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on October 17, 2017

Poultry processor sees success renovating hiring process

Human resource manager for poultry processer shares how his company finds valuable employees in changing, challenging times

“There is a labor shortage in our industry,” said Phil Stroud, vice president of people services at Tip Top Poultry, Inc. in May 2017 at USPOULTRY’s Poultry Processor Workshop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Even with a fear of deportation for some there are 854,000 fewer unemployed, but the competition for workers is fierce, Stroud explained.

Read the entire report about Tip Top Poultry's successful hiring process in the October issue of WATT PoultryUSA.

Stroud shared the challenges Tip Top Poultry has faced and how the company changed its tactics when it comes to recruiting, retention, technology and improving profits. Tip Top has been using the internet as part of their application process for less than a year. However, in that short amount of time it has required a total renovation of their human resources department. “We have to spend less time with walk ins and more time on the web and our social media accounts,” he said.

Businesses are responding to new presidency with almost a million more people employed, and companies have fewer people to choose from, Stroud explained. “I’d even take it one step further and say not only do you have fewer people to choose from but in some places you have people that just don’t want to work because they have employee insurance and government benefits,” he said.

This creates competition within the industry to find valuable employees. The shortage results in an increase in turnover, lower productivity due to constant training, increased workers compensation due to new hire injuries, and potentially other issues, Stroud explained.

Internet – changing the game in recruiting and retention

With modern technology making the internet readily available to people at almost all times, companies need to be aware of what is being said about them online. With or without money, people find a way to have phones, Stroud explained. “Ninety one percent of U.S. citizens have a mobile device with them 24/7,” he said quoting Morgan Stanley with HubSpot.

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