Low unemployment rate pushes companies to change hiring strategies

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With some of the lowest unemployment rates in at least 30 years, some area staffing companies say employers will have to make some changes when it comes to hiring.

“We’re seeing it continue to drop, which is fantastic for the economy, but it’s very hard with our positions as employers to fill unfilled positions,” says says Stephanie May, Branch Team Leader at SEEK Careers/Staffing in Eau Claire.

‘Now Hiring’ signs are popping up on businesses and stores in our area and throughout the state, so some employers are adjusting to new hiring strategies.

SEEK Careers/Staffing in Eau Claire says opening up communication with community organizations is a great start to finding employees.

“There are a lot of community partners in the area,” says May. “Workforce Resource, The Job Center, some of the shelters in food pantries, to help them funnel people to us and we share people with them as well.”

Similarly, Manpower, another staffing agency in Eau Claire, is encouraging employers to tap into non-traditional candidate pools.

“Whether that is retaining retirees as a happy returns program, whether it is partnering with your Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to welcome in and include individuals with disabilities, or veteran programs,” says Lisa Fiore, COO with Manpower.

While the current unemployment rate is lowering the amount of job candidates, both agencies still stress the importance of finding a good fit for both the employer and the employee.

“I have seen that flexibility with scheduling, where before it was, ‘This is our schedule, take it or leave it,’ and that's not the case anymore,” says May.

“From in employer standpoint it’s not about accepting less, but it’s recognizing the best in everyone, and kind of working with the rest,” says Fiore.

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