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Employee Retention: 4 Strategies for Keeping Your Top Talent

Retention is a business’s ability to keep employees and reduce turnover. The most effective way to improve employee retention is to refine your retention strategies. Having a well-established employee retention strategy provides a competitive advantage. The ability to retain top talent — even in tight hiring markets — may allow companies to operate more efficiently without the disruption caused by employee turnover. You can increase your ability to retain valued employees using the following strategies. 1. Optimize Onboarding Providing new hires with a successful start is important. If employees begin their job with a poor start, they may have doubts about their future at the company. Once you’re confident that you’ve found the right candidate for the job, the onboarding and training process begins. An employee’s onboarding process extends beyond signing a contract, touring the office, and setting up the desk. A successful onboarding process includes introducing new employees to the job and explaining the company’s culture and how new employees can contribute and thrive. Training and support provided from the first day, whether in person or virtually, can help the employee feel welcome and supported. By making them feel comfortable and capable from the beginning, you increase the likelihood of retention.  2. Encourage Skill Development In many companies, workers don’t receive ongoing training and education. No advancement or improvement opportunities leave employees dissatisfied in their roles, making them less likely to stay. The key is to offer ongoing training and a pathway to help your employees achieve their professional goals. The aim of the training should be to expand employee skill sets. The importance of upskilling your employees is even greater today as technology continues to change our business practices. Give your employees options based on their growth goals. The following are some growing options you can explore: Allowing your employees to attend industry events and conferences. Recognize and reimburse participants of continuing education and certification programs  Encourage internal knowledge-sharing sessions where employees can learn from one another. Organize coaching and mentorship opportunities Creating a developmental path for your employees gives them a goal to strive for. By creating a powerful incentive for your team members, they are more likely to stay over the long haul. 3. Invest in Recognition and Rewards We all want to feel appreciated for the work we do. Awards programs at work are a great way to make employees feel valued and seen. Retaining

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Want to Join the Great Resignation? 5 Ways Staffing Services Help

For many American workers, the pandemic and its consequences have made the prospect of quitting your job not only possible, but desirable. However, before you rush out and join what’s being called the Great Resignation, consider the value of working with a staffing agency as you prepare for this serious and life-changing move. Here are five important ways they can help. 1. Updating Your Resume If you’ve been in the same job for a while, your resume probably needs some polishing and updating. A relevant resume that provides what current employers are looking for is one of the most important first steps in finding a great new job. This is particularly important if your goal when quitting your job is to change careers or industries since your resume may not automatically be the best fit. A staffing service can help assess your resume, offer suggestions based on the job market, and work with you to make it clear and concise. They may also help to prepare you to handle job interviews again.  2. Having Immediate Income Perhaps the most worrying thing about quitting a job voluntarily is having no income until you find a new one. This is a good time to turn to a temporary staffing agency, as you don’t have to search job ads or go through a lengthy hiring process before starting an income-earning job. Moreover, because it can be either a temporary position or a permanent one, the pressure is off when it comes to choosing a job.  3. Trying New Positions and Industries Why do you want to leave your job? If you’re dissatisfied with the hours, the environment, the corporate ladder, or the type of people you work with, quitting allows you to find a more suitable work situation. But what is that situation?

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5 Ways Temporary Staffing Helps Older Workers at a Crossroads

As you age, your role in the workforce may become more confusing. While some workers reach the pinnacle of career success in their 50s and 60s, others find their career has languished and they want (or need) something new. You may have reached an obstacle to further growth or grown tired of doing the same thing for so many years. You may even wonder if you’re still relevant alongside younger workers.  How can you beat these challenges and find new inspiration during this crossroads in your career? One way is to use a temporary staffing service. Discover five ways you can use this resource to find new direction. 1. Learn New Skills Keep yourself relevant and valuable to employers by continually updating and improving your skill set. While you can do this in several ways, such as returning for more education, one of the most effective methods is to try new things first-hand on new jobs. When you take a different position, you’re organically introduced to new ways, new techniques, and different technology. You might learn something completely new and find you take to it immediately. Or you might be able to put to work a skill you previously only learned about in theory. Temporary agencies offer a wide variety of learning opportunities because they work with many different employers.  2. Try New Industries Job doldrums may not be the fault of your type of work but rather issues within the industry. Many mature workers who have spent years in various fields have accumulated many transferrable skills and talents. If you’re a financial professional fed up with a punishing corporate office culture, for instance, you might consider taking those financial skills to the construction industry, nonprofits, or startups.  3. Widen Your Network Networking is important for all workers but is

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Retiring Early? How to Decide If You Should Work Part-Time

If you plan to retire fairly early, you face the decision about what you will do with your time afterward. Most Americans rightly look at their retirement as their big chance to travel, to enjoy leisure time, and to spend more time with friends and family. But should your retirement plans include working part-time? The answer may be yes, and for a variety of reasons. And if so, how should you approach work after retiring? Here are some answers to your questions. 

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