5 TAKEAWAYS FROM “SURVIVING THE TALENT SHORTAGE”

We lunched and learned a lot.

March, 2016

All photos by Michelle Sembrano

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Tom Kunz and Dennis Hollier greeted guests as they entered Fuller Hall.

YWCA’s Laniakea’s Fuller Hall was packed on Wednesday, March 2, for our Small Business Lunch and Learn that focused on identifying and retaining quality employees. Over 10o people attended this event and walked away with valuable strategies for “surviving the talent shortage” in Hawaii’s job market. The keynote speaker of the event was Research & Statistics Officer Phyllis Dayao of DLIR Research & Statistics Office, who shared very interesting facts about Hawaii’s job market.

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Standing-room only.

Dayao’s presentation set a foundation for our panelists to share firsthand experience and acquired knowledge on how to find and retain great employees. Comprised of Deputy District Director of Small Business Association Hawaii Jane Sawyer, Corporate Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources HiHR Kalani Morse Esq. and Eden in Love Owner Tanna Dang, the panel had a high-energy and informative discussion on what strategies worked for them when they built and grew their team of workers.

Give it up for Phyllis two times: Hawaiian Telecom Senior Manager-Business Sales Phyllis Freitas (left) and keynote speaker Phyllis Dayao.

Give it up for Phyllis two times: Hawaiian Telcom Senior Manager-Business Sales Phyllis Freitas (left) and keynote speaker Phyllis Dayao.

If you’re a small business owner and you weren’t in attendance you definitely blew it because there was a lot of knowledge shared about how to identify and cultivate great employees for your company. Just in case you missed it here are five things that we took away from the Small Business Lunch and Learn:

An engaged audience listens attentively.

An engaged audience listens attentively.

1. Hawaii is among the top 5 states in the U.S. for lowest unemployment rates according to research presented by Dayao.

2. Hawaii’s construction industry is projected to grow over 25% by 2022. Another juicy stat provided by Dayao.

From left to right: Tanna Dang, Kalani Morse, Jane Sawyer and Hawaii Business Editor and Emcee Steve Petranik.

From left to right: Tanna Dang, Kalani Morse, Jane Sawyer and Hawaii Business Editor and Emcee Steve Petranik.

3. Company culture and brand alignment are keys to finding and keeping quality employees. Morse and Dang both shared these key pieces of information numerous times during their discussion.

4. Say “no” to toxic people on your team no matter how skilled the employee is. This was a great tip from Morse to avoid hiring a possibly detrimental addition to your team.

Five great leaders (from left to right): Steve Petranik, Kalani Morse, Tanna Dang, Jane Sawyer and Bobby Senaha.

Five great leaders (from left to right): Steve Petranik, Kalani Morse, Tanna Dang, Jane Sawyer and Bobby Senaha.

5. You can attract talented employees to your company with the concept of “career” versus “job.” Who wants to work in a “Just Over Broke” when you can grow as a person in a gainful employment?

 

 


 

*Our next signature event celebrates “20 For the Next 20” on March 10 and you can register to attend here.

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