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Capital Area Michigan Works! Plans for Business Resource Network

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  
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Capital Area Michigan Works! is a network of resources for employers and career seekers, presenting mid-Michigan employment opportunities since 1974. In 2018 alone, CAMW! served 497 businesses and filled 2,093 jobs. With three different locations in Charlotte, St. Johns and Lansing, CAMW! has clearly impacted the greater Lansing community and its employers.

Now CAMW! is offering a new service to employers – the Business Resource Network.

“We have found great strength collaborating with businesses, partners, councils, staff members and leadership in the community,” said Erin McKenzie, Business Resource Network Manager.“We work with each of those partners to build a stronger region through solutions to help employers retain talent.”

CAMW!’s mission statement, ‘Connecting with business. Strengthening our workforce,” has held true through the years. As the workforce landscape changes over time, CAMW! adapts to the changing needs of capital area businesses and job seekers. Part of CAMW!’s mission is built on a foundation of enhancing business success in the region and helping them to grow and thrive. And that’s exactly what CAMW! is doing with the launch of its Business Resource Network.

The Business Resource Network is a business strategy comprised of local businesses working together to improve job retention and productivity through employee support and training. Courtesy of a grant from State of Michigan, CAMW! is now implementing this model that has been developing for over a decade.

The CAMW! BRN model brings together local employers with community partners to address obstacles that current or future employees might face, through the use of an onsite success coach. If an employee is struggling to find stable child care, reliable transportation or needs assistance navigating finances, the success coach will connect employees to a network of resources that could help that employee secure dependable child care, steady transportation or resources to assist with debt reduction.

“Though there are many reasons why employees may leave a company, the goal is to tackle job retention by addressing the causes of attrition,” mentioned McKenzie. Turnover creates instability in the workplace causing not only loss of employees but a loss of money for that company as well.

“If we can start to identify and remove the barriers that are preventing an employee from keeping their job, or if we remove the barriers that are preventing an employee from advancing in a career, we not only put an employee on the path to financial stability, we strengthen the workforce in a company.”

McKenzie believes the BRN “has the potential for a threefold effect – on the company, employee and community.” “Regardless of ‘why,’ high job turnover creates instability in our businesses, in our homes, and in our communities. By working with individual employees to remove the barriers that keep them from remaining employed or from moving up the ladder in companies, we improve retention, improve workplace engagement, and improve productivity,” McKenzie said.

With the application of the BRN, CAMW! will continue to partner with businesses and job seekers. The future is bright for not only CAMW! but for mid-Michigan as well.

If your company feels it could benefit from a success coach, contact Business Resource Network Manager, Erin McKenzie, or 517-492-5518.


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