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How to Increase Employee Retention in Today’s Market

More and more employers are struggling with employee retention in today’s market. With a near 50-year unemployment rate and 7.22 million job openings in the United States, many-valued employees are leaving for greener pastures. If you are one of the thousands of employers facing a steep decline in employee retention, here are a couple of things you can do retain your employees.

Fill vacant positions quickly

If you have vacant positions at your company, it’s in your best interest to fill them quickly. They probably cost your company more than you think. Not only is your production taking a hit, but the average cost of an employee exit is also 33 percent of their salary. It costs thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours for a company to fill a vacant position successfully. The faster you fill your vacant positions, the more money you will save.

Additionally, if you have a vacancy, someone else on your team is probably picking up the slack. Every day that goes by with that employee doing extra work, their likelihood of leaving skyrockets. Vacant positions can be a vicious cycle that your company doesn’t want to be stuck in.

Foster a healthy work-life balance

Ninety-five percent of human resource professionals claim an unhealthy work-life balance is detrimental to employee retention. If you don’t provide an excellent work-life balance, they’ll find a new employer that offers more time away from work. Again, employee vacancies play into this. If your team has multiple vacancies, your other team members are picking up the slack. They’re likely working longer hours, doing extra tasks, and feeling burnt out. If you keep these positions vacant, your employees will seek other opportunities that give them a life outside of work.

If you don’t want your company to fall victim of the current quit rate of 2.4 percent (the highest rate ever recorded), you need to take care of your current employees. And the best way to do that is to ensure they aren’t covering the workload of two or three different positions. Therefore, if you want to avoid this predicament, reach out to our expert team of recruiters at Johnson Search Group. We will help fill your open positions and keep your employee retention rate manageable.


3 Things to Consider Besides Salary


The job market is hot. Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report. In the month of December 2018, 7.3 million jobs were created – the most since the BLS started tracking this figure in 2000. In fact, 3.5 million workers voluntarily left their jobs to find new opportunities.

If you are one of the millions of people taking advantage of this crazy job market, remember this one thing: a job offer is more than a salary. Sure, a pay bump is nice! But there are so many other things to consider before pulling the trigger and accepting another opportunity. Here are three things to contemplate besides salary before accepting that enticing job offer.


Awesome! You received a job offer with an impressive salary. Everything looks great on paper, but have you ever stopped and thought how far that money will go in the city that you work in? The salary may seem beefy on paper, but if the cost of living is really high in your hometown, it may not go as far as you think.

Before accepting a new position, think about the cost of living. If you’re up for a relocation, consider the cost savings of moving to another city or state. Sure, your salary might be lower in a new city, but if the cost of living is substantially lower, you’ll end up with more money in your pocket in the long-run.

Work-life balance

Work-life balance is becoming more and more important for many professionals. Many people are willing to sacrifice a larger salary for a better balance between work and life. The salary you are offered might sound fantastic, but if you are sacrificing time away from your family, friends, and yourself, you may want to rethink the opportunity.

Some people don’t mind working long hours or on the weekends. However, many people value their time away from work. Money isn’t always a fair tradeoff from your personal life.


I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “you can’t put a price on happiness.” And as cheesy as it sounds, you simply can’t put a price tag on how well your job fulfills you. Regardless of how much money you make, if you feel that you aren’t a great fit with your co-workers or your employer’s values, you probably won’t be excited to walk into work every day.

If you’re not passionate about your job or the company you work for, no amount of money will make you enjoy your job.

If you’re ready to make the leap, check out our jobs board. We have dozens of opportunities that may be a perfect fit for you!


Overworked or Understaffed: A Recipe for Disaster


Today, more than ever, you don’t need to work yourself to sickness. I would never advocate working yourself to massive amounts of stress and anxiety. Today with the lowest unemployment numbers in years, there is really no reason one should work for a company that doesn’t allow for a normal work-life balance.

I am writing about this for a couple of reasons. I talk to so many people every day that want to look for a new job, but they don’t have time to focus on changing jobs, as they are being worked 60+ hours per week. Let’s think that through for a minute. You are frustrated because you are worked so many hours every week, but you can’t carve out some time to make the change? This is creating stress in your life and anxiety in your work. In fact, it is estimated that more than 20 percent of U.S. employees work more than 60 hours per week. As a result, 74 percent of working adults consistently fail to get enough sleep. And what’s worse, 66 percent of employees believe that their work performance would improve if they had more time to rest.

Being overworked is hurting your health

This is the recipe for an unhealthy life. A very good friend of mine just had a stress/anxiety health scare. He had a pulmonary embolism due to stress from work. He has been working 65+ hours every week and not getting the proper rest that his body needs. Thank goodness it was found early enough that the doctors could help him without long-term effects.

How many people are we seeing going through similar experiences due to being overworked? They don’t have time to get away from the workplace for a proper lunch or breaks throughout the day. If this is you, you should probably be looking at a new position with a normal work-life balance. Many times, this is completely relieved by making a work change. A new job, new boss, a new direction of a company that you agree with and want to be a part of will help improve your health. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be time to make a move.

If you’re a hiring manager with a depleted team, you’re not alone. With the current state of our job market, many departments are understaffed. This is especially true in the finance and tech industries where professionals are working in excess of 60 hours per week. Many hiring managers are feeling the effects of being overworked. This is distracting from their normal day-to-day duties. As a result, work is being left undone and thousands upon thousands of dollars are being wasted in inefficiencies. If your team is in need of qualified workers to keep things afloat, reach out to me and let’s work together to get the talent your organization needs.

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Today’s Candidate-Driven Market

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Nowadays, the landscape of finding and bringing top talent to your company and team, as well as keeping that talent, has changed.

Today’s market has moved into a very tight candidate-driven market that has not been seen in decades. And it has every indication of continuing that trend for years to come. Just in June alone, over 600,000 workers re-entered the workforce. For the first time in decades, there are more job openings than there are available candidates to fill them.

Therefore, there has been a significant increase in candidates who are passively looking for that next significant role in their career path. This is because they know they can get an increase in wages, incentives, location, and work-life balance due to the current market.

And because of that, the companies who’ve not taken steps to bring and/or retain the talent they desperately need are becoming increasingly frustrated.

Why companies are frustrated in this tight job market

The time to fill those open roles continues to climb. On average, it takes 36 days to fill an open position, from the day the position opens to accepted offer. This is causing employers great amounts of stress and forcing them to be more aggressive when pursuing candidates.

The cost to leave a role vacant is increasing, especially those critical roles. Those that are left to cover the open roles are beginning to suffer from burn out; employees are being asked to do more with less and work longer hours. As a result, great employees are leaving to pursue other opportunities that offer better pay and work-life balance.

Companies are dealing with roles being open longer, some over a year. Hiring managers start seeing more resumes that don’t meet their qualifications for certain jobs. They often stop receiving resumes through the company portals at all. And because of these issues, the human resource departments are overwhelmed with the task of filling open roles as well as perform their day-to-day duties.

Get the help you need

Companies are starting to reach out to outside firms to assist in their candidate searches. We help them find and place highly skilled and qualified candidates. This way they can stop worrying about their open positions and start focusing on their own jobs.

We have seen an increase in candidates that are passively looking for a career change and want our help. We connect with skilled and great candidates every day and those relationships are something we pride ourselves with. If your company is having a tough time acquiring (and retaining) top talent, let’s have a conversation and see what we can do for you.

We can help with both. Let’s work together.

Balance: How Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Career’s Success

When it comes to your work-life balance it’s about juggling all your responsibilities in just 24 hours, every day. And it can be difficult trying to manage your time between family, work, friends, and of course, you. But balancing your work and life is a crucial part of you having a successful career.

Ways to instill work-life balance effectively

Something that is super important in becoming successful with your career and at home, is balancing your responsibilities. You can do this by making sure you’re doing things you enjoy. Whether that means enjoying your job or having fun outside of work. It can help balance you out when one of those two things are stressful or vice-versa.

Also, make sure you’re with a good company that respects you and your home life. This is key to any working relationship. When you feel appreciated and cared for, you come into work knowing what you have to do that day, as well as knowing it will not be coming home with you.

When you interview for a job, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if they are the right fit for you! You get to choose who you share your talents with (especially, with the candidate-driven market we are in). And you want to make sure it’s a company that respects and knows the difference between your family time and work time.

By taking initiative upfront, it will be easier to focus on your work-life balance and help you understand the importance of it. Without that balance, your work production and health could suffer due to unnecessary stress. Which no one wants to deal with when you’re just trying to enjoy your life and career.

How to ensure you have a good Work-Life Balance

With these simple steps, you can make sure you’re taking steps to de-stress and unplug from work and life stresses.

Workout and eat healthily – whether that is going for a walk 3-4 times a week or going to the gym. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical health. Giving yourself that time to work on improving your health will only help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more in your day to day duties.

Hobbies – Reminding yourself of the importance of doing things other than work and house chores keeps you happy and excited for what the next day brings. Having different hobbies helps you relax and take that time you need to debrief from life and work. Because de-stressing and doing the things you love to do ‘just because’ will help you stay healthy and happy. Which only keeps you more productive in the office and life.

Un-Plug from work and technology – With work and technology being so hand-in-hand nowadays, it makes it hard to truly leave work… at work. But it’s important to remember that work will always be there tomorrow. Your loved ones, friends, that age your child is today, is and will always be changing. Make sure you’re spending that time with them. Enjoying every stage of life, because one day you won’t be able to.

Your work-life balance will determine your career and life successes, so make sure you take the time to focus on each role and balance them accordingly.

“As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes around once and time is precious. When (your) not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.”Benjamin Bratt



The Unexpected Stress That Life Offers


When life hands you goats, make goat milk?

I recently recalled a funny situation when I was shipping a live animal on Alaska Cargo.The act resulted in hearing the sentence: “The goats are in the air.” When I made eye contact with the cargo desk employee who made this statement, we couldn’t help but laugh-out-loud.

I asked her “when you took this job, did you ever think that goats flying would become a part of your normal work week?” She answered that it was certainly something she never imagined doing and that it was definitely not in the job description. She went on to explain that having close calls that would result in a missed connection was the toughest part of her job, but it happened almost every day.

We all have situations in our personal and professional lives that take us by surprise. Some are humorous and some, well, not so much. However, no matter the situation, it’s our response that matters. In the case above, it was profoundly more memorable, and certainly more enjoyable because of her attitude. She did not allow herself to be overcome with the stress of seven goats being shipped (and possibly missing their connecting flight). Can you imagine?

Choosing how we deal with stress

We can all agree that stress is one of the toughest things to deal with. Unfortunately, we can’t just not get stressed given that stress is a natural response to everyday situations. However, we do have a choice. We can allow stress to control us, or we can take steps to learn to get better at controlling it.

The key here is that we need to be active in our quest to deal. Whether it is stress associated with our careers, responding to negative situations so it doesn’t trash our day or attitude, or seeking specific tools to help with stress management that may allow ourselves to cope with stress or even the fatigue of everyday life.

One vital component that is often overlooked is identifying the things in our life that cause stress. As a recruiter in the healthcare industry, I hear a lot of different origins of stressors. Managers, co-workers, children, spouse or significant other, traffic, or even chores all cause stress.

Test your stress level

It’s important to keep in mind that well-known common life events could result in a physical illness. Don’t believe me? This fact has some great research behind it, and you can see your stress scale at  Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. You might be surprised at the items that made the list and what your personal score is.

Obviously, no two people are exactly alike, as individual perception is the key to how you handle life events. It is important to find out where you stand. You must know what actions are necessary to prevent stress from having a negative impact on your life.

Another tool that can help with understanding our own personal feelings is called the Perceived Stress Scale. This test was developed in 1983 and is widely distributed, even from the employee retention groups at organizations. While these tests are not the end-all-be-all, they can certainly provide a little glimpse at areas that you need to address to be a healthier you.

Give them a go. Find out what really stresses you out and chip away at it. These tests have helped me manage my stresses, so I know how powerful they can be. Once you can put your finger on it, you’ll be able to live a less stressful life from here on out.

4 Things You Can Do Right Now To Manage Stress In The Workplace

4 Things You Can Do Right Now To Manage Stress In The Workplace

We’ve all been there, and at times it may seem like we’ll never be out of there. You know, that place where it seems like you’re going to be eaten alive by stress. It almost seems like you’re drowning in it and there’s no way to get out.

What if I told you that there were a few ways to prevent that from happening, right now? Would you believe me?

As someone who has dealt with the stresses of school, work, and life all at the same time, I’m telling you there are ways to prevent stress from accumulating. It won’t happen overnight, but if you keep practicing these skills every day, then you’ll learn how to conquer stress in the workplace once and for all.

Stay organized

Stress can be caused by many things, and one way to prevent it is by staying organized. I know, I know, you hear it all the time. But it’s true! Organize your days, weeks, and months. Get a nifty planner that you write all of your plans in. Go through your work schedule at the beginning of each day and figure out what needs to be done first. By doing this, you’ll know when tasks need to be completed when, immediately decreasing your stress.

Want to take it to the next level? Create a checklist every day, and check off tasks as you complete them. Not only will this help you stay organized on a daily basis, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment – which will lead to more confidence.

Go for a lunchtime walk

Ever get a mild form of cabin fever while putting in a long day at the office? I know I have, and it doesn’t help my stress level. The perfect remedy for avoiding this is to go for a lunchtime walk. Now I know around this time of year the weather is not ideal for a walk outside, but even a quick lap around the building will clear your head. The fresh air will rejuvenate you and help you keep stress at a minimum.

Want to take it to the next level? Have an office competition on who can complete the most laps in a week. Even if the top-walker doesn’t win anything, office bragging rights are always good to have.

Maintain a good work-life balance

The last thing you want is for work stress to trickle into your home life, and vise-versa. If you’re constantly thinking about work, then the stress will never go away. It will start to accumulate and will eventually lead to a burnout. Go home, take a break to unwind after work, and put your feet up. We can’t spend all 16 hours a day away from work, but we can spend a few. Make sure to focus on you while you aren’t in the office.

Want to take it to the next level? Start a new TV show or make weekly plans with your family or friends. If you have something to look forward to after work every day, it will help you block off stress. Check out how you can conquer work-life balance here.

Distract your mind

Lunchtime isn’t the only time you should be giving your mind a break. If you’re intensely concentrated for eight hours straight with an hour break in between, not only will your stress accumulate, but your productivity may not be at its highest. Distract your mind a few times every day, and your stress levels will decrease. Watch a video or mouth the words to your favorite song. Heck, I even do push-ups sometimes. It’s all about finding a 2-3 minute way to distract your mind a few times throughout the day.

Want to take it to the next level and really impress your boss? Go wipe down the counter in the break room or wipe down the appliances. Not only will this be a quick distraction, but the office will love you and you’ll reap the benefits for days to come!

These aren’t too fancy, and they don’t cost any money, but they do work for helping to manage stress in the workplace. By implementing these simple practices into your life your stress levels will have a much better chance of decreasing, and it will also help your productivity in the workplace.

The Secret To A More Positive & Productive Life At Work

The Secret To A More Positive & Productive Life At Work

The Secret To A More Positive & Productive Life At Work

Wake up. Head to work. Get home. Hit the sack. Repeat.

This is pretty much what everyone’s cycle of life feels like, doesn’t it? I know mine generally does. Many try to break out of it and seek something balanced and meaningful during weekdays. Trust me, it’s not that easy. Having a job, getting ready for it and recovering from it really eats up your time and energy if you allow it.

Not having a balanced lifestyle can lead to a lack of concentration, stress, lethargy, lack of motivation and poor productivity at work. This leads to impatience, anger, lack of attention toward your spouse (or partner) and kids (if you have any) as well as your friends. Eventually, this will lead to a lack of productivity from your company resulting to a lower general welfare of the socio-economy as a whole.

You need to laugh more, eat more and enjoy more. But what’s the secret to it all?

The secret to a more positive and productive life at work is simple: Make time for things that add value toward a balanced lifestyle and stick to it. Yes, stick to it like super glue. No shortcuts or I-don’t-have-time-for-this excuses. Here are some things that I have successfully implemented:

  1. On your way to work

Use your time going to and from work to try something new. Do you usually listen to the same music or news channel? Try switching to another frequency. Listen to oldies or melodies that remind you of the good old days. It will set off a great mood when entering your workplace. It will bring a smile to you and your colleagues. I started listening to the 80s recently and I’m lovin’ it!

  1. Break your lunch in half

One of the most anticipated hours of your work day is your lunch break. Go out and stretch your legs. How about a stroll at a park while listening to your favorite songs, calling a loved one, or even (finally) catching up on that book a friend recommended. I put it on my schedule to eat my sandwich and head to the park for a walk to be in nature. I come back with a sharper mind and ready to take on the afternoon (which is difficult for many fighting the sleepy monster!) If it helps, try scheduling a 15-minute power nap!

  1. Health is wealth

Did you know that you are what you eat and drink? Get more brain food in your diet. Brain food is rich in antioxidants that keep your mind engaged all day. This would be helpful when you’re in meetings and when you get home to your family. For more info on brain food, click here.

  1. Get moving

Get off your chair. Put your arms up. Get your heart beat up. Sitting is the next smoking. There are plenty of on the spot activities that would help refresh your heart and spirit. Check out these exercises if you need ideas. I take 5 minutes every 45 minutes to do them. I feel much more focused and less stressed every time!

  1. Get time with friends and family (who will keep you accountable!)

Family and friends lighten up the heart, whether you had a bad day or a great one. They are there to listen to you and give you advice. Show them your weekly schedule and what you’d like to do differently. They will keep you accountable for a healthier balanced lifestyle. I told my friends what my daily work schedule looks like and they told me to sleep earlier to get a fresher start, it sure helped!

  1. Don’t head home

If you like art, music, historical antiques, photography or just having a cup of coffee at a cafe whilst reading a magazine or just looking at passer-bys, then I recommend you doing so before cozying up at home. Your eyes need to see and appreciate the best life has to give in your town or city. They are there and we need to make time to appreciate them.

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Why Work-Life Balance Is The Key To Career Success

Why Work-Life Balance Is The Key To Career Success

I’ve found throughout my career that everyone is on the search for the “key” to career success. You know the feeling, you’re sitting at your desk, head in your hands asking yourself, “how can I achieve my goals? How can I feel more fulfilled? Am I just wasting my life away at my desk?” Little do you know, you’ve had the key to success all along – you just weren’t putting it to use.

The health benefits of a good work-life balance

I learned the importance of a healthy work-life balance early on in my career. As my children were growing up, had school functions, and began competing in sports, at times it was a struggle to attend their activities. I had to learn how to adjust my schedule so I would be there for them. It was sometimes exhausting, but in doing so I was able to coach them in sports as they grew up.

When I was a Sales Manager, I made it very clear to my employees that they had to learn how to deal with this issue and schedule time to balance between work and family or sometimes even for themselves. For those that struggled, I suggested that they take up a hobby like sports, riding, hiking, etc.

A lesson from the Karate Kid

As Mr. Miyagi says in The Karate Kid “Balance Danielson.“ This life skill can be a constant moving target once we begin to build our lives and careers. As we age, and our children begin their lives and careers in the big world, our work-life balance continues to change along with the seasons of our lives.

Take time out of your busy day to assess the balance in your life; find things outside of your job or career that helps to clear your mind. It will immediately change your mindset and you will become more productive in your career and your confidence. And if you don’t feel that you have the opportunity to adjust your work-life balance, maybe it’s time for a change. So many of the candidates we work with are in the same boat; they’re eager for a new culture that fosters growth and enrichment of lives outside of work.

Need some help getting started? I found these 6 practical suggestions for re-setting your work-life balance very helpful.

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Work-Life Balance Is Essential For Success – How Will You Achieve It?

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Many hiring managers I talk to tell me that they and their staff work overtime constantly because they have open positions that remain unfilled. They have not seen a decent resume from their HR teams in months, and yet the organization will not allow them to use outside agencies due to cost. Or in many other cases, the response is that they already have contracts in place with other agencies, so they don’t need another ‘vendor’. Two questions come to mind, 1) How much is that over time costing you? and 2) if the other agencies aren’t providing good candidates, why do you continue to use them?

I have just had the amazing experience of vacationing in Mexico. It has been a few years since my husband and I took a vacation, so it was a long time coming. We were able to spend some time relaxing re-energizing, and reflecting. After a couple of days with sand in my toes, I realized then that I need to practice what I preach and commit to scheduling regular ‘down time’ for myself.  I truly believe that it makes you a better person, better team member, and better leader when you are operating at full capacity. So stop to smell the roses, or in this case the sea air! The person in your organization that has the most accrued vacation time is not necessarily the employee of the year if it’s taking a toll on their personal satisfaction and ultimately their performance.

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I continually compared myself in this situation to the many healthcare organizations that I work with, and how we build and lead succesful teams. As the team lead for the Healthcare Division at JSG, I know that my ability to lead is directly related to my ability to function and appreciate my own quality of life. I also reflected on the difference between organizations and their decisions regarding outside recruiting agencies like us.

Keep in mind that ‘cost’ is not always just dollars. In order to save dollars, many organization rack up expenses in employee burnout and quality of patient care. Ask yourself, “How can a traditional HR staff member possibly know the details of what I am truly looking for in a candidate?” Now don’t get me wrong, many organizations have talented HR members that are truly a working part of the organization and have a finger on the pulse of their hiring managers. They have a knack for truly knowing the ‘what’s not on the job description’ pieces or at least the ability and desire to find out the answers if they don’t know.

But what about yours? Have you seen a decent resume lately? How long has that position on your team been open? Are the agencies you currently work with providing you with the talent you need? Are you or your staff starting to suffer from job burnout? For organizations that say no to successful partnerships with an agency that is built on effective relationships, the end result is often loss of the very leaders or staff that are considered so indispensable. If you can’t afford to lose them, take the steps necessary to keep them, and that includes establishing a culture of appreciation of work-life balance and sometimes shelling out a few dollars to save more down the road.