Welcome to the new employment landscape
By Morf Morford
Tacoma Daily Index
You’ve probably noticed some (sometimes literal) signs of the changing job market.
I have seen advertisements on television, not for products but for appeals to workers.
And it’s not just fast food restaurants (which often offer hiring bonuses).
Every office, industry and job category seems to have a “staff shortage”.
This, like almost all social or cultural (or demographic) changes, has been visible, if not predictable, for years.
The AARP noted that 10,000 Americans retire every day.
Multiply that number by the twenty months or so of a pandemic-induced economic downturn and you get the pure mathematical stuff of economic restructuring like we, or maybe the whole world, has never seen before.
And for some, those of working age, the opportunities are unlike anything we’ve seen – or will ever see again.
For example, I almost regularly see opportunities which, just a few years ago, would have been my “dream job”.
For various reasons, I am unwilling or unwilling to take them at this time in my life.
But the field of employment, again for a variety of reasons, is teeming with unprecedented opportunities – and is open, as never before, to an ever-expanding field of skilled and “non-traditional” candidates.
Some of these programs are sponsored by governments, industries, unions or local agencies.
The bottom line is that every industry, from Washington State ferries to restaurants to medical facilities, is understaffed.
How’s that for a program we would never have seen in a “traditional economy”? Few industries are more gender specific than electrical work.
Creating a path for female electricians has been difficult, if not impossible, in many areas, especially for new mothers.
Not in the Portland, Oregon area, however. In January 2020, a new maternity benefit scheme went into effect and was made available by IBEW Local 48 (NECA / IBEW Local 48 is based in Oregon and the southwest of Washington) in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Harrison Electrical Labor Trust Fund.
In an effort to retain women in the workforce, the plan offers 13 weeks of paid leave before a doctor-certified due date and 13 weeks after, doubling the previous offer of maternity leave. Members receive $ 800 per week in lost-time benefits in addition to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits.
Details (for all) about working in the electrical industry can be found here – www.necaibew48.com.
Or do you prefer to go fishing?
Want to experience an adventure in Alaska? This new program will give you the experience you need to get a job in commercial fishing.
The Gig Harbor BoatShop and Washington Sea Grant have teamed up to develop a new purse seine crew training program. The six-day program will first be offered in fall 2021 in Gig Harbor, Washington (exact dates are yet to be determined).
Designed by Captains of Commercial Fishing Vessels and Washington Sea Grant, the program will equip you with fundamental crew member skills.
Program participants will be introduced to the basics of net mending, navigation, line handling, safety at sea, and skills on deck ashore and aboard fishing boats.
The program will take place at the Gig Harbor BoatShop and aboard the commercial fishing vessels based in Gig Harbor.
Program participants will receive a crew training certificate and a list of employment opportunities upon completion of the course.
To reserve a place or for more information, contact:
Sarah Fisken, Washington Sea Grant: 206-5543-1225 or [email protected]
Gig Harbor BoatShop: 253-857-9344 or [email protected]
Or do you prefer to work on the radio?
Radio is more than just hosting a radio show.
If working in the radio industry interests you, there are plenty of jobs ahead (and beyond) the microphone.
If public radio in the greater Seattle area sounds interesting, check out this website https://kuow.org/careers.
From producing shows to reporting, operating or maintaining sound equipment, and much more, the opportunities are there.
KUOW sums up the changes in emphasis and direction in the American workplace with these words;
Our vision is to broaden conversations and deepen understanding. KUOW is committed to acquiring a diversity of perspectives and voices to achieve our aspirations.
We believe that attracting and retaining a diverse workforce is essential to serving the communities where we work and live. We are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in an anti-racist and multicultural environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness.
If you share our values and our mission and vision speak to you, we invite you to join the KUOW team. Women, Blacks, Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPOC), veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The independent KNKX station based in Tacoma is also recruiting. You can check out their openings here – https://www.knkx.org/open-positions.
Like never before, workers are taking control, defining and redefining the workplace in ways inconceivable for previous generations.
Consider this toxic workplace indicator profile – https://www.visualcapitalist.com/15-warning-signs-to-identify-a-toxic-work-environment/.