Attendees at the Sept. 28-30 ABA HR & Labor Conference in Chicago spent two and a half days immersed in learning how to open new lines of recruiting and what bakers can do to train and retain their talent, as well as how to prepare for current and forthcoming new regulations. On Monday, Pat Richards with Hearthside Food Solutions offered a glimpse into two in-depth trainings offered under Hearthside University programming. Attendees participated in a front line leader workshop, learning how to find success while dealing with various character traits and motivational issues.
On Tuesday, attendees heard from various speakers, including long time ABA labor counsel Peter Susser with Litter, who gave an in-depth update on the Department of Labor “White Collar” overtime exemption and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer standard. David Ritter and Keith White with Barnes & Thornburg later added to the NLRB discussion by sharing the impact of the NLRB’s recent “ambush election” rule and how companies can be prepared to counter organizing attempts.
Presentations also included developing strategies to manage turnover and ultimately prevent it. Wes Burke and Holly Mockus with Alchemy Systems shared the results of their recent study looking into what motivates front line works. Brian Coleman with Dawn Foods shared wellness success stories which have led to greater employee engagement and loyalty, and what it takes to get the buy in from the C-suite. Bruce Lanser followed up with innovative new strategies to improving your company’s retirement plan.
In addition, attendees focused on finding new talent, a critical issue within the industry. Gina Delahunt and Genevieve Martin with Dave’s Killer Bread shared their company’s success with the Second Chances program, which focuses on hiring, training, retaining and creating success stories with those that have criminal backgrounds. Attendees were also able to learn about how to better connect with the veteran network through speaking with Carol Multach and George Nicholson with Vet2Tech, a non-profit aimed at helping veterans find great careers in manufacturing.
The ABA HR Committee will continue to make talent management issues a priority throughout the remainder of the year and into the next HR & Labor Conference. For more information on the content covered at the Sept. 28-30 conference, please contact Cory Martin, ABA Director of Government Relations, at 202-789-0300.