Wells now offers a $5,000 signing bonus for positions such as machine operators, supervisors and maintenance technicians. In addition, employees who refer applicant names who are later hired are eligible for a raffle drawing, with monthly prizes such as $100 gift cards, front row parking and a UTV and trailer.
To make the application process easier, Wells has a recruitment office at a strip mall in Sioux City, where prospective applicants can walk in and apply for jobs and learn more about the company.
Hy-Vee, which operates several stores in Siouxland, has implemented new employee benefits that include a 10 percent employee discount on groceries, holiday pay, employee appreciation bonuses, enhanced 401(k), part-time insurance and tuition assistance, said Mike Haiar, Hy-Vee Sioux City district store director.
A spokeswoman for Tyson Foods, the largest employer in metro Sioux City, with over 4,500 employees, did not say if the meat company has been experiencing problems filling positions. But Liz Croston, executive communications manager, said Tyson offers a variety of benefits, which include increased pay, referral and signing bonuses, flexible scheduling, health and wellness centers.
Brad Newton said wages in Siouxland are more than competitive, compared to similar jobs in other parts of the country.
“Work schedule flexibility seems to be something many employers are exploring,” he said. “Many employers also seem more willing to consider candidates that might not be a perfect match for the job description because they will train new hires in-house.”
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