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Wes Burke

Wes joined Alchemy in 2014 as the Director of Human Resources. He brings a strong retail background with expertise in talent management, employee engagement, and leadership development. Prior to joining the Alchemy team, Wes worked for Target Corporation, supporting 12,000 team members across stores in South Texas. He served in a several leadership roles at Target, including Training and Development, Human Resources, and Store Operations. Prior to Target, Wes worked for Atlanta based retailer Floor & Décor, in a variety of roles that spanned, Human Resources, IT, Finance, and Store Operations. He received his BBA in Human Resources from Sam Houston State University.
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Recent Posts

Alchemy Earns Top Workplace Honor 4th Year in a Row

Posted by Wes Burke

Nov 5 2017
Nov 5 2017

We’re excited to announce that Alchemy has won a spot on the highly coveted Austin American-Statesman Top Workplaces list for the fourth year in a row! The Statesman chooses the best places to work in Austin based on data from anonymous surveys sent to current employees at eligible companies. With 140 Alchemists at our Austin headquarters (and 300 total across U.S. and Canada), Alchemy competed in the medium-sized company category.

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Topics: Austin Headquarters, Awards

Managing the High Cost of Turnover – Perspectives from 2015 NAMI Outlook Conference

Posted by Wes Burke

Nov 18 2015
Nov 18 2015

I recently had the opportunity to spend time in our nation’s capital with many prominent leaders from the meat industry at the North American Meat Institute Outlook Conference. One area of focus for the conference was helping attendees understand the future of labor in the meat industry.

Did you know the average cost of turnover for a firm of 100 employees exceeds $400,000 per year?! Because of the impact, the Meat Institute welcomed us to share data from Alchemy’s Mind of the Food Worker Survey (#MOFWstudy). My presentation featured strategies that encompass employee total well-being using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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Topics: Operations

Rules of Engagement: How to Create a Culture of Productivity

Posted by Wes Burke

Oct 20 2015
Oct 20 2015

A recent Gallup poll showed that over 77% of manufacturing workers are disengaged in their work. This disengagement directly affects safety, quality, yield, and productivity in your organization. Additionally, the estimated cost of turnover for a firm of 100 employees creeps up on $500,000 annually. So, it's more crucial than ever for companies to learn how to positively influence employee behaviors and attitudes. 

To be successful, companies must understand how front-line workers learn, what motivates them to follow safety procedures, and how they best engage with supervisors and managers to build and maintain a culture that allows for continuous improvement. 

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Topics: Operations