Workforce Waves show

Workforce Waves

Summary: Join the staff of the NWWIB, Mari, Mary Lois, and Melissa (affectionately dubbed the M3) as they dive into current employment trends and the ever-evolving challenges facing workers and employers in rural areas. Workforce Waves will explore smart, strategic, and unique solutions to meet the workforce needs in Wisconsin and the Midwest. New episodes will release each month to inform, inspire, and assist you in making a splash in your own community.


 E16: Rosie Did Not Know How To Rivet- Recruitment Lessons For Companies Struggling to Hire Quality Applicants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:03

This episode features an interview with Judy Aspling, HR Director for Center City Housing Corporation. With unemployment levels being so low, Judy shares tips for how employers can take a different approach to how they look at applicants, and how to find the best fit for a position, even in a tight labor market. 

 E15: We Are All Criminals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:35

Having a criminal record can create barriers to employment and career development. Emily Baxter, Executive Director of We Are All Criminals, joins the program to discuss the work that her organization is doing to challenge society's perceptions of what it means to be a "criminal" through shared stories of those who committed, or were accused of, committing crimes and got away with them. 

 E14: The Homecoming Project | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:15

Before formerly incarcerated people can find jobs, address health problems, or learn new skills, they first need a safe and stable place to live. Yet the odds are stacked against people leaving prison, despite their best intentions and ambitions. Discover the work that Impact Justice is doing through their "Homecoming Project" to leverage existing living spaces to support people re-entering communities.

 E13: Making Your Community Superior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:54

In this episode, you'll learn about the Superior Talent project, which is a talent recruitment event that brings together local employers in the region, as well as students across the midwest who are looking to start their career. The event gives students an opportunity to be introduced to the companies and to the community.  Shannon Stade and Jordan Chrzanak join the program, to discuss their experience as participants in the most recent Superior Talent event. 

 E12: Proactive Strategies for Addressing Opioids in the Workforce | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:19

Rachael Cooper, Senior Program Manager for the National Safety Council, joins the program to discuss the problem of opioid addiction and its impact on the workplace. She shares trends in opioid usage, prevention strategies, and what employers need to know about addiction treatment. 

 E11: The Overlooked Generation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:51

Northwest Wisconsin, like many areas of the United States, is projected to experience a significant "graying" of their population. Discover the importance of investing in older workers and the mindset shift that the nonprofit sector needs to make when it comes to elders.

 E10: It Takes a Village- Addressing The Childcare Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:54

54% of Wisconsin residents live in a "child care desert"- meaning that they have a lack of child care options available to them in their area. This can obviously be a barrier for people looking to enter or return to the workforce- in this episode you'll learn about initiatives that are underway to increase the amount of affordable and available childcare in Wisconsin. 

 E09: Recreation and Its Impact On The Local Economy- Downhill Slopes on the Uphill Trend | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:03

Recreation, tourism, food service and retail are all crucial to rural economies. In this episode, you'll hear from Whitecap Mountain Resort's General Manager, David Dziuban, as he discusses the history of the resort, how its grown, and the impact that it has on the labor market and local economy.

 E08: Home Sweet Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:17

What is the connection between housing and workforce development? In this episode, you'll discover how an investment in housing can help with economic and workforce development. You'll hear a story of a housing initiative in Newton, Iowa and the takeaways and lessons learned from that initiative.  

 E07: Get Your Head Out of the Sand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:20

This episode features an interview with Thomas Michaels, data analyst from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Discover  workforce trends in the region, current analytics about the state of the workforce, and some tips for coping with changes in the labor market. 

 E06: How To Become a Better Leader | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:59

Amy Hubbell, founder and executive coach at Boreal Leadership, LLC, joins the program to discuss what leadership means both for companies and for the region. Amy shares her definition of leadership and reveals 5 things you can do right now to become a better leader. 

 E05: The Missing Link | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:55

Today's guest is Kevin Pagorek, Plant Manager at the Minong facility for Jack Link's Protein Snacks. Join us as we tackle out of the box ideas for recruiting, and gain insights about how Jack Link's is tackling their workforce needs.  

 E04: Customer Service- Beyond Retail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:12

When we think about customer service, we tend to think of the retail and hospitality industries, but customer service is important for all businesses! In this episode we are joined by trainer, speaker and customer service expert Maribeth Monroe as she discusses how customer service directly impacts your bottom line and how to deliver a great customer experience. 

 E03: Exploring Nebraska's Off The Clock Internship Immersion Program | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:23

In this episode you'll discover the innovative work being done in Lincoln Nebraska to attract and retain talent through their internship program. Rachel Placzek, Director of Talent Strategy at the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development is the featured guest. 

 E02: So Many Things! How Employers Can Be Everything All At Once for a Multigenerational Workforce | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:17

In this episode, you'll discover how to create a workplace culture where employees feel valued and how to attract and retain multigenerational talent. 


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