to Share Insights on Hiring and Retention in a Shrinking Labor Pool
"We've got this huge labor shortage coming down the pipe, it was looming before the recession, and it's back on the track and headed right for us and that is going to create serious issues for hiring in the not so distant future," observes Katie Roth, Owner and President of PorticoHR, a West Des Moines employment placement agency.
"It will make it all that much more crucial to find the right person and retain them."
Roth, certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, brings nearly three decades experience in hiring and recruitment to the podium when she addresses these issues at the April edition of the Business Innovation Zone.
Discussing some common mistakes she
has witnessed over the years as well as some tips on finding and retaining the right people will be the core component of her
"From hiring on instinct, or failing to ask the right questions to not having good job descriptions or putting the right person in the wrong job, there are a number of traps companies tend to fall into," explains Roth
of errors that often lead to going through the whole process again when the hire does not work out.
Additionally, knowing how and where to look for the right person is a critical component to successful hiring in a shrinking labor pool she
contends, "I'm fond of telling people that the person you are looking for is very probably not looking for you."
"The other big issue that ties directly to this challenge is employee retention, after you have found the person who wasn't looking for you, how do you keep them," she
says of another issue on which she
intends to share insights.
Citing a recent article in Success Magazine she
shares that younger professionals tend to determine their long-term prospects with a company on the first day.
plans to share several activities that will enhance the probability of retaining good employees if executed early in their tenure.
The keys to retention have changed somewhat with the changing workforce demographics and Roth
admits that many of these retention steps are common sense, but the reality is businesses tend to ignore common sense in favor of long established ways of doing things.
"For instance," she
cites, "ninety-nine percent of companies start new employees on Monday, despite the fact that Monday morning is the worst time to introduce a new person into the workplace."
This former Vice President and shareholder of Merit Resources and one time regional finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award sponsored by Ernst & Young
, welcomes Human Resource professionals from large business concerns as well as fellow entrepreneurs to the presentation and encourages them to come with questions.
"Hiring good people is like looking for a needle in a haystack," she
remarks, "hopefully I can help people know where to look, and how to hold onto it when they find it."