What company would know more about finding and keeping talented employees than an Inc. 500 company? Fast growth and hiring frenzies are the norm for most of the businesses that have made it onto Inc. magazine's annual list of the fastest-growing privately held U.S. companies. It seems that no recruiting and retention task is too big for these businesses -- from adding two employees a day for two years straight to luring top executives away from corporate giants to turning around dismal turnover rates.
What are their best secrets? Learn from the triumphs of former Inc. 500 companies -- and their failures -- in this Inc. 500 guide to recruiting and retention.
The companies featured in this guide are all alumni of the Inc. 500 list; you can find out more about them -- and the year or years they were on the Inc. 500 -- in our Inc. 500 database.
- Master Networkers
- InfoPros acquires employees and clients through relentless networking and community involvement
- Hey, Look Us Over
- Attracting top tech people to a small city isn't as daunting as you might expect.
- The People Chase
- The CEO of Signal Corp. talks about successfully recruiting employees a tight labor market. His suggestions include conducting interviews on weekends and filling out paperwork for applicants.
- Take a look at how several Inc. 500 companies developed candidate screening procedures and interview questions to ensure that new recruits are a good fit.
- Looking for a new way to motivate employees? Here's a sampling of the perks several Inc. 500 companies have used to lure and retain staff.
- Once Bitten
- After investment bank Leerink Swann & Co. suffered the consequences of a bad hire made by its executive search firm, it now puts prospective recruiters through a rigorous test.
- Employment Guaranteed, for Life
- Are layoffs simply a necessary evil in today's business climate? This company's founding fathers don't think so. And they've built a culture to reflect that.
- Keeping It Flexible
- Imagine a workplace where employees decide how many days a week they'll work and how many weeks of vacation they'll take each year.
- How Can I Keep my Employees?
- This CEO had lost about 20% of his workforce in one year. Here's how he tackled the turnover trouble and hit #2 on the 1998 Inc. 500 list.
- A Path for Employee Growth
- The CEO of this consulting firm has grown his company by allowing his employees to grow with it.
- Redesign Work
- Rick Born, the CEO of Born Information Services, designed his company with employee retention in mind. Here's why this company looks so different from his competitors' -- and from yours.