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Continued: As economy gains, employers scramble to retain talent

  • Article by: FRANK WITSIL , Detroit Free Press
  • Last update: June 12, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Ari Kresch, CEO at 1-800-LAW-FIRM in Southfield, said employees “stay at places where they are happy.”

To help keep his lawyers content, he built an indoor office track. They use it to stay fit — and hold what he called walking conferences.

These days, the job market is so competitive even the experts who advise executives are having to offer more to keep employees.

Charlie Fleetham, the president of the small management consulting firm Project Innovations in Farmington Hills, Mich., said he recently granted an employee tuition reimbursement of about $1,200.

It was a small price to pay, he said, considering what it might cost to replace that person later.

Steve Barone, CEO of information technology company Creative Breakthroughs in Troy, said the business tries to create a culture where workers feel valued, get along and have fun. A few days ago, the employees decided to take a break and went to an amusement park to ride roller coasters.

Barone stressed that it’s important to hire workers at competitive pay and benefits and that helps keep them from leaving later.

“It’s deflating if you lose somebody because you thought you could save a dollar or two on them. So we don’t do that,” he said. “We treat them well when things are bad and good — and their career development is thought out and on track.”

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