Blog: Todd Palmer

Todd Palmer is our guest blogger this week. Todd founded Diversified Industrial Staffing, a company that provides staffing for manufacturing, construction and logistics businesses, and Diversified PEOple, a professional employer organization for small businesses. He sits on the board of directors for the Detroit Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization, and is a recent graduate of the Birthing of Giants class held at MIT. 

Check back each week day to read Todd's thoughts on keeping, identifying and attracting talent.

Post No. 5

This past week I've talked about the economic climate of the state and where it's headed, but now it's time for some advice. Any major transitions the state makes are going to be difficult on companies and workers alike, but there are some things people can do on both ends of the employment spectrum to help things transition more smoothly. 

For employers of all sizes, the key is keeping your employees happy. To attract and retain top candidates, companies need to go the extra mile for their workers. Staffing companies can help you find the right people, but it's up to the employers to keep them happy with their job. 

All of the research that I have reviewed indicates that employees don't leave a job for money—they leave because the either do not like their boss or feel unappreciated by the company they are working for.  I think that recognizing an employee's measurable contribution to an organization is KEY to creating a culture of recognition, as well as perpetuates a feeling of employee good will and loyalty. The typical big business answer of throwing more money at an employee to keep him or her happy is antiquated and outdated.  Both public and private recognition can go along way with an internal workforce. 

As for job seekers, the hard truth is your going to have to make some concessions, or risk becoming chronically unemployable.  Some people are less likely to take lower-paying jobs because they feel they are worth more. Those firmly grounded in Michigan will have to lose their sense of entitlement.  More and more companies are expecting people to do more for less, and smaller businesses cannot afford the legacy costs and large benefit packages previously offered by large employers.  The good news is, there is an under publicized shortage of skilled workers.  Michiganders have the legitimate option to seek re-education to improve upon their skill sets, allowing them to become more marketable in the local job market.  For those unwilling to change their mindsets, relocation is one option to consider, since the high paying low skill/semi skilled jobs aren't coming back anytime soon. 

We're going to have to work together, but we can make it through this economic storm and come out okay on the other side