Open jobs, a worker scarcity, nurses needed and more mid-Michigan labor news

SAGINAW, MI — Monday, Sept. 5, is Labor Day, a holiday to recognize the American labor movement and celebrate workers, and the unofficial end of summer.

Here’s some recent mid-Michigan labor news to catch up on this holiday weekend:

Inflation, staffing woes trouble mid-Michigan’s small businesses

The early days of the pandemic were challenging, but 2022 is proving even more so for some mid-Michigan businesses.

“I thought the beginning of the pandemic was difficult, but this is the worst that I’ve ever seen in my experience of having a bakery,” said Cierra Warren, owner of Saginaw-based Delicious Sweets Bakeshop. “This is the hardest that the times have been as it relates to inventory, staffing, keeping staff, prices being high. This is the absolute worst time I have seen.”

When it comes to inflation and soaring food prices, “I am mind blown,” Warren said.

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‘I’m just hearing a lot of people who need to be valued,’ job recruiter says

When it comes to the challenges facing mid-Michigan businesses, finding and retaining staff remains at the top of the list.

“It’s taking 16 to 20 weeks to fill a position right now,” said Tricia Rutherford, director of recruiting for Strategic Recruiting Services. “We’re used to pre-pandemic when it was down to four to six, so that’s huge.”

Strategic Recruiting Services, an outsourced human resources/recruiting consulting firm based in Novi, works with small to mid-sized companies with 15 to 250 employees, from Detroit to Bay City. Rutherford, who connects with job candidates via job boards and social media, among other platforms, said younger workers, Millennials and Gen Z, have a new mentality and approach to work-life balance.

What’s she hearing from them?

“We don’t want to work our whole lives and then retire and then have two years of life left to live. So how can I find a job that is going to support me but also give me some freedom and some ability to participate in life?” Rutherford said of 20- and 30-something job seekers. “They don’t want to work 60 hours a week like their parents and grandparents did.”

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Job recruiter offers tips for investing in and keeping mid-Michigan companies’ top talent

At a time when businesses across all industries are struggling to hire and retain staff, a job recruiter who works with small to mid-size companies in Michigan says employers should invest in new hires now to protect their reputation and increase their chances of attracting top talent later.

“Ultimately, companies need to invest today for the word of mouth of tomorrow,” said Tricia Rutherford, director of recruiting for Strategic Recruiting Services. “People want to work for good companies, and if your company has some bad press by previous employees, that can no longer be taken passively or defensively. It has to be approached proactively.”

Strategic Recruiting Services, an outsourced human resources/recruiting consulting firm based in Novi, works with small to mid-sized companies with 15 to 250 employees, from Detroit to Bay City. But Rutherford said employers of any size could benefit from investing in their employees and offered some practical tips for finding and retaining talent.

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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland hiring holiday help at $13 to $19.50 an hour

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, where it’s Christmas every day, is now hiring for the upcoming holiday season.

The Frankenmuth landmark, which bills itself as the world’s largest year-round Christmas store, is hosting a job fair Wednesday, Sept. 7. Job seekers should enter Bronner’s south entrance between 2 pm and 6 pm and visit the program center in section two for on the spot interviews.

The starting wage is $13 per hour and $19.50 per hour on Saturday evenings and Sundays.

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Nurses needed at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center facilities across the state

Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is recruiting nurses to work at health care facilities throughout Michigan, including in Saginaw, Traverse City, Cadillac, Grayling and Oscoda.

VA Nurse Recruiter Kristine Rodgers said the health system, which employs more than 300 nurses across the state, is growing its workforce and hiring registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants.

The pay range is $68,066 to $125,306 for RNs, $44,541 to $68,971 for LPNs, and $33,933 to $55,402 for nursing assistants.

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MyMichigan Health increases minimum wage to $15 per hour

Midland-based MyMichigan Health, formerly MidMichigan Health, has increased its minimum hourly wage to $15 at many of its locations throughout the state.

MyMichigan Health officials announced the pay bump in a news release, attributing it to the health system’s commitment to its employees and an acknowledgment of the current labor market. They said the wage increase affects dining and catering aides, housekeeping staff, security officers and clerical staff.

Read the full story here.

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