City Faces Hiring Problems
By Pat Blair on Fri 09/07/2018 06:00am
Posted in Sheridan County Sheridan Wyoming
The city of Sheridan currently has openings for 10 employees, and filling those spots won’t be easy.

That’s according to Heather Doke, the city’s human resources director, who said the problem isn’t unique to Sheridan.

Doke said one of the issues for the Sheridan area is that the city is competing for employees with new companies coming in as well as existing companies that are expanding. She said that’s a good thing for Sheridan overall, but can make recruitment harder for the city.

Also, she said, unemployment is low nationwide – and lowest in Sheridan. According to figures she presented at a city council meeting earlier this week, unemployment for the second quarter of 2018 was 3.9 percent nationwide, 3.8 percent for Wyoming – and 3.5 percent in Sheridan.

She said also according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average 0.9 employees are available for every open job position.

Doke said the most critical area for jobs in the city right now is in the police department and public safety. She said the city is having a hard time getting police officers.

She told the council at the meeting this week that there are currently four vacancies in the police department and the last time the department was, in fact, at full staffing was in 2014.

Again, she said, the problem isn’t unique to Sheridan and there are staffing issues in departments across Wyoming and the U.S. She told council members that about 50 percent of applicants for jobs with the police department don’t pass their background checks.

In her report to the council, Doke said the average age of the current 175 city employees is 44 years, and just over 40 percent of all city employees will be eligible to retire in the next five years.

Think about your list of important issues facing Human Resources managers, pick a topic, and find a RECENT article (written in the last month) on the subject. The article could be a story or news item. Give a VERY SHORT summary of the story. BUT, that should not be the largest part of your work. We’re most interested in the issue and what’s important about the issue from the points of view of employers, employees and the workplace as a whole. A well thought out and written assignment could be done in as few as 500 words. Again, don’t just re-write the article or story. Use your own words

** The article I selected is Hiring Problems (Recruitment)

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