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Workforce Woes2022-04-28T14:54:32-04:00

Workforce Woes

We hear it every day, the workforce woes that are impacting local independent businesses. When we come together, we can create change, solve problems, and collectively rise.

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Workforce Woes

When local, independent businesses come together, we can make a difference in the workforce.

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Over 100 RVA-owned and independent businesses answered about their workforce woes. Can you relate to these statistics?

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Workforce Woes

We’re taking a deep dive into labor shortages, prospecting, employee retention, and finding the time to juggle it all.

11.3M

Open jobs in the U.S.

7

average job openings at RVA businesses

6M

Unemployed workers in the U.S.

5

average weekly applicants at RVA businesses

Join the discussion on workforce with other local, independent businesses.

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    • AvatarRian Chandler-Dovis
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      What tools or benefits are you using to attract top talent to local, independent businesses in RVA?

    • NICOLE KUZARANICOLE KUZARA
      Participant
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      Good question Rian, the InUnison team hears this question a lot. Some input here would be great!

    • AvatarLauren Llewellyn
      Member
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      To date, my family has been operating our small business but we’re in need of and ready to bring in some help. In your opinion, what’s the most important thing we should consider as we start down this road?

    • Meredith AyersMeredith Ayers
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      I’m not a hiring member of our team, however, I recently attended a conference that encouraged hiring managers and owners to think about the language they use in their job listings. Instead of descriptors like “customer service”, “reliable”, “dedicated”, try using terms like: “Skilled”, “flexible”, “accepting of challenges”, “career”. Flip the script on the expectations and show your work environment from the earliest stages of the hiring relationship.

      Hope this helps!

    • Sarah PaxtonSarah Paxton
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      I look outside of our specific industry, especially when it comes to hiring strong sales people. While I might stay within ‘retail’ or ‘service’, I’ve found that high-end foodservers or luxury/designer brand clothing salespeople can be strong candidates. I can teach them about furniture, but strong service and selling skills are tougher.

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RVA Workforce Insights

Nationally, it has been reported that in 2021, 47 million people left the workforce. With a slow return and what has been designated “The Great Reshuffle” because hiring rates have outpaced quit rates since November of 2020. We wanted to understand how did that compare to what is happening locally.

Over 100 unique RVA businesses responded and we’re sharing the results.

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Articles, worksheets, and more, curated to help the workforce woes of Richmond region’s independent businesses.

Workforce Roundtable Groups

With workforce woes, you don’t have to go it alone.

More About Roundtables
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Our roundtables connect you with other local business owners to meet, collaborate, and grow together.

By being part of a small group of professionals who meet on workforce problems, you can all use your collective experience and knowledge to solve problems, advise one another, and become stronger.

By joining in on a roundtable, you can:

  • Take part in open, confidential discussions about topics that align with today’s local business climate
  • Learn and share best practices
  • Build relationships with peers
  • Take time to hyper-focus on a single, important business issue

How often do Roundtables meet?

Members of each Roundtable commit to four bi-monthly meetings. Each meeting lasts an hour and a half.

Who can participate?

RVA-owned and independent business teams. All premium-level membership holders – and up to four additional staff members – are eligible to participate in the program.

How do I get started?

Once you logged into your Premium membership account, then complete the roundtable matching form. We’ll use the information to correctly match you with a group.

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Over 90% of RVA-owned, independent businesses have raised their wages. Have you?

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Workforce Mentor Program

You can turn to an experienced local business owner for trusted advice on workforce woes.

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Meet the Workforce Mentors

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Through the mentorship program, you and your team members can learn from a successful business person who lives and works right here in the Richmond region.

Meet with a mentor who understands the local business climate and its challenges with the workforce.

Who can participate?

RVA-owned and independent business team members. All premium-level members – and up to four additional staff members – are eligible to participate in the program.

How do I get started?

Once you are logged into your Premium InUnison account, complete the Mentor interest form. We’ll use this information to match you or a team member with the right Mentor.

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Workforce Woes

We hear it every day, the workforce woes that are impacting local independent businesses. When we come together, we can create change, solve problems, and collectively rise.

Download Insights
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