Vol. 1, No. 8  |  Autumn 2016
November 4, 2016
Use OnPoint to find Holiday Help

November's only just begun and it's already Christmas in Branson! I've enjoyed driving through town and seeing the Christmas lights and decorations adorning area businesses.

While it may be too early for some of us to start listening to Branson's Classical Christmas music 24/7 on 98.1 FM, many businesses in the area have already started hiring for the 2016 holiday season. 

If you are looking to hire holiday help, don't forget to post your available positions on the OnPoint Career Finder.  The site is available for employers to post Taney and Stone county jobs at no cost. Visit www.onpointmo.com to create an account and begin posting today.

lso, check out our newly released video   about what it's like to live, work and invest in Taney County! We want to let folks out there know that the Branson are is THE best place in the world to raise a familly, start a business or embark on a new career. Like and share!

Discover Taney County, Missouri!

Happy reading!

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were higher in September 2016 at *5.4 % compared to the 2015 rate of 5.0%.  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. 

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
Programming Opportunities


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 Thursday, November 3rd from 5-6:30 p.m. for the first Ignite Happy Hour. 

Joe's Crab Shack will be providing free appetizers for attendees and drinks will be on you. 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!

Escalating competition for talent has made it substantially more challenging to attract, retain and motivate employees, while competitive markets have made it more important to control compensation costs. 

During this spotlight webinar, Dow Scott, professor of human resources in the Graduate School of Business at Loyola University Chicago, will examine five ways to increase the effectiveness of your compensation programs:
  • Align your business strategy and compensation programs.
  • Understand employee pay preferences.
  • Communicate pay information effectively.
  • Utilize incentive pay strategically. 
  • Evaluate pay programs to achieve continuous improvement.
>> Register Today! Webinar begins  Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Ozark Region Workforce Development Board to release third annual 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 .

Missouri Department of Labor: Shared Work Program

No one likes layoffs. They are bad for business, employees and the local economy. And, that's why every owner, HR manager and decision maker needs to know about the Missouri Department of Labor's
Shared Work program.

Shared Work is not "job sharing"! It's an employee retention program, a way of helping both employers and employees make it through a tough time that would have otherwise included a layoff. The program is for both public and private employers, from large corporations to small businesses.

Through the Shared Work Program, employers are better able to retain valued employees by utilizing the program, saving thousands in rehire and retraining costs. Employees receive a supplement from the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation program that equals approximately a third of their daily wages for the days they participate in Shared Work. And, local economies do not suffer the effects of long term layoffs.

Missouri's highest layoff periods typically occur in the fourth quarter and first quarter. To prevent as many layoffs as possible, we want to get the word out that there is an alternative to a layoff. For more information, contact Dee Rose at (573) 751-7572 and visit www.sharedwork.mo.gov.

3 Recruiting Secrets for Better Holiday Hiring
  1. Write a compelling job ad that will help you quickly weed out the applicants that are not a good fit.
  2. Be specific. Don't be afraid to include sales goals or mundane tasks. Making your expectations clear from the beginning will help you avoid misunderstandings.
  3. To connect with the candidate and determine if they are a good fit for the job, ask questions in the job ad and request the answers in the cover letter or email response.

Want to learn more? Watch the video and contact Heather with OnPoint to receive free assistance with writing dynamic and engaging job descriptions.
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