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How Many Jobs Have You Had?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker has 10 different jobs before they turn forty years old. The average tenure is 4.4 years. Considering I've been at Aureus Group since 1994 these stats amaze me. That said, I have noticed this trend in all disciplines and business sectors.

What is Your PTO Policy?

Although there are no federal guidelines requiring employers to provide vacation days, it's a common and necessary business practice to attract and retain top talent. The top three criteria top talent is looking for in selecting their next employer is total compensation

Smart Compensation: Equal Pay, Internal & External Equity

Did you see the 60 Minute special reporting the $6 million spend by Salesforce to create equal pay for women? This bold, courageous, and significant investment in their workforce is already paying off. Beyond the free national press, building this type of employer brand is priceless when it comes to attracting and retaining top innovative

FUN at WORK…Happy Employees = Happy Customers

Warren Buffett & March Madness - $1 Million a Year for Life. Berkshire Hathaway continues to hedge bets with their annual March Madness bracket for employees. Last year a West Virginia factory worker won $100,000 for picking 31 of the tournament's first 32 games.

Staffing Pioneer Joins Chamber’s Hall of Fame – Larry J. Courtnage

There are few times in life when you meet someone who will truly impact your life. I will never forget the day I interviewed with Larry Courtnage. On that November day in 1994 I joined his team and he affectionately became "Mr. C". During my first few years, his guidance in the form of "riddles"

It’s Noisy…Who Will You Listen to in 2018?

As we kick off the New Year, I've been reflecting on the last couple decades. I have experienced two recessions in last 23 years in the dynamic search and staffing industry. Although Aureus Group had a growth year in 2017, it has not been easy.

Healthcare Executives Group Outlines Top Challenges for 2018

You can't go anywhere without hearing more about challenges of healthcare. From Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and the Wall Street Journal to regional and local business journals the articles and blogs are endless. No matter what side you are on the costs and debacles within our government and between providers, insurance carriers, and consumers are mind

Do You Teach Turkeys to Climb Trees or Hire Squirrels

What do you talk about around the Thanksgiving dinner table? Most of us have a tradition of sharing what we are thankful for. My family has a unique relationship with turkeys. My Dad use to raise and give homegrown turkeys to his customers at Thanksgiving time.

Do You Enable or Coach?

On Friday we hosted an event focused on effective coaching vs. traditional performance management. We gathered thought leaders to share lessons learned, success stories, and new ideas. The conversations between employees and leaders are definitely evolving in corporate America. In my opinion, traditional annual reviews focused on the past, merit increases, and dictator leadership styles

What Does a Fantasy Football Draft Strategy Have in Common with a Strategic Staffing Plan?

Talent drives strategy on and off the football field. For the most part, quarterbacks dominate the total points depending on the scoring system, the number of teams in your league, and the number of starting quarterbacks. The crucial conversations surrounding the value of quarterbacks are complicated.