Brian Bondy became the new President and CEO of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce on April 1, 2021. Most recently, he was President of the Conroe / Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce.

During the summer of my freshman year in high school, I decided I needed the money so I could go out and do the things that were important at the time. I got hired at Church’s Chicken for $ 2.10 an hour. Hey, that was 20 cents an hour more than what I was getting at the Pizza Inn and closer to home! And, while this job taught me to be on time, develop a work ethic, and work with other people, it also helped me decide that going to college was better. option.

The big discussion in business circles today is finding qualified talent to fill vacancies. The key word here is “qualified”. Many businesses in the Granbury / Hood County area have openings for a wide variety of positions, but there are few applicants to fill them. According to a recent Emsi report, “Demographic drought” the United States enters an accelerated period called “without a disease” (‘without’ – without; ‘demic’ – people).

“In February 2020, before the COVID crisis, a record 70% of US companies reported a talent shortage according to a Manpower survey. “And since then,” 2.4 million women left the labor market from February 2020 to February 2021 “. Adding to the challenge is the ongoing generational change shaping tomorrow’s workforce every day. The year 2020 saw over 3 million baby boomers retire! Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z workers now dominate the workforce… but are there enough of them to replace these retirements?

The research community seems to think the answer is ‘no’. According to the Emsi report, “In early 2018, Korn Ferry predicted that by 2028 the United States could expect a deficit of 6 million workers.” But, as we learned at the recent chamber seminar, “Wage Wars”, you can now make an impact on your current staff!

We’ve heard repeatedly throughout the program that corporate culture, not just pay and benefits, can be one of your best retention tools. Employees, it seems, have a lot going for them right now, and they want to be valued. “In an economy based on human capital, people are the key ingredient – a truth that will only become more apparent during the next ‘sansdemia’. Every student, every employee, every potential employee is valuable, ”concludes the Emsi report.

Here at home, consider the growth of CTE programs at the secondary level; workforce training programs at the community college level and a plethora of degree programs at universities across the state, and we have the opportunity to create a highly skilled workforce.

The Granbury Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Workforce Solutions North Central Texas, the Granbury ISD, Tarleton State University Small Business Development Center and several business partners like Forward Training Center, are working together to help identify, hire, train, build and keep the future. workforce for our region.

From understanding what businesses need today to analyzing market trends, we hope to help Granbury / Hood County businesses not only fill their current openings, but also look ahead and be able to anticipate future growth areas.

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