Tapping into Talent

The Weekly Report – January 16, 2023
In her upcoming workshop, talent and leadership development expert Nicole Lian will show employers the keys to retaining great workers in today’s challenging employment climate.

Minnesota’s labor market remains tight, and that means employers need to take every step they can to attract and retain the best workers. For companies working to fill vacancies, develop existing employees and create a workplace environment their employees rave about, Nicole Lian’s manufacturing workshop, “Insights and Strategies for Employee Retention” is a perfect fit.

With the state’s unemployment rate at just 2.3% with 14 consecutive months of employment growth, employers have to stand out to compete for the best workers. This is especially true in the manufacturing sector, which added 1,800 new jobs in the last month data was collected.

Not surprisingly, Enterprise Minnesota’s latest State of Manufacturing® survey shows that attracting qualified workers remains a top concern for business leaders. Those same employers want to be known for having a great work environment. That’s where Nicole comes in.Rapid Robotics banner adWith an extensive background in executive human resource leadership, Nicole has experience in numerous industries, including industrial and process automation, technology, and consulting services. She’ll translate that expertise into a highly interactive workshop that helps participants build on the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses in their company’s efforts to retain employees.

For example, Nicole asks, “What have you done in the last year to retain your top performers? What lessons have you learned?” Her insights can help employers move beyond wringing their hands at losing great employees and work to create an environment where employees love their work and employer enough to refer others.

The heart of the workshop–Six Drivers for Retention–provides background on areas ranging from recruiting and hiring to organizational culture and belonging. Nicole doesn’t just identify these drivers, but helps participants understand how they can improve them to create a work environment that leads to employee enthusiasm, loyalty, and productivity.

The online workshop will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, January 18 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 

Participants will leave the workshop understanding:

  • The latest trends in manufacturing human resource management
  • Strategies and techniques for employee retention to help their company become an employer of choice
  • The role of a purpose-driven company culture in attracting and retaining valuable employees

Who should attend:

Any manufacturer who wants to learn why employee engagement is so important for a productive workforce, and how to get started.

Register for the workshop

View all upcoming Enterprise Minnesota events here.

Industry News

Local leaders discuss state of manufacturing in northwest Minnesota
January 13, Yahoo! news/ Bemidji Pioneer

Minneapolis Fed talks workforce, manufacturing
January 13, Finance & Commerce

Farmington-based manufacturer says perseverance gets the credit for its longevity
January 13, MSP Business Journal

MN Senators announce federal funding to boost manufacturing and transportation workforce
January 12, KTTC.com

Rawlings revises its plan, keeps some jobs at Caledonia’s Miken Sports manufacturing
January 11, Rochester Post Bulletin

Chemical researchers discover catalyst to make renewable paints, coatings and diapers
January 9, U of M Twin Cities News

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