Tailored workforce solutions meet local business needs
As organizations seek to solve recruitment and retention challenges, at Oakton College we continue to look for new trends and innovative ideas while partnering with local businesses to remain competitive in local and global job markets.
Here are three tips to help your company differentiate itself from the competition by providing cost-effective, quality training solutions.
Professional development is one of the best ways to attract and retain talent. Today’s workforce, especially Millennials and Gen Zers, are looking for more than a paycheck. A recent survey by research firm Workplace Intelligence, conducted in partnership with Amazon, found that 74% of Millennial and Gen Z workers are likely to quit within 12 months due to a lack of upskilling opportunities.
Consider offering industry-specific, customized training that not only introduces your employees to new skills and technologies, but also helps your business in the long term. Oakton’s Workforce Solutions team has partnered with companies in the healthcare, IT, manufacturing, transportation and logistics sectors to provide tailored training and education opportunities.
promotion from within
Promotion from within can help you save money on hiring and improve retention and job satisfaction. To ensure your employees are prepared for the transition from peers to managers or supervisors, consider offering workshops such as Transition to Leadership, where participants can learn about the qualities and behaviors that define effective leaders.
Additional workshops to consider include the following topics: Delegating Work Effectively, Conflict Management, Business Writing, and Project Management. Effective monitoring is linked to organizational success. Visit www.oakton.edu/ws for a complete list of workshops available to employers. The workshop participants reported improved communication, project management and leadership skills as well as increased job satisfaction.
One of a company’s best competitive advantages includes investing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Nearly 80% of respondents to a recent CNBC/SurveyMonkey workforce survey say they would like to work for a company that values DEI. Oakton values diversity and the promotion of equity, and is committed to building just and prosperous communities.
For DEI efforts to be successful, they must be planted, nurtured, and exposed to the right conditions throughout the organization. Your employees must feel supported in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and socioeconomic status.
At Oakton, we understand your needs. The College offers a full range of cost effective, high quality training solutions that can be delivered at a variety of locations as well as online. An experienced team of consultants, trainers and program managers develop training programs that enhance employee skills and knowledge to drive business results.
Contact Oakton College’s Workforce Solutions Team (847-635-1447, [email protected]) to start a conversation about how our team can help you achieve your business goals. To learn more, please visit www.oakton.edu/ws.
• Jesse Ivory, Ed.D. Dean of Adult and Continuing Education/Dean of Skokie Campus Oakton College.