Vol. 1, No. 5  |  Summer 2016
August 4, 2016
Taney County is OnPoint!

August is here and it's hard to believe that back-to-school is right around the corner. With kids heading back to the classroom in a few short days, I wanted to prepare you for activities that you may want to plug into this semester.

On August 15, TCP is partnering with the Hollister School District's 'Night of the Tiger' event and the Missouri Job Center to host a job fair for parents and students. The Mobile Job Center bus will be present along with local employers looking to hire. Employers interested in participating can contact the  Missouri Job Center  for more information.

Taney County Partnership sees the value of creating a talent pipeline for our in-demand industries through our local schools. TCP plans to use the OnPoint initiative to drive relevant programming to our youth to let them know about job opportunities and career tracks.

Be on the lookout for more events and other tools of engagement within the coming weeks.

Happy reading!

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were lower in June 2016 at *5.7 % compared to the 2015 rate of 5.9%, though it is higher than the May 2016 rate of 5.3%.  Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators. 

Check out this month's Workforce Overview and the latest Taney County Cluster Mapping report.

 *Rates variable and subject to change
Workforce Survey Results

results of the Workforce Survey   taken in May were released at the Branson Business Connection Luncheon on July 22.  An executive summary of the survey results can be found on the  Workforce Collaborative web page

Make sure to check out Taney County Partnership ' In the News ' to view the local media impact of this event!

Also, take a listen to TCP's Jonas Arjes' on-air interview with KLFC Radio's Good Morning Ozarks show on July 29.
Programming Opportunities


Taney County Partnership's New Workforce Initiative: OnPoint
TCP launched its new workforce development initiative at the July Branson Business Connection luncheon. The new brand, OnPoint, will seek to focus workforce development as well as talent attraction and retention efforts in the county and will serve as a resource to the business community, job seekers, and those looking to relocate to Taney County for employment opportunities. 

The Partnership is working on developing a new website to host the new initiative (stay tuned!). In the meantime, members of the community and beyond can connect to all things workforce, including job opportunities and workforce-related articles through its two social media accounts:

Facebook:  facebook.com/OnPointMissouri  |  T witter:  @OnPointMO

New Job Search Webpage

In a combined effort from the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Taney County Partnership, www.taneycountyjobs.com launched last month as a new job search page and resource tool for job seekers and employers in the Taney County area.

This webpage encompasses the job search tool from the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber site and has an embedded Indeed.com feed to alert job seekers to additional opportunities. Area employers can use the site to submit new job postings that can easily be shared to social media, shared by phone or emailed to a friend using social share buttons on each listing. TCP will share these opportunities periodically through the OnPoint Twitter account and will eventually expand this sharing capacity to Facebook and other mediums.

Employers may post jobs to this page at no cost, and Chamber membership is not required, but highly encouraged.  Employers may also add a "featured job to the site for a nominal fee. Email the Partnership for more information about submitting a job graphics to the new site.


University of Missouri Extension: Resources for Business

The University of Missouri Extension: Taney County offers basic training on resume writing, grooming for employment, etiquette and more for those looking for work or as a starting point for unskilled laborers. 

The University also offers a basic finance education course on making a budget and managing finances. This course can be utilized as "Lunch and Learn" opportunities, allowing businesses to provide this and other informational services to their employees at a reasonable cost.

For more information about these resources, contact Nellie via email at University of Missouri Extension office locally or call (417) 546-4431.

Missouri Business Portal

Are you connected to Missouri's best resources to help keep your business moving forward?

The Missouri Business Portal has a variety of resources to help you start, grow and manage your business, including a list of incentives and training resources to help give your workforce a boost. Check it out today!

MO Department of Labor: Workplace Safety

Many workplace injuries and illnesses occur due to a lack of training, supervision, or experience. Hazardous environments or working conditions can also lead to injuries and occupational diseases. Employers have a responsibility under the OSHA and the MSHA to ensure their workplaces are in compliance with established safety and health laws.

The Division of Labor Standards offers free safety and health consultation services to assist Missouri employers in reducing injuries and illnesses. These consultation services help ensure their employees have a safe, healthy, and positive place to work.

OSHA can stop by at any time to assess the safety and health of your workplace. OSHA fines for serious hazards found in the workplace increased from $849 to $2,014 per hazard. Check out this series of Workplace Safety videos for more information!

Embracing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Today, at least three generations currently coexist in the workplace. Each brings to the table their own strengths, weaknesses and viewpoints that are seemingly very different from the next.

Or are they? A recent study by the   IBM Institute for Business Value  has found that the needs of younger generations (Millennials) aren't all that different from their older counterparts (Baby Boomers, Gen X). While it's true that each generation (and individual for that matter) brings a different value to the workplace in one way or another, their basic needs and desires at work are what binds them - whether they realize it or not.

When you consider that Millennials will make up roughly  half of the workforce by 2020 , it's pretty clear that now is the time to help our teams embrace their differences and bridge the generational  gap . * Here's how this can be accomplished:

1. Encourage Baby Boomers to share their experience and knowledge.

2. Gen X is the "middleman". Look to them to help bridge the gap.

3. Help millennials continue to innovate, without overlooking the basics.

As leaders, it's our job to help our teams navigate the changing landscape at work. We can't change our employees' circumstances, but we can change the way they view their circumstances. In helping our teams embrace what is and redirect their energy in a positive way, we will create higher functioning, happier workplaces that benefit from  what each generation has to offer .

* Information derived from Cy Wakeman's article, " The Perks (And Importance) Of Embracing A Multigenerational Workplace " on Forbes.com

How does your company embrace multiple generations in the workforce? Email us to share!
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