The Intersection of Choice

We all know that hiring and retaining the best employees drives our businesses to success. Unfortunately, this is still an area which many organizations don’t properly invest in.

Who are your key employees? You know, the ones who always complete projects on time and the quality of their work is considered elite in your industry? Your “go-to” people for new ideas, the ones you rely on in times of crisis and generally to take on extra work? Having this person on your team allows you to sleep easier just knowing they are there. However, are these valued and talented members also keeping their job options open?

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Aureus Group Announces Q4 Employee of the Quarter

It’s been proven time and time again that engagement results in increased productivity, happy employees, and satisfied customers. Leaders and managers need to embrace new ideas and be sure communication with employees is clear. As a result, every employee will hopefully understand how his/her role impacts the bottom line and helps achieve the company’s goals. While many factors contribute to overall employee engagement, I believe a key element to engagement is recognition.

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Economic Recovery Brings New Staffing Challenges

Although the economy won’t completely recover this year, the SI Review and Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as staffing analysts expect it to greatly improve and we are already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As I mentioned in last month’s article, an increase in temporary orders and use of a contingent work force has historically been a sign of growth in all industries. However, the turn from contingent employees to a full-time head count will most likely be slower than in the past due in part to the many challenges facing businesses right now.

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Planning and Forecasting with Contingent Workforce in 2010 and Beyond

We are wondering what 2010 will bring. Recession has turned to recovery, and the economy is now growing again. The pains of the labor market will soon be healed by higher productivity as consumer demand increases across the board. One of the elements that may influence the pace and direction of hiring during the recovery is actually the way jobs were cut during the recession. Companies seemed to cut much faster and deeper during this recession than previous ones, quickly moving through contingent workers into core full-time jobs. Many experts who follow trends in the staffing world believe that companies will have a higher dependence on contingent staff who will allow organizations to more strategically re-integrate staff into organizations not just in 2010, but beyond.

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Why We’re Thankful

As the holiday season approaches we at Aureus Group are feeling very grateful to have such strong business partners and teammates as we head into this new and undoubtedly prosperous new year. We’ve all made it through one of the most challenging economic periods in history together. Here are a few of the reasons why we are thankful:

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Not a Well Kept Secret Anymore: Increased Relocations to the Midwest Improve our Talent Pool

Ten years ago I told my brother (who lives in Florida) that someday people would realize the Midwest is the very best place to live. Even though I said this with a chuckle as we threw our fishing lines into the ocean, I believed it. Today this comment is coming to fruition. Our firm has historically been known for relocating people back to the Midwest after they left to gain experience and live the big city life. Staff, senior level and executives with roots in the Midwest usually come back. The difference today is that individuals who have never lived through a winter or experienced a city without a subway system are actively searching for a new career in the heartlands.

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Corporate Philanthropy Feels Good

Corporate social responsibility: three words that can make a world of difference to a large group of people. At C&A Industries, Inc., parent company to Aureus Group, corporate social responsibility is more than just the latest buzz word. Here, employees and management give back in various ways, some big, some small, but it is always more than the simple action of check writing (although impact full never-the-less). For C&A employees, social responsibility has become part of who we are as a company and is ingrained into C&A’s corporate culture where it can make the biggest impact.

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Staffing After a Recession

According to a recent article in USA Today, 53 percent of employers plan to hire in the next 12 months. Based on this news and feedback from our clients, contract and full-time positions in the technical, professional, and healthcare industries are poised to increase substantially.

This staffing news initiated a discussion about how the economic downturn has driven companies to reorganize and realign recruitment efforts, leading to how Aureus Group will soon help our clients with the potential increase in positions.

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