Job Tips

Online Exit Interviews

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Unless it’s a “don’t let the door hit you on your way out” kind of situation, where the reasons are fairly obvious, most employers need to know why employees are leaving them. After all, according to the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California at Berkeley, the average cost to replace an employee for all categories of workers is about $4,000. Blue collar and manual workers can be replaced for an average cost of $2,000, while replacing managerial and professional employees cost as much as $7,000. Especially for employers in Eastern Iowa where our low unemployment rate makes it an employee’s market, identifying and addressing the underlying causes of employee attrition is a money saving...

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Promote Advanced Manufacturing Careers

A lack of skilled workers, a record number retiring baby boomers, and the generally negative perception of manufacturing as a career by Iowa’s young people – these are all factors making it difficult to fill Iowa’s manufacturing positions. Iowa’s low unemployment rate of 4.6 percent is the lowest since the recession began. While this bodes well for the economy in general, the state’s inability to fill advanced manufacturing positions to fuel business growth could throw some cold water on the continued recovery. Ten or 20 years ago, workers could generally land a job in a factory with a high school diploma or GED. The skills a worker needs in today’s advanced manufacturing environment are considerably more complex. These trades include...

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