Manufacturers in Wisconsin are using various strategies to attract and retain talent such as increasing wages, offering more workplace flexibility and creating new positions dedicated to keeping workers onboard.

Speaking at the WMC Foundation’s Future Wisconsin Summit in Madison, Greenheck Chief Human Resources Officer Carrie Strobel said the Schofield-based company recently hired a retention coordinator to reduce turnover in its production team. Greenheck produces air control and air conditioning equipment.

She explained most of that turnover is seen in the first 60 to 90 days after someone is hired, but “once we get them past that hurdle, they’re with us.” Starting with several positions, the retention coordinator will meet with every employee in the cohort once a week for 30 minutes over the first four weeks. Those visits will be spaced out more as the new hire settles in, focusing on things like attendance and sick leave policy.

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