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Jeff’s Employee Retention Keynotes and Programs

Employee Retention Programs that Drive Action … and Results!

Five Programs, Two Formats Each

Flexibility? Employee retention speaker and trainer Jeff Kortes offers it with his educational, entertaining programs and workshops.

Jeff has spoken to hundreds of organizations, in markets as diverse as health care and banking, to meat packing and metal fabrication. His no-nonsense approach applies to all, because they all have the same type of employees: human beings.

You pick the topic. Jeff will adapt it as a conference keynote, in-company training, or presentation to a trade or professional association.

Any of these programs can be presented as either a 75-minute program or a half-/full-day deep dive workshop. 

Before going any further, let’s explain…

Why does Jeff believe in C.R.A.P.?

(HINT: Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise)

Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…®

The Success Formula for Building Employee Loyalty

Why do some bosses have loyal staffs of long-term employees, while others are poster children for employee turnover? The answer is C.R.A.P. … and successful bosses know how to dish it out. Drawing on his extensive experience as a talent recruiter and HR leader, Jeff explains why some employees will run through a brick wall for their boss, while others would gladly throw their boss off a wall. Jeff’s lively, give-and-take program helps participants understand that the formula for employee loyalty is simple: Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®.

Jeff deciphers why some employees gladly go the extra mile for their supervisors … while others work only for a paycheck, and are out the door at 5 p.m. As a “headhunter” and human resources executive, he’s heard firsthand from candidates why bosses who give their people lots of C.R.A.P. can count on them when times get tough.

Drawing on his three-decades career, Jeff uses real-life stories and audience participation to help attendees understand the C.R.A.P. formula to driving employee loyalty and employee retention. His insight is unique, to say the least. Most importantly, participants leave with tangible ideas and action steps – ones they can implement immediately to strengthen employee loyalty and retention in their own organizations.

Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…®

and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention

Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into the mindset of employees who leave their jobs (or are contemplating doing so). Retaining talent is critical to staying competitive. Jeff’s humorous, real-life stories and interactive format show why the secret is C.R.A.P. – the more, the better!

Great employees don’t change jobs on a whim. Yet, when valued workers leave, do you ever really learn their reasons why?

If you did, wouldn’t this be invaluable for keeping your other key talent?

Jeff pulls back the curtain on why solid performers leave organizations, drawing on his three decades of experience in HR, recruiting, and as an employee retention speaker and trainer. The results might surprise you.

Frankly, most employers don’t give their workers enough C.R.A.P. (and yes, that’s a bad thing). Jeff explains why C.R.A.P. is so important, and shares other employee retention strategies that you can implement right away to keep your best people.

Through humorous, real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program that helps participants discover how to gain a competitive edge when trying to retain talent.

Be warned: You’ll hear real-life candid comments – ones they’d never share in an exit interview – from candidates whom Jeff has recruited as a “headhunter.” This unique perspective, shared in Jeff’s humorous and interactive presentation format, might spur you to take a critical look at your organization’s employee retention plan … and spot and fix gaps before more great people get away.

Jeff speaks at all size events, large and small!

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – It’s More than Just a Song

No one likes feeling disrespected. Yet, all too often, bosses and organizations disrespect their people without even knowing it. Could everyday interactions be sabotaging relationships with your employees?

You don’t mean to be disrespectful – of course not. You probably say “please” and “thank you” regularly. What more can you do? How could you be sending the wrong signals?

Through real-life stories and audience involvement, Jeff helps participants understand how to demonstrate respect in the workplace, and systematically build this essential pillar in employee loyalty, engagement and culture.

Think you’re not making inadvertent mistakes?

Think again. The boss-worker dynamic is fluid, and governed by the personalities involved.

You don’t necessarily need to like your workers (though it certainly helps). You do need to manage them, and direct their efforts toward achieving organizational goals.

Your employees might like you – or not. Either way, they can’t say so to your face … leaving them potentially sensitive to even the smallest perceived slight. How do you navigate this potential minefield?

Through his work as a “headhunter,” Jeff hears firsthand from candidates how bosses and organizations sometimes fail to respect their people. He shares stories – some almost unbelievable – about leaders’ missteps and fumbles. The damage to employee engagement, loyalty and culture is incalculable.

Jeff’s insight, coupled with his experience as an HR leader, coach, employee retention speaker and U.S. Army veteran, provide invaluable insight into how leaders can consistently demonstrate respect when working with their people. His presentation provides actionable steps that participants can implement immediately in their department or organization.

Building a culture of respect drives employee retention. Its building blocks, though, aren’t always obvious. Put them together correctly, and everyone in your organization will be singing along with the same tune.

No Thanks, I Took Another Offer

Your ideal candidate turned you down. Why? What happened? As an employee recruitment speaker, using his experience as a “headhunter” who has placed hundreds of candidates, Jeff explains why offers get rejected. His insightful, “behind the curtain” program explores eight main reasons why qualified candidates turn down job offers from seemingly highly-regarded organizations. Understanding the thoughts and reasoning of job candidates can lead to changes in your hiring process … and greater success in hiring.

Ever been left scratching your head over a great candidate rejecting what you thought was a great offer? It happens regularly … and few organizations ever decipher the “why.”

As a veteran “headhunter,” Jeff understands why candidates turn down offers. He provides insight into the thought processes of employees who decide to, or are contemplating, taking new jobs.

Jeff’s employee recruitment program explores the 8 reasons why qualified candidates turn down job offers from seemingly highly-regarded organizations. Sound familiar?

The key is to build “selling” into your recruitment strategy to create a competitive advantage. Like it or not, you’re selling your organization. Adopting a sales perspective is integral to attracting the best available talent.

Jeff shows you how, using real-life examples from his work as a recruiter and employee retention trainer and speaker. His program explains these key components:

  • Recognizing the need to have a cohesive recruitment strategy with “selling” as a key element
  • Preparing to advocate this approach internally to senior leadership and decision-makers
  • Understanding how to enhance your organization’s image in a fashion that both appeals to candidates and strengthens your brand
  • Grasping the “selling” techniques that appeal to “A-level” talent, and can tip a competitive decision in your favor

Making Millennials Great

Employers everywhere are scratching their heads over the newest workforce generation. The “millennials” are indeed different. They might be among the most mysterious, misunderstood groups ever. Well, it’s time to stop working around millennial employees … and start working with them. In fact, how about molding them into peak performers? Jeff Kortes’s “5 Pillars for Building the Next Generation” provides a blueprint. His newest live-action program offers real-world, hands-on direction for engaging this perplexing demographic.

What’s with these millennials? How do we get through to them?

Jeff’s not taking on this topic alone. He’s partnered with Randy Wilinski, a 30-something professional, to offer a generations-spanning perspective. As a manager, Randy has hired, fired and inspired millennials for a decade. Partnered with Jeff, their generational differences meld through humorous anecdotes, interactive role play and audience involvement.

You’ll learn how millennials think, how they’re motivated, and why they will (or won’t) go the extra mile. Most importantly, you’ll come away understanding the Five Pillars to building the millennial generation and unlocking its productive potential.

Like it or not, millennials are the future. Understanding the keys to millennial employee engagement, and retention, allows you to start shaping tomorrow’s leaders today.

No more head-scratching. No more avoiding the obvious. Jeff’s program bridges the generational divide … and provides the tools to mold millennials into masterpieces.

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Randy Westman

HR Manager – Johnson Machine Works, Inc.

I’ve worked with Jeff on some first line supervisor training we did at Johnson Machine Works. Like most places we tend to promote those with the greatest technical ability to supervisory positions. Periodically we feel it is necessary to “arm” these supervisor with the skills to handle personnel situations as they happen and Jeff’s training is perfect for that. Helping these supervisors learn to lead, communicate, motivate, praise and manage performance are critical to the success of their work crews.

Tina Hallis, Ph.D.

Speaker | Trainer | Author

“I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Jeff present on his “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P. and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention” at a local SHRM conference. He shared great insights into practical and helpful ways organizations can engage and retain their employees in a very fun an interactive way. As a previous HR professional, he had the stories and experience to bring his “secrets” to life and drive his points home. I would highly recommend Jeff to help your organization or team with their employee retention and engagement.

Kayley Cox

Human Resources Manager
Gardner Pie Co.

I first found Jeff Kortes while attending his C.R.A.P. break-out session at the Ohio SHRM Conference in September 2018. As Jeff began speaking, I immediately knew I would enjoy his presentation. Jeff included many personal stories and relevant work experiences throughout his presentation that really made his material relatable, personal, and genuine for me. He comes from a food manufacturing background and truly understands our struggles with employee retention and turnover. After hearing Jeff speak, I knew he would be perfect to facilitate an on-site Supervisor & Management training at work. The past year and a half has been a struggle to retain employees; this is not new to our industry or any other industry hiring. The need for our team to dig deeper and become proactive with both employee retention and turnover was crucial and needed immediate attention.

Jeff’s on-site training sessions reflected that same speaking style I heard during his break-out session in September. Between Jeff’s trainings, book, and famous CRAP coin, Supervisors & Managers jumped on board to demonstrate and practice his employee engagement philosophy of Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise. For the departments that truly embraced this philosophy, we have seen it positively impact our retention and turnover. Compared to this time last year, one department’s employee retention has improved by 121.33%!! It wasn’t easy, and the struggle isn’t over. Supervisors and Managers have to put the work in and maintain that CRAP philosophy to see change in their employees and culture. If you “give a CRAP,” the results and numbers will speak for themselves. “

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

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