Forum to address state's tightening labor pool.The Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). will present a conference Sept. 11 in Concord focusing on issues surrounding workforce availability in the state.
"Workforce Worries: Coping with New Hampshire's Constricting con·strict
v. con·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
1. To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
2. To squeeze or compress.
3. Labor Pool" will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.
The half-day conference--designed for chief executives, chief operating offices, human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. directors and managers, recruiters and others involved in employee hiring and retention--will examine New Hampshire's constricting labor pool and offer practical information and approaches to help companies ease their recruitment and retention efforts.
"Business leaders all over the state tell us this has become a pressing issue," said Jim Roche, BIA BIA
Bureau of Indian Affairs president. "Many seasoned employees are leaving the workforce for retirement at the same time that half our college graduates leave New Hampshire. If New Hampshire employers can't find qualified employees, they'll expand elsewhere. The long-term implications for our economy are alarming."
Following registration and continental breakfast, the program will begin with an introduction by George Bald, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, and a situational overview of New Hampshire's lightening workforce by demographer Peter Francese.
A two-part general session presented by New Hampshire AARP AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to "enriching the experience of aging"; membership is open to people age 50 or older. Founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus as American Association of Retired Persons, AARP now has over 30 million will examine strategies for retaining and retraining re·train
tr. & intr.v. re·trained, re·train·ing, re·trains
To train or undergo training again.
re·train older workers. Participants will then have the option to attend two of three concurrent work- shops related to immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. issues such as H-1B and H-2B visas, alternative work arrangements such as flexible schedules and telecommuting telecommuting, an arrangement by which people work at home using a computer and telephone, transmitting work material to a business office by means of a modem and telephone lines; it is also known as telework. , and workforce training programs aimed at making current employees more productive.
Stephen Reno, chancellor of the University System, will deliver the keynote address during lunch. Reno will discuss efforts under way in the state aimed at keeping more young people in the state, including the University System's "55% Iniatiative."
Program sponsors for Workforce Worries include the immigration law firm of GoffWilson, New Hampshire AARP and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. New Hampshire Business ReNew is media sponsor.
Cost to attend the Sept. 11 conference is $65 for BIA members and $85 for non-members. To register, call 630-224-5388, ext. 116, or visit acteva.com/go/nhbia.