Hiring to Retain

Hiring the wrong employee with sink your business; learn how to hire and onboard to increase morale and decrease turnover


Too often, managers look at the hiring process from a technical standpoint. Yet behavioral fit is just as important – if not more so. Hiring a staff member who does not fit behaviorally can slow down your whole team and lead to high financial and time costs in the form of rehiring and retraining new team members.

Following the COVID pandemic, employees are quitting their jobs at record levels – more people are resigning now than have at any time in the past fifteen years. The best way to avoid this kind of “mass resignation” is to hire and onboard well – get the right people and they’ll stay for a lot longer. Wilcox Consulting works with teams and leaders to improve hiring, retention, and employee engagement. The right people, with the right motivation and understanding of your business can not only save you money when you retain them, but they can also give you a competitive advantage with their passion and commitment.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • how to identify the ideal team member
  • to identify which questions you can ask during an interview to bring the right people on board
  • uncommon interviewing tips to help you make the right hire more often
  • the necessity of optimizing the new-hire’s onboarding process to help shape them into the kind of employee you want them to be

You will leave this session with multiple tools at your disposal to help you hire and onboard your new employees – these skills will decrease your turnover and turn your company into a desired place to work – giving you less time spent hiring, and more time making money.


Location: Online (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants the day before the class) 

Date: November 3, 2021  

Schedule: 1:30 – 3:00 pm 

Fee:  This $99 course is being offered at no cost due to the generosity of the presenter 

Or call 608-262-3909 to register. 

Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration; you must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register. 

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations. 



zak wilcoxZac Wilcox 

Founder of Wilcox Consulting, has over fifteen years of experience in leadership roles across a variety of sectors. The majority of his career before founding this firm was spent in the not-for-profit sector. During that time he developed key skills in leadership development and organizational effectiveness that helped him make a transition into consulting. He has hired over 200 team members across his career and was also responsible for onboarding most of those employees as well. Zac draws from both his successes and failures as he consults with companies around building effective, aligned, and cohesive teams, while helping them hire, onboard, and promote the right people.