BarryStaff Holds Successful Job Fair

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There were several unknowns.

BarryStaff opened its Springfield branch in 2015 and expectations for a job fair in mid-June were somewhat tempered. Did people know about the new office? If not, were they willing to find it?

There was nothing to worry about.

The job fair, held June 8, was more successful than BarryStaff ever imagined. More than 50 percent of the applicants interviewed were qualified to fill oft-needed positions at Clark County area companies.

One man, who said he saw advertisements for the job fair in the newspaper and on TV, said people are willing to do anything to work.

“I think (job fairs) are a good thing,” he said. “There are a lot of people who need jobs and there are a lot of good workers who aren’t working.”

Roughly 25 people interviewed over the span of a few hours.

BarryStaff is currently in the midst of planning another job fair, this time at the company’s headquarters in Dayton. Details will be released as plans are finalized.

How to be funny at work without being a fool

Four tips on office humor.

1. Respect the room

It’s one thing to crack wise when you’re in the company of people you know and trust. When you’re in a room with people you work with, it’s a different matter. Make sure they’re willing to laugh before you try to make them do it, McClellan says. “For me as a comedian, people are coming to hear my thoughts – that’s my arena to express myself. In the workplace, ultimately, people are there to work. Some folks don’t want to be social with you on that level– they want to say ‘Hello, good morning,’ and go do their job. If you’re trying to be funny, people often don’t want to hear that from people they work with – it’s out of bounds.”

2. Know your crowd

Good comedians gauge their audience. Office comedians should, too. “When you’re in a comedy club, you have to read the audience – what are they going to let me get away with? You have to do the same thing in an office.” And while it might sound a bit passé, the best barometer of that is often the women in the room. “If you can make the women in the room laugh,” McClellan says, “then everything’s A-OK.”

3. Keep it real

Stuck for material? Try the truth, McClellan says. “That’s one of the great things about [Louis] C.K. The truth wins out in the end. And I think that’s the line – if you can say something that’s humorous but also true at the exact same time, people will give you a lot more leeway.” There’s a caveat here, though: If what you believe to be true happens to coincide with subjects like ethnicity, religion or gender, it might be best to leave it unsaid.

4. Pick your spot

“A lot of times people want to be that ‘funny’ guy, and I don’t think there’s anything worse than someone trying to be funny, someone who’s constantly ‘on,’” McClellan says. “People like a joke and they like to laugh, but you have to pick your spots.” A good place to pick as a worker? Somewhere off-site and after-hours. “People are letting their hair down a little more– they’re not confined by the walls of their workplace, either physically or mentally.”

12 Employee Retention Facts That Will Keep You Up At Night

Employee retention has been a hot topic for Human Resources professionals and business owners for some time now. Concern over the subject has been growing and countless blogs, articles, and infographics have now been written across the web. Here is a list of employee retention facts all in one place:

Employee Retention Facts – Costs

  • The average cost of replacing an employee earning $8.10 per hour is roughly $3,500.
  • The cost of replacing middle level employees can be as high as 150% of their annual salary and high-level employees upwards of 400% of their annual salary.
  • Only 17% of organizations are aware of the direct costs of employee turnover, and only 9% know their indirect costs.
  • 45% percent of employers claim that millennials have the highest turnover rates in their company, costing them between $15,000 and $25,000.

Employee Retention Facts – Frequency

  • 2.5 million Americans quit their jobs every month.
  • The majority of all turnover– 52%, occurs in the first year of employment.
  • 25% of all employees plan to change jobs in 2016.
  • The average turnover for hourly employees is only four months, four times higher than their salaried counterparts.
  • Retail and food service jobs experience the highest turnover rates of any other industry.
  • The median number of years a U.S. worker has been in his or her current job is just 4.4, and just over 2 years for millennial employees.

Employee Retention Facts – Reasons for Leaving

  • The most commonly cited reasons for quitting are as follows: lack of opportunities for professional development (30%), inadequate compensation (28%), boredom/lack of challenge (27%), and poor work/life balance (20%).
  • For millennials, work life balance is even more important, as 89% feel that work-life balance is essential to happiness at work.