Workforce Development Committee Shares First-Year Findings at ConcreteWorks

Workforce Development Committee members presented their findings this week at NRMCA’s annual fall convention, ConcreteWorks, reporting on creative hiring avenues, including a session on methods for hiring veterans, especially those in military release programs. The team also discussed its in-depth survey with mixer drivers about what they like about their jobs/what motivates them to stay. In looking toward solutions, another session brainstormed leadership development for operations staff, especially for senior-level career drivers and those at the plant level. Finally, an employment law attorney presented a session on the new Department of Labor overtime rule, effective January 1, 2020.

When unemployment numbers remain in the 3.5% range, the lack of people to hire coupled with the challenge of retaining them, is vital – critical – for business survival. The ready mixed concrete industry will continue to take a deep dive into understanding and helping your company address these challenges. But it cannot do it alone. The group needs representatives from north, south, east and west, and from all sizes of companies. Solutions will not be easy, but they will be more obtainable if we all pull together to address the challenge. If your company is not actively participating, please consider sending your representative. While most participants are human resource executives and managers, the committee also has a wide range of other participants.

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