The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

July 30, 2014

Innovative Approaches to Turnover for Managers

The stay interview is just one of many ways an employer can combat voluntary turnover, according to Talent Management expert Dr. John Sullivan. This week, he published an outstanding catalogue of nine additional approaches in his ERE article “Retention – The Top 10 Ways a Manager can Identify Who is About to Quit.”

March 10, 2014

Detect an Impending Resignation: Five Employee Qualities to Watch

exit-resignationAn employee resignation is rarely a pleasant occurrence. There are some definitive warning signs that can arm an employer with a head start on filling the vacancy or, if deemed appropriate, engage the employee in an attempt to change his or her mind. Here are five characteristics you will typically notice in an employee who’s getting ready to look elsewhere or is actively interviewing for new positions.

November 15, 2013

Speak Up, Say “Thank You”: The Art of Employee Feedback

Thank You
This time of year keeps us conscious of the importance of showing gratitude – a cue from which our professional lives are certainly not exempt. It’s only fitting during Thanksgiving, then, to emphasize the significance of saying “thank you” by delivering valuable feedback to employees.

August 21, 2013

Low Employee Engagement: More than Just Job Dissatisfaction


Earlier this summer, Gallup’s State of the American Workplace declared that 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged in their jobs. Following the report’s publication, the statistic received extensive press coverage, perhaps with insufficient acknowledgement of its alarming implications.  The many corresponding news headlines, which mostly condensed the Gallup study’s principal finding to statements about the majority of workers “hating their jobs,” make the figure seem trivial without further investigation.

May 22, 2013

The Employer Branding Advantage

The promotion of a compelling employer brand has become vital to profitability. Employer branding refers to the expression of a company’s unique attributes as applicable to both prospective and current employees. Like that for the branding of a product or service, the intent of employer branding is to appeal to a targeted audience and motivate them to take action.

February 13, 2013

Maintain Motivation Among Your Temporary Staff

Are you a manager tasked with the oversight of temporary staff? Perhaps you are apprehensive about how to motivate professionals who will only be under your supervision for a limited time. In particular, you might be concerned about temporary employees’ loyalty to the business, timely project completion or compatibility with a close-knit group of colleagues.