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Posted 03/10/2014

Keys to Retaining Good Employees

As we all look for ways to solve the growing qualified labor gap, retention of our best and most talent employees plays a crucial role. Erica Fener of Human Resources IQ shares these great tips:       Ensure clear and consistent expectations. Just like in your employees’ personal lives, when confronted continually with unclear and ever-changing situations on the job, employee stress and insecurity can build resulting in worker unhappiness. Employee security and confidence increase when they know what to expect on the job and understand job performance goals and requirements. Ensure high quality supervision. Ms. Fener writes, “A…
As we all look for ways to solve the growing qualified labor gap, retention of our best and most talent employees plays a crucial role.…
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Posted 03/03/2014

Why Choose a Career in MN Manufacturing?

Today’s manufacturing offers a wide range of exciting and challenging careers. Manufacturing is the third largest industry in Minnesota. Minnesota manufacturers produce everything from food products and snow mobiles to high-tech medical devices that save and improve lives. According to Dream It Do It, 13% of all jobs in Minnesota are in manufacturing (over 290,000 careers!) and Minnesota typically has 3,300 job openings every year! These include careers in: Engineering Machining Business Development Sales Customer Service Assembly Management Inspection and Quality Control Minnesota manufacturing jobs on average have a salary of around $56,000 a year versus the state average of…
Today’s manufacturing offers a wide range of exciting and challenging careers. Manufacturing is the third largest industry in Minnesota. Minnesota manufacturers produce everything from food…
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Posted 02/24/2014

Events Around Town: Becoming the Employer of Choice

In January, MPS had the pleasure of attending the event “Becoming the Employer of Choice” sponsored by the Manufacturers Alliance and held at Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie. What a great topic in today’s tough market! Panel members Kristy Larson Director of Talent Management at Starkey, Kim Blievernicht VP of HR at Metro Mold & Design and Nicki Leritz Corporate Staffing Manager at Anderson Corporation led us through a discussion of what it means to become an employer of choice. Below is our summary of the event’s topic: What does it mean to be the employer of choice? It…
In January, MPS had the pleasure of attending the event “Becoming the Employer of Choice” sponsored by the Manufacturers Alliance and held at Starkey Hearing…
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Posted 02/19/2014

Common Recruiting Pitfalls to Avoid

As we all face the challenges of recruiting enough highly-skilled and professional workers to sustain company growth, it is important to put your best foot forward to attract top talent. Here are some common pitfalls we see and that you should avoid. Job descriptions with too many requirements.  Some companies post job descriptions with an impossible number of requirements, and then use software to filter through thousands of applications. Their talent search is doomed from the start when there are precise words needed to alert the applicant-tracking software that a candidate should get through the gates and into an interview. …
As we all face the challenges of recruiting enough highly-skilled and professional workers to sustain company growth, it is important to put your best foot…
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Posted 02/17/2014

How to Attract Top Talent

Employers can make their organizations more attractive to prospective top talent in several ways by: Cultivating a strong company culture Developing an employment brand Offering competitive pay and benefits Having a well-designed recruitment plan Start first by cultivating a company culture that attracts the type of talent you seek. By way of an example, Southwest Airlines allegedly recently received more than 50,000 applications for 500 available positions.  Companies concerned over what their culture is or what it is becoming use employee surveys, listening posts, town hall meetings, spokespersons meetings, suggestions boxes, social media, exit surveys, etc., to solicit issue areas. …
Employers can make their organizations more attractive to prospective top talent in several ways by: Cultivating a strong company culture Developing an employment brand Offering…
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Posted 02/12/2014

State of the Market– MN & WI

Our Minnesota and Wisconsin manufacturing clients of all sizes and revenues continue to grow in confidence regarding regional economic recovery as evidenced by a cautious but steady uptick in hiring. Demand is rising but the pace of hiring –especially permanent hires – is tempered by looming uncertainties. Of foremost concern is the rising expense of health care and its effective utilization as a recruitment tool.  This issue seems to overshadow perennial worries over government policies and local, state, and federal taxes. The fastest emerging issue – especially among larger clients – is the growing qualified labor gap.  Substantial challenges surround…
Our Minnesota and Wisconsin manufacturing clients of all sizes and revenues continue to grow in confidence regarding regional economic recovery as evidenced by a cautious…
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