Are you struggling to find enough employees? If you manage a business in the food and agriculture sectors, then the answer to that question is probably a resounding "Yes!" The 2022 labor market is a challenging environment and businesses are struggling to find and keep high-quality employees. The food and agriculture industry is no stranger to this problem, but the highly competitive market has made it much more difficult for our industry to find the help it desperately needs.
In recognition of this critical issue, Michigan State University Extension will hold a half-day attraction and retention workshop for food and agricultural employers on Feb. 15, 2022 at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex in West Olive, Michigan. This introductory workshop is designed for small and medium-sized businesses who are interested in improving their Employer Value Proposition (EVP) by making their operation a more enticing place to work.
Attracting and retaining key employees is one of the cornerstones of resilient companies and crucial to the long-term viability of any business. Companies that are able to draw in and keep quality employees enjoy many benefits, including the realization of their investments in worker training, retaining key staff and their organizational knowledge, and maintaining customer satisfaction.
This program, featuring a combination of university researchers and industry specialists, covers the fundamental concepts of attracting and retaining employees, including:
- Employer Value Proposition
- Company culture and branding
- Wages and benefits
- Valuation of current employees
Although it has been designed for beginners, this workshop can serve as an excellent refresher for more experienced labor managers.