April 2013: Roth Provides Tips on Hiring and Retention in the Face of a Labor Shortage

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tw-aw-portico2Katie Roth kicked off her presentation with a surprising fact.  Iowa is experiencing a labor shortage! “In Iowa, with unemployment around five percent, and the typically unemployable around three percent, we are almost at a full blown employment shortage now and it is going to get much worse,” warned Katie Roth, President of Portico Staffing, at her presentation before the April Business Innovation Zone luncheon.  “In the next five to seven years everyone born between 1945 and 1955 is going to start retiring. In fact, the only reason it hasn’t already started is the great recession,” observed the 30-year veteran of Human Resource management and owner of a leading local staffing and recruitment firm.

In the face of this challenge the Senior Professional in Human Resources, as certified by the Society for Human Resource Management, offered two key strategies and appropriate tactics as to how the challenge can be met. Consistent with her presentation’s title she noted that it is all the more important moving forward to hire the right people and then make the appropriate effort to retain them.

Download a summary of the conversation (pdf file)

Written by Mike Colwell

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