How Workforce Development Can Improve Health and Safety

Every worker deserves a job with healthy and safe working conditions. The pandemic, however, has demonstrated that this is not a reality for far too many people.

Many people are forced to make difficult choices between taking jobs to provide for...

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3 Challenges for Increasing Diversity in Advanced Health Care Jobs

Health care employers are increasingly recognizing the value of hiring a diverse workforce to better serve their patient populations.

Since Central Iowa HealthWorks began in 2017, more than 450 individuals with barriers to employment have received...

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5 questions to help you find the right job during the pandemic

Finding a job during the pandemic can be daunting, especially if you need to take the first opportunity you find. For immediate help to meet your financial and essential needs while you job search, call 211 or visit 211iowa.org to connect with a...

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5 ways to openly communicate with employees during the pandemic

Knowing when and how to communicate with employees during the pandemic can be challenging, especially as situations change. But taking the time to communicate is critical to building your workforce now and in the future, says Chris Lorenz, director...

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How to prepare for a job during COVID-19

Employers might start asking new questions during job interviews like: “What have you learned about yourself during the COVID-19 crisis?" or "What have you done to prepare for a job during this time?”

Being laid-off or having hours cut from your...

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What employees want and what employers want

Employers are struggling to recruit quality candidates. Employees are seeking good jobs but are struggling to find and get job opportunities that meet their family’s needs.

To examine this gap, United Way of Central Iowa asked Central Iowa residents...

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5 ways to increase employment opportunities for African Americans

During the Untapped Talent for Business event hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Inclusion Council, panelists shared the need for changes in workplace culture and hiring systems to address Central Iowa’s high unemployment rate for...

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How Broadlawns is building a health care workforce in its community

Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Des Moines where more than 40 languages are spoken and more than half of patients struggle to afford health care, Broadlawns recognized a need to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of those...

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4 strategies for reducing turnover in the hotel industry

Last July, two employee leaders at Staybridge Suites in the East Village did not show up to work. The new hotel had ramped up occupancy quickly, says General Manager Kristen Amfahr-Cox, and everyone was working extra hours to keep up in addition to...

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3 ways to define a good job

What makes a job “good”?

A lot depends on your organization, who works there, and what you offer that is meaningful to your employees.

Recently, several national organizations have worked with employers and stakeholders to develop frameworks for...

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