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April 30, 2004


UW-RF SBDC Offers Hiring, Employee Retention Seminar

A new seminar, "Stop the Revolving Door—Hiring and Employee Retention," is being offered by Diane Nelson of Tandem Solutions Group through the Small Business Development Center at UW-River Falls on Tuesday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 320, South Hall. The course fee is $69.

Nelson, a performance development consultant, will share an in-depth look at motivation and reducing employee turnover. Retaining employees is a continuous challenge, and Nelson will share innovative ideas and solutions to assist companies in breaking through the cycle of hiring, training, and terminating.

"The seminar will provide ideas on how to create an environment that makes employees want to stay," says Nelson. "It's not always about money. Recognition programs, feeling valued and the employees' senses of worth to their employers are all factors in motivation."

Nelson will highlight methods for transitioning and recognizing employees as stakeholders, designing powerful orientation, training and follow-up programs, writing excellent job descriptions, defining the generational values of employees, giving dynamic employee reviews, and designing company motivational plans.

Nelson, who provides human resources counseling to small businesses, brings a wealth of knowledge in motivating employees. As a manager of various departments in large firms, Nelson decreased the high turnover rate with solid techniques in motivation, team-building and hiring tactics.

As a consultant with Tandem Solutions Group, Nelson offers a suite of services for small businesses. Her specialized training programs, offered in-house and off-site, cover many of today’s business issues. A River Falls, Wis. resident, Nelson consults with businesses to develop strategic plans ranging from business, budget, disaster recovery and telecommunications. She provides feasibility studies and research, along with marketing and public relations planning.

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