Tight Labor Market Calls for Creative Solutions: Job Design as a Strategy

With national attention on the labor shortage, some Ohio manufacturers are raising wages and offering signing bonuses to entice applicants. Meanwhile small- and medium-sized manufacturers can’t compete with the rapid jump in starting wages offered by warehousing, retail, and larger manufacturers.

Enter Job Design, a branch of workforce development, that is gaining national attention—and becoming a frequent topic of discussion among OMA’s workforce community. The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has launched a Job Design Framework for businesses, offering strategies for creating quality jobs that help attract and retain good employees. Check out the resources to find strategies and tools to increase job quality without breaking the bank.

How are you addressing the labor shortage? Share your best practices and success stories with OMA’s Sara Tracey. 5/27/2021