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Tri-State businesses learning new ways to improve employee retention

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Hiring new employees and keeping them are challenges in today's professional environment.

Many Tri-State businesses are struggling to hire and keep new employees so they're trying to do something about it.

Knapheide Vice President of Operations Chris Russell said they lost some employees when the pandemic first started.

Russell said he thinks unemployment benefits likely caused people to not apply to jobs during the pandemic, and he wants to do everything he can to better the company's hiring strategy. It's a plan that is only just beginning.

We wanted to learn are there new creative ways we can advertise, what can we do to show people that Knapheide is a great place to work, that they can have a long successful career there and additionally once they show up, what can we do to keep them there and keep the employees happy?" Russell said.

IMEC Technical Specialist Glenn Edwards said he's seen many employers struggle to hire and keep employees.

He said creating a strategic plan for workforce retention will help business leaders keep employees much longer.

"We try to encourage leaders to have a strategic plan on their workforce, similar as they do with other elements to their business. So that strategic plan would involve how are we gonna hire and acquire people, how are they gonna retain them and develop them and strengthen their workforce," Edwards said.

Russell said he wants to reinforce the culture at Knapheide and strengthen their leaders so that they can take care of their employees in the best way possible.

Knapheide is currently hiring, and you can find their available positions here.

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Rebecca Duffy

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