Nationally talent has risen to becoming a top concern among employers. Our members have cited it; site selectors report that talent availability is now the #1 site location decision making factor; and according to a new report from The Conference Board, CEOs across the country are expressing more optimism about the global economy but rank attracting and retaining talent as their foremost concern.
With this challenge in mind, approximately 100 area business leaders got together to hear from five local businesses about successful steps they’ve taken to fill their workforce pipeline. Representatives from Deere & Co., Shive Hattery, Bush Construction, Genesis Systems Groups and Mickle Communications talked about recruitment, internships and corporate culture, and key takeaways included:
- Start recruiting and educating early – as early as middle school – to educate kids about your industry and career paths available.
- Create career paths within your organization so your employees can see what growth opportunities are available and what it takes to get to the next step.
- Develop a great corporate culture. Panelists referenced the importance of talking not just about what your business does, but how it makes an impact and why the work is important.
- Offer benefits such as flexible work arrangements, fitness reimbursements or onsite workout facilitates.
- Get creative! One panelist discussed contract positions to fill specific roles as a way to attract talent that doesn’t want to be tied to a single career.
- Interns are a vital part of a talent recruitment strategy, and panelists stressed the importance of having a defined plan for what your interns will do and giving them quality, challenging work.
Employers showcase potential career opportunities in the Quad Cities, but in making the decision of where to live after college graduation, interns also want to know about the community. That’s where the Chamber’s program, InternQC comes in. InternQC is a summer-long program that exposes interns to what the Quad Cities has to offer, from sports and recreation to arts and culture, politics and volunteerism. Learn more about InternQC here.
Interested in employing interns and not sure where to start? Take a look at the new Internship Resource Guide developed through a collaboration between Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University, Q2030 and the Quad Cities Chamber.