Ideas to solve the skilled worker shortage

16 minutes

•  Solving the worker training question

•  “The pull for labor will be different going forward”

(Total Recorded Time is 22:14)

More than half of U.S. adults don't feel they have a stable, well-paying job that lets them have both a comfortable quality of life and presents a career path with opportunities for growth. That’s according to a survey paid for by Goodwill.

It’s even worse among those who are employed and not in an ideal job.  More than two out of three – 68 percent – say they need more training or skills to have such a position.

Maureen Metcalf – founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute – in Columbus, Ohio, says these are changes that business leaders need to address.

“The pull for labor will be different going forward,” says Ms. Metcalf. “We’re already in many cases struggling to staff our organizations. If we re-shore things that have been offshored, I imagine the labor shortage will continue and inflation will continue.”

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Ms. Metcalf notes that many of those workers who are replaced by robots are finding it difficult to regain comparable jobs because they lack training.

“This is now a public issue as they are drawing unemployment,” she says. “Our communities are picking up the costs of workforce training because to attract businesses, we need a trained workforce.”

Ms Metcalf is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association, serves on the Advisory Board at the School of Strategic Leadership at James Madison University and the Mason Leadership Center at Franklin University.

(The Goodwill polling results are based on a survey of 2,318 adults ages 18-65 who are currently working, looking for work, or would be working if they didn't face barriers to employment. The poll was administered March 17 through April 4, 2022, using YouGov's online panel and by research firm, PerryUndem The margin of sampling error for the total results is ±3 percentage points.)

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