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Jeff Kortes

“The C.R.A.P. Guy”
(Caring Respect Appreciation Praise)




Employee Retention Speaker & Recruitment Expert Jeff Kortes Helps Organizations Survive (and Thrive) In The New Workplace





Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations have people who will do anything for them while others have a revolving door of employee turnover? Those bosses and organizations that people want to follow give their employees lots of C.R.A.P. (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise)! Because Jeff is a headhunter—in addition to having 25 years in human resources leadership roles prior to starting his own company—he has insight into why some employees are loyal and others work only to get a paycheck. Jeff’s unique insight enables participants to leave his sessions with actionable steps to begin building employee loyalty and to drive employee retention in their department or organization.

Wondering how to attract - and retain - great talent? Jeff Kortes is an employee retention speaker and recruitment expert who lights up a crowd with his trademark humor and enthusiasm. A veteran HR professional, author of three books on employee retention, and one of the most influential voices in workplace trends, Jeff helps create focused, dedicated leaders who turn their organizations into "employee retention magnets!"

Wondering why Jeff says you should "Give Employees C.R.A.P®?"

What Can Jeff Do For You?


A employee retention speaker, Jeff’s presentations inspire audiences to take immediate action that strengthens their organizations’ workforces. Drawing on decades of front-line HR experience, Jeff speaks on employee retention, worker recruitment, workplace culture & the emerging generation. He can deliver one of his targeted programs, or customize one to fit your organization’s needs.


A veteran employee retention trainer, Jeff works with all types of businesses and organizations, large and small, to teach their leaders and teams how to attract and retain great talent. His employee retention and recruitment training programs are available in a variety of formats, from one-hour to multi-day training options.


A longstanding employee retention and recruitment expert, Jeff provides hands-on consulting for business and organizations on how to win the battle for talent, and keep their employees productive and engaged. Why have key workers stayed, or left? Jeff’s insight and analysis find the holes in workplace culture, and provide the solutions to fix them.

Jeff Will Take Your Event To The Next Level!

Whether it’s a keynote address before thousands of people, or an intimate workshop with a few senior executives, Jeff’s presentations educate and open eyes in a lively, engaging fashion. His shared ideas and insights will have people talking months afterward about what they learned.

Are you a C.R.A.P.py boss? Learn why you should be!

Download Jeff’s Top Questions Guide to learn why “the more C.R.A.P., the better!”

You’ll also get:

– Free biweekly recruitment and retention tips
– Updates from Jeff about podcasts, articles and more
– Exclusive access to more goodies (like this report)
– Insider tips, tricks and strategies to help you retain key employees    

C.R.A.P.® Others Are Saying About Jeff’s Employee Retention Programs…

Tom Schroeder

Owner –  Schroeder & Sons Renovations, LLC

It is a pleasure to work with Jeff. He is the consummate presenter/speaker and always engages his audience with relevant stories and insight. We have utilized Jeff’s C.R.A.P. Leadership program to train our management team. One of the best attributes of Jeff is his ability to customize his programs to best fit the needs of our organization.

Becky Schermer, ABD

Human Resources, Adult Education Professional

As the Co-Chair of Metro-Milwaukee Society for Human Resources Management, We invited Jeff to do a presentation on “No Nonsense Retention”. Jeff was excellent at engaging the Talent Acquisition professionals in the audience. I also admire Jeff for his diverse teaching style, depending on the audience. His style is energetic, enthusiastic and passionate. His knowledge brings him credibility, and gave our group some great strategies that we could take back to our workplace and implement immediately.

David Hildreth

Vistage Chair

“Perhaps, the best way to describe the impact he had on my Vistage group is best summarized by the comments that were made in the final evaluations of his program.  They were:”

Jeff is:

  • A straight shooter, tells it like it is and seems down to earth
  • He has walked in the shoes of that which he speaks about
  • He had some excellent suggestions that can be implemented right away and don’t cost anything other than thought and effort
  • It was very interactive with him asking us a lot of questions
  • There was real “takeaway” value
  • His delivery is clear and concise
  • He was an excellent story teller and weaved them into the material making it relatable
  • He has slides with very few words and doesn’t need any notes or a script- just speaks from experience
  • He has excellent materials and his book “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.” (Caring Respect Appreciation Praise) was a quick read (90 pages)***
  • ***All members were given his book during our previous meeting and asked to read it ahead of time
  • They  would highly recommend him to other groups

Linda Saron

Chief Operating Officer –  Oliver Companies

“Jeff put together a customized presentation for our General Managers and challenged our General Managers to do a better job at giving their team members C-R-A-P: Care, Respect, Appreciation, and Praise. His presentation was thoughtful and relevant, and he did a nice job tailoring his speech to our industry and organization. It was clear to me that he took the time to understand our organization and the specific challenges we face every day. Jeff’s presentation was given with candor and humor and was well received by the audience.”

Cliff Sanderson

Vice President of Human Resources, MEC

“Even with the unemployment rate that continues to decline, and a job market that continues to get hotter in Northenr MI, we have seen close to 80% reduction in turnover rate.  The recipe you outlined in your presentation is put into practical application every day, and as a result we’ve seen much improved morale and a worlforce that is genuinely engaged.”

Samantha Mendenhall

Director, Human Resources at PCI Pharma Services.

“We just completed our 5th training module with you and as always it has been a great success.  Your approach really works with our leadership group and delivers the messages they need to hear in a simple way they all can understand.

When we started working together we were focused on employee retention which for some areas of our business has been reduced by 50%.”

Check out Jeff’s blog for more tips and strategies!

A published employee retention author, Jeff blogs regularly on leadership lessons for a new workplace, cross-generational management strategies that work, and employee retention practices that get results. Read his blog and learn how to unleash the productive power of your employees!

Contact Info


Human Asset Mgmt LLC
P.O. Box 320294
Franklin, WI

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