Strategic HR at Mount Washington: Oct 27-29, 2019 – Bretton Woods, NH

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Retreat!

The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the spring for updates on the 2019 Retreat.

PLENARY: Gender Equity, Diversity, and the Working Mom

Monday, October 29th, 2018 @ 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Initiatives That Improve Your Talent Acquisition

In ten years, approximately one-third of New England’s labor force will be 65 years or older, leaving vacancies in highly skilled roles across industries. Liisa Rajala, associate editor of NH Business Review, will close our Monday afternoon programming by highlighting steps companies are taking to attract and retain a diverse workforce, in some cases utilizing state programs and funds. In her coverage, Liisa has seen how companies are reexamining their workplace culture and policies to attract younger workers and have put even further emphasis on women. W.S. Badger & Company in Gilsum launched and led a coalition of businesses in the Monadnock Region to adopt its successful babies-at-work program. And Bensonwood Custom Homebuilding in Walpole renovated a private space for new mothers to breast pump. Vital Marketing in Portsmouth rebranded its company and grew its profits by incorporating a social interview (where applicants mingle with potential coworkers), organizing a weekly meal prepared by a chef and scheduling group exercise sessions. A shortage of skills has led other companies to develop custom training programs. Easterseals in Manchester successfully hired 20 individuals from the Congolese, Nepalese and Bhutanese community from its in-house training program developed in coordination with English as a Second Language instructors. Liisa will share ambitious initiatives as well as list small steps companies can take to attract talented workers in different segments of the labor force.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Liisa Rajala