Talent Retention

Current Employees are the lifeline of our employers. Whether your company is seeking assistance with onboarding, compensation surveys, or employee coaching and support, our partners can help you with your employee retention efforts.

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    Hiring, training, and turning over employees are all expensive endeavors for your company. Experience can prove to be an invaluable resource that you may not want to dismiss too often. As such, it may prove instrumental to your company’s success to learn what makes your workers tick. 

    Think Outside The Box*

    • Total rewards are important, but money is not the only thing that attracts candidates and retains employees.
    • Turnover is costly. Make sure your existing employees know they are valued.
    • Focus on the total employee experience by providing personal and professional development and considering options for flexible work schedules.
    • Benefits are not one-size-fits-all. Employees have different needs. A la carte options are a way to help companies differentiate themselves, even by offering pet insurance.
    • Be clear on your business’s mission and culture.
    • Minimize the approval process with decision made by new hires. This will enhance trust.
    • Leverage your existing employees to share your story. Ask your existing employees to share why they like working for your company.
    • Share your employees’ stories in the recruitment process. Your existing employees are great advocates for your organization.
    *Source: RCEDC Employer Panel, July 9, 2019

    HR Roundtable

    Held quarterly, the Racine County HR Roundtable provides a forum for human resource professionals to network and share best practices to increase the success of talent retention, development and recruitment efforts. 

    Talent Resources News

    RCEDC partnered with local companies to develop, implement and manage a digital advertising campaign, targeting primarily qualified audiences in Northern Illinois. The campaign delivers messages of high quality of life and career opportunities with the goal of bringing more people to Racine County to meet the talent needs of our employers.

    As the Great Resignation puts retention at the top of everyone's to-do list, one thing employers may overlook is the importance of internal career growth. This workshop takes a holistic approach to meet both the needs of the individual as well as the needs of the organization.

    Professionals throughout southeast Wisconsin are invited to explore Eastern Racine County as part of the Greater Racine County Familiarization Tour.

    The Racine County Economic Corp. (RCEDC) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) launched a marketing campaign encouraging young professionals in the Chicago area to consider living and working in Wisconsin. According to Redfin's 2022 4th quarter search results, about 17% of home-seeking Chicagoans were looking to relocate to a new metro area. Lower cost of living, lower home prices, short commute times, and accessibility to Chicago and Milwaukee, has positioned Southeast Wisconsin as the ideal location for a majority of these home seekers.

    During this session, you will learn why engagement matters. Disengaged employees cost US companies more than $450 billion in productivity losses annually. Join RCEDC, RAMAC and Living As A Leader for this in-depth conversation as we uncover the importance of engagement and how you can assess and increase engagement levels at your company.

    Come and see how Gateway Technical College students stand out and learn how their hands-on career training has prepared them to meet employers' needs. The School of Manufacturing, Engineering and Information Technology is hosting six Reverse Career Fairs that will take place at various Gateway Technical College locations during the month of March.

    Professionals throughout southeast Wisconsin are invited to explore Racine County as part of the Spring 2023 Greater Racine County Familiarization Tour.

    The Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program is a state-funded grant program that provides employer-led worker training grants. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $400,000 per grantee.

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently awarded the Village of Waterford $250,000 as part of the Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant program. The grant will go towards construction of what will become the Waterford Lofts, located at 506 E Main Street.

    The Greater Racine County initiative was developed by the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) to showcase the abundance of opportunities available to those who decide to take root here. The GRC Newsletter highlights talent recruitment and retention resources as well as community promotion and examples of those who chose Racine County.

    Greater Racine County serves as a portal for those who decide to explore, work and take root in Racine County. From new housing development to the expanding opportunities in the manufacturing industry, discover the latest updates in the February 2022 GRC Newsletter!

    As a group of 18 institutions, HERA represents more than 140,000 students across southeastern Wisconsin who are key to driving our economy forward. However, finding and recruiting talent can be a challenge. To combat this, HERA established the Best Practices for Recruiting to share creative ideas on how employers can collaborate with and recruit from our region’s universities and colleges.


    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2023, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 64 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $1.36 billion in private investment and $1.05 billion in new construction.


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