MHA Joins Panel to Discuss Workforce Challenges

The Michigan Works! Association hosted its annual conference virtually from Sept. 13-15, offering a wide array of professional development opportunities, dynamic keynote speakers and accommodations for virtual networking. Nancy McKeague, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MHA chief operating officer, participated in the conference as a panelist for a discussion titled β€œThe Great Resignation,” where panelists discussed the ongoing trend of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining McKeague on the panel were Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association; David Worthams, director of human resource policy for the Michigan Manufacturing Association; and Dave Coulter, Oakland County executive, who moderated the conversation. The panel discussed recruitment and retention, supply chain disruptions, and the long-term impacts of remote work as they pertain to each industry.

β€œHealthcare is one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic, with the Labor Department reporting that healthcare workers and educators have been leaving their jobs at the highest rate since 2002. As the COVID virus continues to spread, the pressure put on the healthcare system continues to grow,” said McKeague.

A recording of the panel discussion is to be made available online in the coming weeks. Members with questions regarding the conference are encouraged to visit the Michigan Works! Association Annual Conference page.