needed to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow.

Not looking to make a career change but know someone that is? Refer them to us. If all referral criteria are met, you could receive between $50 to $150! Ask any ABR Representative for details.



Offboarding: What it Means and Why it Matters

September 13th, 2019

ABR HR Insights Magazine Autumn 2019

In every edition of our HR Insights Magazine, influential and wide-ranging thought leaders in HR, recruitment, staffing, management, and other fields discuss themes that are relevant to our clients’ businesses.

Workplaces are full of relationships, and the one that exists between an organization and its candidates and employees forms the foundation of everything the organization does. In this issue of our HR Insights, we have gathered some great articles that speak to the importance of building and strengthening the company–employee relationship at all stages of the employment cycle.

Feature Article: Offboarding: What it Means and Why it Matters

Contrary to popular belief, the end of someone’s employment does not necessarily mark the end of his or her relationship with that company. As Brian Anderson writes in “Offboarding: What It Means and Why It Matters,” the last stage of someone’s employment cycle with an organization can have long-lasting effects on the organization’s employer brand, performance management, and potential to hire boomerang employees.

Abby Perkins continues the examination of boomerang employees in “6 Tips for Interviewing and Hiring Former Employees.” Because these candidates are already familiar with the company (and already know many of the people there), there are a number of special considerations to keep in mind when engaging with this talent pool.

In “Worth the Investment: Why Corporate Culture Is Important,” Julie Dodd explains how today’s tight job market makes it more important than ever for organizations “to foster a high-functioning, people-first corporate culture” that attracts candidates and retains current employees.

A company runs on its people, and those people do their best work when they are engaged and feel connected to the organization and its purpose. In its relationships with its employees, a company can promote the growth of that engagement and purpose.

Need to Replace Offboarded Employees?

Great ideas and partnerships begin with a conversation. Contact any ABR location now to get started.

What Kind of Clothes Should I Wear When Welding?

September 9th, 2019

100% Cotton; No Synthetics or Synthetic Blends Ever!

If you work in welding, it’s critical that you wear the right clothing to avoid being burned. When welding, wearing cotton is king!  Wear 100% cotton shirts. They are made out of completely natural fibers which are harder to catch on fire and easier to extinguish than synthetic fibers. 100% wool is also acceptable but tends to be too hot to wear when welding.

DO NOT wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. A welding spark can make synthetic fabric  burn vigorously, melt the fabric and produce bad skin burns.

Also, because welding can be such a hot task, it can be tempting to not wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Wearing all recommended PPE is critical to avoid burns, injury and illness!

Remember, 100% cotton clothing is the most cool and breathable fabric there is, and the safest to wear when welding.

In addition to wearing cotton when welding, follow these additional welding safety tips from ABR’s insurance partner, Cottingham & Butler.

Welding Risk & Prevention
Some of the most common injuries associated with welding are related to the radiation given off by the arc. If the eyes are not
protected, the welder can suffer an eye burn known as weld-flash. Even a brief exposure to the arc radiation can result in weld-flash.
Because of this, weld-flash is not just a concern to welders but to anyone else who may be in the area. This condition can
result in pain to the eye, swelling, and temporary blindness. This is a temporary condition, but repeated exposure to the
radiation can result in long-term eye damage. The radiation can also cause skin burns. Repeated, excessive exposure can result
in skin cancer in the long-term.

Also hazardous are the fumes that are created while welding. A lot of variables determine the severity of this hazard, including
the type of welder used, the electrode, the base metal, any coating on the metal, and the environment where the welding is
being done. A common short-term effect of over-exposure to weld fumes is metal fume fever, which feels similar to the flu.
Additional hazards include noise, burns from slag and hot material, and electric shock from live electrical parts.

Protect Yourself
Following established safe work practices makes welding a safe task. First, always inspect your equipment prior to use. Ensure
the settings are correct and the equipment is in good condition. All connections must be tight, output terminals must be
insulated, and the electrode holder and welding cable must be well insulated. Ensure that your work area is free of any
flammable or combustible materials. If you are in an area not designated for hot work, you must have a hot work permit. Do
not weld in a damp or wet environment.

Next, wear all the necessary PPE. Protective clothing must be made of a material that will not burn or melt. The clothing must
cover all bare skin, as it is subject to burns from radiation and hot materials. Pants must be worn around your boots/shoes (not
tucked in) to prevent hot material from falling into your boot. Sleeves should also not be rolled up, as hot materials can catch in
the folds. Gloves should be made of a heavy material, often leather. The gloves, if in good condition, will protect against burns
and cuts. Those gloves must also be dry to help protect against electric shock.

A welding helmet of the appropriate shade for the type of welding that is being done must also be worn. A welding helmet
must always be worn, even when tack-welding. It is possible to get weld-flash even during this short period of time. Other
employees working in the area must also be protected from radiation. Welding curtains or PPE may be necessary to protect

Hearing protection should be worn whenever welding. Not only will it help protect against the loud noise that can come with
welding, but also help prevent any hot material from entering your ear.

Weld in a well-ventilated area. If ventilation is not sufficient, a portable fume extractor may be necessary. If welding in a
confined space, additional precautions are necessary, including a confined space permit and air monitoring. Consult your
company’s confined space procedures.

Reporting An Unsafe Work Environment
ABR Employment Services and the companies we partner with to provide people jobs have a joint responsibility to keep our employees safe. If you work with welding equipment on the job, and have questions about protective equipment, contact your ABR Employment Representative immediately. We want to keep you safe and healthy!

September 2019 Webinars on ABR JobConnect

September 3rd, 2019

Our goal is to help you achieve career success. We offer weekly free career webinars on job hunting advice. A live question and answer period is held at the end of each webinar. This provides a great forum to instantaneously receive guidance to solve job search problems you may be facing.

Our September line-up includes:

People Talk – What Are They Saying About You?

Date: 09/06/2019 11:00 AM Eastern Time

In the past, people only talked about you when they were contacted for a reference check. Technology has certainly changed how people communicate about you. People leave an impression when they recommend you on LinkedIn or talk about you on any social media site. It’s important that you realize how this impacts your job search.  During this session, we will address the following:

  • Why, when and how you should prep your references
  • The impact of your LinkedIn Profile
  • Social media do’s and don’ts

Effectively Follow Up

Date: 09/11/2019 02:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Have you ever wondered if you’re following up too much or not enough? There’s a fine line between being diligent and coming across desperate. During this session, we will address the following:

  • How important is your follow-up?
  • How soon to follow-up after sending a resume?
  • What do you say?
  • How do you get your resume to the top of the stack?
  • Who do you call when you don’t have a name?
  • How many times do you follow-up if your job search drags on?

A Day in the Life of a Job Seeker

Date: 09/16/2019 01:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST)

A job search can be very stressful, so how do you take care of yourself while you improve the results? The answer to this question is very different for individuals who are employed vs. unemployed, so we will address both scenarios.

  • If you are unemployed – what questions should you answer?
  • Daily Activities and Priorities
  • If you are employed – how can you conduct a job search?
  • Networking
  • Follow up and tracking progress

Re-THINK: The “Ultimate Secret Formula” to Effective Interviewing

Date: 09/24/2019 02:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)

Come learn to Re-THINK your entire interview preparation and get hired! People often say, “I hope I survive my interview”. However, interviewing is not about survival, doubt or fear. It is absolutely about confidently communicating to the company how you can help them achieve their goals. It’s also your opportunity to show them, that by hiring you, they are making the best choice. During this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a “highly effective” interview game plan
  • How to easily manage your emotions so you can be Clear, Calm, and Confident
  • How to specifically share the BEST of you throughout the interview
  • What KEY questions can help to GET THE OFFER

Join us to learn the ULTIMATE SECRET FORMULA. Show them your absolute best in your next interview. Let’s get you back to work!

Connect With Job Opportunity; Connect with ABR

August 19th, 2019

Connect With Direct Hire Job Opportunities

Remember building things with Lego? Connecting different blocks together to form something amazing? Working with ABR to find your next job is kind of like that. We help connect you to area companies that are hiring.

As Your Employment Connection to the Future™  you’ll receive personal support to help you get the job offer. Whether that’s interview coaching, a resume review or interview dress tips, we’ll provide the guidance needed to help you land a position where you want to work, learn and grow.

Featured direct hire positions:

CNC Machinist – Green Bay , Wisconsin – $20 per hour

Direct Hire in Steel Manufacturing – Schofield , Wisconsin – $19 per hour

Industrial Electrician – Manitowoc , Wisconsin – $27 per hour

Sheet Metal Fabricator – Appleton , Wisconsin – $18 per hour

Installer – Stevens Point , Wisconsin – $15 per hour

Commercial Painter – Green Bay , Wisconsin – $17 per hour

U.S. Paper Mills-General Labor Pool – Menasha , Wisconsin – $45,000 + annually

Dust Collector Supervisor – Oshkosh , Wisconsin – $18 per hour

Youth Care Worker – New London , Wisconsin – $16 per hour

To view ALL direct hire opportunities, click the red ‘search jobs‘ button, then:

Get Started Today

Whether you’re looking for your first  job, have a few years of experience under your belt or are a total pro, we’ll help connect you to your new job! Best of all, there is no cost to you. Have questions about one of these great direct hire positions? Just give us a call; we’re here to support you in your job search!