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Next Generation: Maggie Shea, building a vibrant culture at StaffBuffalo

The next generation of behind-the-scenes movers and shakers is rising up with fresh passion, bounding energy and unbridled drive — without them, the "new Buffalo" wouldn't have begun to take hold. Whether they're shepherding along the Queen City's entrepreneurs, reimagining what it means to be a full-service marketing agency or coming up with creative ways to match superstar workers with the companies that need and deserve them, the next generation of leaders in their fields is coming up fast. Here is a look at one such standout; click here to see more.

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Maggie Shea started StaffBuffalo in 2015 after the recruiting firm she was managing had a leadership shift, drastically changing its office culture. In her own venture, building a vibrant culture was a priority for Shea.

Employees are required to stay home when they're sick and are welcome to bring their pets to work. Workers are encouraged to volunteer, network and join boards on company time.

The approach has paid off.

Not only does the office environment help Shea retain top talent, it helps her employees build relationships in the community that are vital to their jobs. In this tight job market, StaffBuffalo is tasked with finding the best workers for its employer clients. Often, those workers are already employed, so socializing and volunteering alongside other people in the business community is the best way to find them.

Shea also teaches employers how to make their workplaces more attractive to potential employees.

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