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How to recruit and maintain good employees

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When it comes to building a great workplace, attracting and retaining skilled employees is key. Here are tips from Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce President Angie Hibben to attract top talent:

1. Evaluate what you need and what skills they need to have

“Make sure the job description fits the job,” Hibben said. “And make sure you can assess if they have the right skills and personality for the job. Follow up with their references.”

2. Show them opportunities for growth and advancement

Investing in employees is a smart business decision.

To that end, Hibben recommends offering career development and mentorship opportunities.

3. Create a great work environment

People want to feel appreciated for what they do. That’s why it is important to make employees feel valued. How?

“Don’t set them up for failure,” Hibben said.

Instead, employers should make sure to support two-way communication.

“Open communication builds trust with your employee,” Hibben said.

Another way to improve the work environment? Employees should consider offering benefits if possible, including health, wellness, retirement, and paid time-off, as well as perks such as free coffee and snacks, periodic employee outings, and flexibility around work location or hours.

Additionally, employers should prioritize a work/life balance.

“Don’t expect employees to work 24/7 for you,” Hibben said. “If feasible, offer options to work remotely.”

Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce : 73 W Van Buren Street : Oswego, IL 60543 : 630.554.3505 http://www.oswegochamber.org/