Ben Halfen, Adecco General Staffing
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Ben Halfen, branch manager, Adecco General Staffing.
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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The most challenging aspect of my job is driving performance within my recruiting team, which is especially challenging when the unemployment rate in Dane County is so low. Our business’ success depends on my recruiters ability to find many talented people to go to work for our clients. The most rewarding aspect of my job is placing people to work, often for higher pay and better benefits. We have found jobs for 300-plus individuals in 2016 alone!
2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I really admire my peers and friends within the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, of which I have been an ambassador for going on three years now. So many of my fellow ambassadors have talents and skills that I could only dream of having. They set the bar high for me, lead by example, and push me to be a better person and businessman each and every day.
3. What has been the high point of your career so far?
The high point of my career so far has to be when I was offered a chance to buy in as a co-owner of Weed Man Lawn Care, prior to my time working with Adecco. I had worked hard for the opportunity but didn't expect Weed Man to make me an offer like that. A close second is being chosen by a newly created young professionals board to be its first chairman.
4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Associate with good people, be yourself, know when to quit, have some emotional perspective, and, if you don't like the rules, make your own!