By J.D. Booth
Oct. 4, 2012
“Good people are hard to find."
There's a reason sayings like this become part of our culture. It's because, good times or challenging, attracting and retaining the very best people is one of those distinctly challenging skills that will always remain in the crosshairs of management.
It's just something that takes an extraordinary and ongoing attention to detail.
Still, there are those exceptional companies that seem to do a particularly good job at bringing in new talent and keeping and developing the people they already have.
Consider these examples:
Angott Search Group is led by Mark Angott, who seeks to actively engage his workforce through social media tools as well as encouraging telecommuting. Angott also focuses on hiring based on the firm's core values, including enthusiasm, confidence, honesty and commitment.
Jeff Styers, who runs Arrow Strategies, says listening is an important reason his firm is so successful. "We want to ensure their success with Arrow Strategies and have found through best practice that the first 30 to 45 days of their employment is the most valuable time to engage them to ensure long-term retention," notes Styers.
One of the more common traits we discovered by looking at this year's crop of winners is a continued emphasis on work-life balance.
Such is the case with companies like Ryan LLC, a tax consultancy with Brint Ryan at the helm.
"You cannot receive the very best business results, unless you have happy, productive and enthusiastic employees. We do everything we can to build an organization and implement innovative programs that encourage employees to be productive and focus on work-life success."
There are, quite literally, dozens more firms like Angott, Arrow and Ryan on our list. We call them Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. And we think you will too.
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