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Jeff  Kortes

Jeff Kortes

“Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®” (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise)

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Jeff Kortes

“Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®” (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise)

In-Person Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
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Why Book

  • Former Board Member-National Speakers Association Wisconsin.
  • Developed employee retention strategies in manufacturing, construction, hospitality industries and software/high tech industries.
  • His “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®” (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) approach to building employee retention/loyalty has resulted in 50-80% reductions in employee turnover for his clients.

Biography

Jeff Kortes is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, a human resource consulting firm specializing in talent acquisition, employee retention, leadership development, employee engagement and culture building.  He is a skilled speaker, facilitator and trainer who energizes and engages participants. His trademarked “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®” (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) approach to building employee retention/loyalty has resulted in 50-80% reductions in employee turnover for his clients.

Jeff has 25 years experience in human resources and labor relations.  His exposure to both private and public sector organizations has been obtained while functioning in manufacturing, construction, municipal government, and high-tech environments.  He has held human resources leadership roles at SPX, Midas International, ConAgra, Inc., American Crystal Sugar, and the City of Franklin, Wisconsin.  A sample of his accomplishments include: 

• Built culture to retain and engage intellectual capital in highly competitive software development organization.

• Developed employee retention strategies in manufacturing, construction, hospitality industries and software/high tech industries.

• Drove multiple culture change efforts in both union free and unionized environments as an HR leader.

• Author of two books on employee retention and leadership.

• Designed, marketed, and delivered trademarked leadership series.

• Designed and implemented focused recruitment and retention strategies to enable his clients to compete in the war for talent.

• Established continuous improvement processes and high-performance work systems.

• Developed multiple labor/management partnerships designed to focus the energies of the parties involved on remaining competitive in global markets.

• Negotiated 50+ labor agreements in both the private and public sectors.

Education

• M.S.A. Human Resources, Central Michigan University

• B.S. Business Administration, Marquette University

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

• Currently holds the designation as Professional Speaker from the National Speakers Association 

• Former Board Member-National Speakers Association Wisconsin

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Programs

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.

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.

Jeff Kortes Reviews

“Jeff is an excellent HR professional. Not only is Jeff effective in the area of recruiting, but also in employee relations. Jeff differentiates himself by really making himself part of the organization. He communicates frequently to really dial in the needs of a hiring manager, seeks continuous feedback, and follows up to ensure a successful hiring fit has been made. And he offers counsel on training, motivation, and retention. Working with Jeff is a relationship built for life!“

— ENTERPRISE IMAGING AND HEALTHCARE IT SOLUTIONS

“I have worked with Jeff on a number of executive level searches. Jeff is an extremely competent recruiter. He is very knowledgable and very capable. He takes the time to understand the needs of both the candidates and clients…developing a great rapport. I highly recommend Jeff, he is very passionate about recruiting and this shows in his ability to find and place top level executives.“

— PRIME RECRUITING SOLUTIONS LLC

“It’s been great working with someone who truly understands the HR industry and the process of hiring key personnel. If you’re looking for someone with a No Nonsense/Honest Approach to any of you Professional or Technical needs, Jeff if your man! It seems to be getting harder and harder to find people like Jeff within the Recruiting/Executive search industry, which is why it’s been such a pleasure working with him. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Jeff and Human Asset Management.“

— SALES – INDUSTRIAL DIVISION AT GRAYBAR

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