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Recruitment & Retention

Axcet’s HR consultants help small businesses develop and implement recruiting and retention strategies, equipping them to find, attract and hire top talent.

Recruitment and Retention

Finding and hiring great employees who're a perfect fit is critical to the success of any business. We understand the whole process is daunting responsibility and full of nuance and risk!

Axcet’s HR consultants help small businesses develop and implement recruiting and retention strategies, equipping them to find, attract and hire top talent while relieving the associated headaches.

Thinking about outsourcing your talent acquisition and retention management? Reach out »

State-of-the-art applicant tracking system

Employee recruitment is a heavy lift. The right steps and decisions pay dividends for years. The wrong ones escalate the demands that already take up plenty of small business owners’ time.

When you begin looking for new employees, Axcet HR Solutions’ state-of-the-art applicant tracking system streamlines the search process and improves the candidate experience, increasing your company’s competitiveness. Through this free, easy-to-use platform, your open position automatically posts to 15 free job boards, including Indeed organic. You also have access to purchase ads on at least 20 more job boards with just a click of a button.

Employers can easily tailor the platform to their needs and, through a user-friendly dashboard, view submitted resumes and cover letters. Axcet provides customizable templates for email interview confirmations and other candidate correspondence. The system manages applications, moves candidates through the process, effectively maintains data and keeps job seekers informed in real time. It’s just one of many outsourced recruitment solutions Axcet offers to relieve the HR burden on smaller businesses.

Recruiting, hiring and retention strategy development

Axcet’s human resources consultants design employee recruiting approaches based on specific job needs, so clients don’t waste time and energy looking for candidates in all the wrong places.

We also develop hiring processes that encompass best practices for interviewing, onboarding and retention. These include non-discriminatory interview questions that also effectively evaluate skillsets and determine how a candidate will fit into a company’s culture and handle demands of the job.

From our work helping smaller Kansas City companies retain employees, Axcet understands that building and maintaining employee loyalty starts with accurate and thorough job descriptions and continues with positive onboarding experiences. After that, we help companies build on their strengths.

Axcet’s professionals are experts on all things HR, so you don’t have to be. Our insights help you proactively approach retention, revealing and addressing any issues, like non-compliant recruiting and hiring practices and ineffective managers, before they lead to costly turnover.

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Compliant job descriptions

Job descriptions that adeptly outline the essential duties and minimum requirements of specific roles within an organization help employers make hiring decisions, communicate clear expectations and defend wrongful termination claims.

But small business owners, simply because they don’t have HR expertise, sometimes create risks for themselves when drafting job postings and job descriptions. A common error is being unintentionally discriminatory. For example, a job listing that advises job seekers that a position requires them to sit all day when a standing desk could be an acceptable accommodation or discriminates against older workers by identifying the ideal applicant as a “recent college graduate” could run afoul of Americans with Disabilities Act or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requirements. If information about how much a job pays is included, companies must be mindful of Department of Labor wage and hour requirements.

The demands of and potential penalties associated with arduous Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) audits also may come into play in job description development. Employers should consult with Axcet, a proven HR consulting firm, to determine whether open positions will be exempt or non-exempt and to ensure the related job descriptions meet FLSA requirements based on required duties.

We know you have a lot on your mind as a business owner. It can be difficult to remember all of these details – or even be aware of them in the first place. Axcet’s outsourced HR services for recruitment give you a reliable resource to make sure your job descriptions are both compliant and compelling to the kinds of applicants you want to attract.

Interviewing questions and training

Discrimination in the prospective employee screening and selection process is surprisingly common. Treating every applicant equally, thereby preventing discrimination, is possible if you stick to a script.

Adopting standard questions and ensuring managers understand how to conduct interviews without using language that could be construed as harassing or discriminatory are keys to success in this area. The best approach is to ask consistent, legally compliant and relevant questions of all candidates.

Axcet’s outsourced recruitment solutions include designing questions to be asked during every interview and training owners and managers on the dos and don’ts of interviewing. All candidates should be held to the same standard, which can be accomplished while still getting the information about skillsets and qualifications you need to make a decision.

HR practices change frequently, so we help interviewers at smaller companies avoid asking inappropriate questions and feel more comfortable with the process overall.

Customized offer letters

Offer letters are not required by law, but employers commonly use them to officially invite candidates to join their organizations. You may be surprised to learn, however, that they can inadvertently constitute an enforceable employment contract if improperly worded.

Among the outsourced HR services for recruitment Axcet provides is template offer letters that position your organization favorably with job candidates while also limiting your legal exposure. We help you customize offer letters that maintain consistent, legal messaging for all prospective new employees. Letters can be loaded into our applicant tracking system to be sent and signed electronically.

A well-constructed offer letter should share the details candidates are most interested in knowing, such as pay information (worded carefully to avoid potential legal liability) and health benefits. And, because employers sometimes undersell themselves to job candidates, the letter should reinforce the attributes that make your company a good place to work. Our job as your HR consultant is make your offer letter work hard while also protecting you from risk.

Background check and drug testing resources

New hire background checks and pre-employment drug testing are not only safety precautions for employees – especially in industries like manufacturing where workers under the influence could hurt themselves and others – but also provide an extra layer of protection for you as the employer. Small businesses, however, often don’t know how to do an employee background check or drug screening on their own.

Through Axcet, smaller companies have access to multi-level drug testing and to screening services that can provide a thorough review of a prospective employee’s background, including:

  • Criminal records search,
  • Sex offender registry search,
  • Employment verification,
  • Education verification and
  • Other industry-specific components.

As a certified professional employer organization (CPEO), we streamline the process of looking into a candidate’s history and potential illicit habits with turnkey employee background check services and new employee drug testing through a laboratory – both of which are integrated into our applicant tracking system.

Serving as an objective third-party HR consultant, Axcet can evaluate the findings and help employers avoid discriminatory practices – or avoid hiring a questionable employee – based on those results.

Onboarding process development

A well-organized – and welcoming – employee onboarding process boosts your company’s retention rate. Beyond housekeeping tasks like paperwork and benefits enrollment, an introduction to your culture and core values and an overview of relevant policies and regulations creates a positive onboarding experience that sets your new employees up for long-term success.

Making employees feel valued as soon as they walk through the door can reaffirm their decision to accept your job offer and plant seeds of loyalty. Axcet helps you design an onboarding process for new hires that includes all the little details that should happen on day one, from providing parking protocols, key codes or ID badges to arranging for a co-worker to make introductions and taking the new associate to lunch.

The employee’s integration into the company should not stop after the first day or after the first week on the job. The most effective new employee onboarding process, which should be standardized and followed every time you hire, includes best practices such as ongoing safety and HR training and periodic check-ins during the first 90 days to make sure the new team member feels supported.

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Turning our admin, payroll, benefits, 401K, workers' compensation, etc., over to Axcet HR has been one of the best decisions that we've ever made: that was back in 2001! We've had 21 great years with Axcet and hope to have 21 more! Axcet has saved us time and LOTS of money but most of all, Axcet HR has allowed us to focus on running our business...because we know, day in, and day out that Axcet has our back!

Bob G.

Owner, B2B Services Company

As a start-up, Axcet's HR solutions have been an integral partner in guiding us through several key business necessities and requirements. They have been very helpful in core functions including recruiting, 401k setup, employee onboarding, benefits enrollment, payroll and various compliance training for our employees. We've gained business momentum as a result of Axcet's team of dedicated professionals.

Andrew C.

Chief Growth Officer, Technology Company

Axcet has helped us find affordable benefits for our 15 employees. Being a small firm, it was hard to find various health insurance options. It is nice knowing that we have someone with HR knowledge. It is good to get another persons opinion when we are having employee issues.

Michelle W.

Controller, Engineering Firm

Axcet's professionalism and knowledge is a definite asset for our company. They have saved me so many hours in Payroll, HR, Benefits and Workers Comp. There is no way for me to keep up on Human Resources! I praise their staff highly! ...Axcet KNOWS Customer Service!

Anna H.

Owner, Car Dealership

Axcet has been so helpful and professional in answering questions that I have for payroll processing. My payroll administrator is so prompt in replying to emails. He is really easy to work with and is so knowledgeable. Our Human Resources Consultant is professional and personable. I have great confidence in Axcet and have never hesitated in contacting them for questions or clarification.

Mandy C.

Non-Profit Ministry

Axcet HR has help lesson our burden in all aspects of payroll, HR, safety and our 401K. When an employee comes to one of us with a situation. All we do is point them to our Axcet administrator and or payroll administrator and the issue gets resolved. It has been a great relationship.

Rick B.

Electrical Services Company

I burned through a couple of "payroll companies" before I found Axcet. I have yet to encounter anyone at this company that hasn't been friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Calls are returned amazingly fast and problems are solved without having to make any other calls. This is truly a great company and stellar business partner!

Nita C.

Owner, Medical Industry Company

With all the changing rules and regulations we face as employers, I was always afraid of a "Gotcha!" moment. We've been with Axcet over 10 years now and I sleep well at night knowing all our HR is done right. They make it all so easy. Our payroll is accurate, we are legal and OSHA compliant in every area, and my employees love their benefits. Our team at Axcet is more than just a good vendor, they are a great partner!

Bruce H.

Founder & CEO, Services Company

My faith in Axcet's expertise has always been off the charts. It has been so nice to just be able to pick up the phone and ask questions. Simple to complex ... they can do all of it! Axcet has allowed us to offer an extensive benefits package to our Teammates which has been an added bonus. Axcet is not only part of our Team but we consider them part of our Family! We are one of Axcet's many fans. No regrets since day one and we wouldn't change a thing!

Moira V.

Small Business Owner

Axcet handles all of payroll, HR and benefits needs. As a non-profit, it's great to have Axcet as a partner to provide all of the employee benefits and HR support that I need so our staff can focus on the core mission of our organization! They have helped me with hiring, navigating benefits enrollment to get our employees the best rates possible, as well as navigating possible employee related tax credits. I love our Axcet team!

Emily D.

CEO, a Kansas City Non-profit

We had tried two other PEOs. Both of which we left after the first year. The level of service that we were accustomed to with Axcet was not there, so we came back to Axcet truly because of the excellent service we always received. Everyone at Axcet would make us feel like we were their only client, like they were sitting there waiting for our call, always friendly and ready to help. 

Lisa C.

VP of Finance, Kansas City Financial Institution

We started working with Axcet in 2018 and they have dramatically increased our internal productivity. We used to spend hours on payroll, HR, benefits, taxes, etc. each week and that is no longer the case. Prior to Axcet, we worked with two other payroll companies and is was a complete mess. Working with Axcet is like having a robust and efficient internal HR department. They have solutions to every problem and we no longer feel lost trying to navigate the payroll landscape. If you want to streamline your business and get out of the HR and payroll weeds, then go with Axcet.

Peyton W.

Owner, Recruitment Firm

Thank you Axcet HR for your assistance with the employee issue. You justified every penny we pay to Axcet through this exercise. I am really glad we have you and Axcet as a resource. It gave me peace of mind, knowing that you would know how to handle these situations the correct way. I really appreciate all the effort put into this to help me stay on course and protect our company.

Mark S.

President, B2B Company
Sherri Senior Human Resources Consultant at Axcet HR, Kansas City

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The cost of a bad hire can be significant, often reaching as much as 30% of their salary. By relying on our HR experts, you can save your business thousands of dollars and avoid the costly mistakes that can come with an uninformed hiring process.

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