Oklahoma City (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 - For employees of Marian, Inc., a components manufacturer in Indianapolis, it’s not uncommon to be served lunch by their bosses. In fact, it’s a monthly occurrence, and the executives of Marian are happy to play chef. But, they don’t just serve the meals; they prepare them for their 130 employees. It’s just one part of their strategy for maintaining a positive work environment.
Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, surveyed businesses and clients across the country to learn how innovative businesses are taking action to stay competitive in today’s economy, while fostering a happy and productive workforce. Today, Express released the results on the strategies and tactics the companies shared.
Businesses reported innovative ideas focused on three main goals:
Examples of ideas to develop a skilled workforce:
Examples of ideas to improve access to healthcare include:
Examples of ideas to foster a positive work environment:
"To stay competitive in today’s economy, businesses must be willing to think outside the box. Sometimes that means breaking with traditional business practices," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "Even though unemployment has been high, many companies can’t find the right workers—so it’s in a company’s best interest to foster a good work environment and to invest in developing a more skilled workforce.
"Rising healthcare costs are another challenge facing America’s employers and employees. Companies that can find ways to reduce those costs – either for their employees or other companies – will do well. I’m proud to see so many of our Express clients doing innovative things that strengthen their businesses as well as their local economies."
Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has 675 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 5 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in temporary sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, and ranks as the largest privately held staffing agency in the United States. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.
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