Vol. 1, No. 9  |  Winter 2016
December 8, 2016
Looking Ahead to 2017...

I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it's December already! Time flies when you're having fun, and 2016 has been a great year for the county.

As we don ugly Christmas sweaters, sip peppermint mochas and stalk jolly old St. Nick with the Google Santa Tracker, the Partnership celebrates the progress made this year thanks to the collaboration of all our partners. We couldn't do this without you and look forward to a prosperous 2017.

One thing we are planning right off the bat in the new year is a Community Workforce Summit that will be held on Tuesday, January 31. Save the date and check your inbox in the coming weeks for more information about how to register and what to expect at this new event.

Also, be on the lookout for a surprise holiday video created by our friends at Digital LunchBox. We want to "spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear..." about the great opportunities there are in Taney County to live, to work, or to start / expand a new business! This video will primarily be utilized as a social media campain targeted to those who may be in the market visiting family over the holiday season. 

May you have the merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were about the same in October 2016 at *4.9 % as they were in 2015 at 4.8%.  Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher overall unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators.  The overall unemployment rate for the Ozark Region in October 2016 was 3.8%.

Check out the September 2016 Labor Market Summary of real time labor market analysis for the Ozark Region. This analysis is updated every 60 days.

 *Rates variable and subject to change

Save the Date for the First-Annual Community Workforce Summit

Taney County Partnership will host a half-day  Community Workforce Summit on  Tuesday, January 31 in an effort to bring the community together around the workforce development challenges facing the county. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with networking and exhibitors followed by relevant programming, including a panel discussion and concluding with a luncheon and keynote speaker.

More details about the Community Workforce Summit will be released later in December.


Ignite Happy Hour

Take some time after you leave the office to wind down, meet your fellow Branson area young professionals and enjoy free appetizers and engaging conversation. 

Join us on  Tuesday, December 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Christmas Happy Hour!

Meet other young professionals for networking and some good ole holiday fun! Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win bragging rights and a cool prize.  Drink and food specials will be available.

Ignite Happy Hour is 
free to attend but we do ask that you please register to allow us to have a head count. 

>> Register now!

Spread the word and encourage your young professionals age 21-40 (ish) to attend!

Tools to encourage your employees to be fit and festive this holiday season

During the next few weeks, employees will be prone to high levels of stress, poor nutrition, over spending, and many other potentially unhealthy choices. Prepare your organization with Virgin Pulse's tips and tricks to make it a happy, healthy and stress-free holiday for your workforce.

>> Download the toolkit to access:
  • Virgin Pulse's survey on what impacts employee wellbeing most during the holidays
  • A holiday poster series to post around the workplace to keep wellbeing top of mind
  • Tipsheets on how to make simple healthy choices across all areas of wellbeing
  • Actionable insights that will make holiday travel a breeze

Ozark Region Workforce Development Board State of the Workforce Survey

The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center and various Chambers of Commerce, is releasing the third-annual regional workforce survey to identify issues, challenges, and trends facing businesses and educators across the Ozarks region.  Local business owners, human resource managers, and area school superintendents are encouraged to participate.

The data obtained from the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey will help us to improve the quality of our local workforce, assist area businesses with talent recruitment and retention, effectively meet the needs of small and rural businesses, and prepare our high school and college students for tomorrow's jobs.

>> You may access the Regional Workforce Survey at www.WDB2017.com.

Survey results will be shared at the third annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM. Registration is available at springfieldmo.gov/MOmentum

Contact Megan Short at 417-841-3386 with any questions regarding the survey or event.  For more information about Missouri Job Center services, call (417) 887-4343 or visit the Missouri Job Center online at www.springfieldmo.gov/careercenter .
Employment Trends that will Disrupt 2017 Workforce Planning


As 2016 comes to an end, a host of drastic changes in corporate culture and employment trends will impact future workforce planning.  With this in mind, let's touch on three of the most impactful employment trends that will impact the type of workforce you will hire and how you plan to attract and retain them.
1) The emergence of Boomerang Workers and new challengs for existing employees 

boomerang employee  is one that leaves a company but then returns later. Such a decision is usually based on opportunity, family matters, or some form of compensation. Studies found that the rate of re-hiring boomerang employees stood at 48%, but the figure skyrocketed to 76% around late 2015.

2) Younger professionals will take over managerial positions as Boomer leaders retire

This year, more than 3.6 million company chiefs were set to retire as younger professionals ascend to managerial slots. Companies are busy planning this transition in order to cope with the massive loss of boomers. A credible global study on company staffing trends and culture found that there is a need to undertake more regular performance reviews as opposed to traditional annual reports.

3) Increased popularity of part-time jobs and an expanded freelance market

While literacy levels are at their unprecedented highs globally, and colleges and universities continue to churn out more and better trained professionals every year, Millennials have been steadily trying to gain more control over their lives over the last two decades. Employees, therefore, need more flexibility and the use of technology in executing their professional responsibilities.

Read on to discover three additional trends that were predicted to change the landscape of work in 2016.
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