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Workforce Essentials Wins 2018 Top Workplaces Award

TWP_Tennessean_Portrait_2018_AWWorkforce Essentials, Inc. has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Tennessean. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

President Marla Rye stated, “Being named a Tennessee Top Workplace for the third year in a row validates Workforce Essentials as an awesome place to work!  What makes it special? It’s our people and purpose.  We have the most dedicated and professional staff that are committed to our purpose of helping others to be successful.  It’s a winning combination!”  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator Kim Robertson who has taken the lead on this project all three years.  She always wants Workforce Essentials to shine in all that we do.

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage.  It’s a big deal.”

Congrats everyone; you deserve it!

Marla W. Rye, President

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Governor Haslem Signs realignment of Workforce Areas

LWDASOn May 24th, 2018, Governor Haslem signed off on the recommendation of the State Workforce Board to realign the existing Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).  This game changing movement marks the first time the local areas have been realigned since the late 1990s.

The State Board began reviewing the structure of the areas in February when Grundy County requested to move to LWDA 5 to align with the economically thriving Chattanooga region.  This prompted the Board to wonder if it would make more sense for the Workforce areas to align with the Job Base Camps of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Embracing the regional concept, Commissioner Phillips invited all the county mayors and executives in the state to regional meetings to outline the changes in April.  After the mayors received the proposed changes with support, the State Workforce Board met on May 11th and approved the realignment, sending it to the Governor for final designation.

The current 13 LWDAs will be reconfigured into 9 Job Base Camps.  What does this mean for LWDA 8?  It means that it will be merged with LWDA 9 to form a mega region called the North Middle TN Jobs Base Camp.  The region will be the largest in the State with a population of over 1.929,000!  The new area is a regional economic engine with unprecedented job growth.  Seven of the lowest unemployment rates in the State are in this new region.  Other changes include the merger of LWDA’s 6 and 10, as well as, alignment of area’s 2, 3, and 4.

The merger will require many changes to be made during the next six months.  Immediately, the Mayors of the North Middle Camp will have to meet and elect a new Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO).  Once named, the CLEO will have to appoint a fiscal agent to manage the WIOA funding.  The two Workforce Boards will have to merge through reappointment by the County Mayors and a Board Staff must be hired for the new region.  Again, a lot has to be done in a short amount of time.

How does this effect Workforce Essentials? State policy dictates that One-Stop-Operator and Career Service Provider Contracts must be rebid by this fall.  Based upon what we know now, after the administrative changes have been finalized, it looks like we will be in the proposal writing business again.

What can you do help during the transition?  It’s easy… continuing serving the job seekers and employers that need our help!  The performance of Workforce Essentials staff is the common denominator in the two Workforce regions.  If we are to continue to provide services, we need to put our heads down and continue to charge forward in providing excellent customer service!

The only constant is change… Let’s embrace it and move forward focusing on the positive momentum and opportunity to make the North Middle TN Job Base Camp the best!

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WIOA/ TAA Services to Employers Conference 2018

Marla and AndreaAndrea Dillard and I were asked to present at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development WIOA/ TAA Conference held in Nashville this week. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that assists US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.  The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed.

On Wednesday, we presented a total of five sessions.  Over 200 workforce development professionals across Tennessee, as well as representatives from Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina were on hand to learn more about the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.  Andrea and I had the opportunity to share with the group our experience in Robertson County when the Sensata plant closed.  The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development selected Workforce Essentials to pilot a partnership to enhance the delivery of training services at the local level.  Specifically, the State expressed an interest in offering On-the-Job Training opportunities to Sensata workers.  At the conference, we explained the differences between OJTs under WIOA Title I and TAA.  We utilized an interactive software platform to inform our audience through a series of questions and answers.  It was a great event!

Marla W. Rye, President

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WE are Family!

imagesIt is hard to believe that we are two months into 2018 already!  With the implementation of two new contracts and multiple changes occurring in the WIOA Title 1 program, I created the slogan, #WEPositive2018 to emphasize an optimistic attitude and approach toward our work.  It seemed only fitting with the numerous challenges that we are facing, that we tackle our tasks with enthusiasm and a “can do” positive attitude in order to achieve our performance goals.

Little did I know that I would be dealing with my father’s sickness and death in just over 30 days after the start of the new year.  While I’m still committed to #WEPositive2018, your outpouring of love and support through this difficult time has led me to another conclusion:  #WEareFamily

I am forever grateful for my Workforce Essentials family.  You will never know how much I appreciated your prayers, telephone calls, visits, flowers, food, donations, and sympathy cards.  It has reinforced how blessed I am to work with such great people.  Yes, WEareFamily!

Marla Rye, President

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