bryan albrecht

bryan albrecht

“If you’re looking for employees the traditional way, you’re at the back of the line.”

That was the advice from Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht, addressing about 300 business people at last week’s State of the Region Economic Forum.

Smart employers, he said, are finding, training and retaining employees through the use of innovative sources, partnerships with higher education institutions and incentive plans.

“If you’re looking for employees, they are out there. You just have to know where they are,” he said. “If you establish that commitment, build your own pipeline.”

Local companies can build their pipeline by forming partnerships with local colleges, Albrecht said.

Such partnering allows employers and prospective employees to get to know each other better. Students can see how the company operates, and the companies can have students work as interns or start apprenticeships.

Albrecht said students no longer rely on finding jobs through placement department where their resumes may only reach a few people. Instead they are going online to a host of Internet job search websites.

Sites such as Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder and Snagajob can help a company expand its employee search because that’s where students and other job seekers go.

For some employers, retention may pose another problem. Albrecht suggest several incentives can use to keep their workers with them and happy.

Employers can offer:

Signing bonuses for new employees.

Recruit-a-friend programs for current employees.

Paying for relocation expenses.

Paid community service time.

College tuition for career development.

Scholarships for employees’ children.

Flex scheduling options.

Creative work environments.

Unlimited access to cellphone data.

Allowing pets in the workplace.

Child care support.