Points of View

A Systemic Approach to the Talent Puzzle

On Wednesday, December 6th, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, TalentFirst was joined by expert practitioners from Corewell Health for an enriching.

Some Promising Attention to Michigan's Early Literacy Crisis

The alarm bell is still ringing, but we are seeing signs that communities are waking up to the early literacy crisis that has been building for years in.

Population Headlines Are Grim, but West Michigan is Doing Something Right

A recent Bridge Michigan article might have surprised anyone accustomed to dismissing our neighbor to the south, Indiana.

Let's Solve These Talent Puzzles: Onboarding and Career Pathways

Retention is the name of the game in today’s talent market. All the effort that goes into recruiting can be wasted if you can’t keep your new hires — or.

Report proposes solutions to poverty wages driving child care crisis

NEWS RELEASE: Grand Rapids, MI (October 19, 2023) In response to a two-decade decline in Michigan’s child care workforce, a new report lays the groundwork.

DEI: The Ethos of the New Workforce

We have all heard the proverb “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” by Thomas Reid. This proverb means that regardless of how strong the links.

How to Build a Strong Employer Brand – and Put it to Work

Your brand as an employer is not just what you say it is. It’s how candidates — and current employees — actually experience your employee value.

Making Michigan a Leader in Adult Postsecondary Attainment Starts Here

With the Midwest’s lowest percentage of adults having a postsecondary credential, Michigan faces multiple challenges — and has less than seven years — to.

Culture Must be Managed by Design, Not Default

On Thursday, September 28th, TalentFirst hosted the second gathering of our HR Council, comprised of West Michigan HR & Diversity strategy leaders, at the.

New Dashboard Provides Tools to Tackle Michigan's Early Literacy Crisis

With tests showing a continuing decline in early literacy in Michigan, TalentFirst has published an interactive dashboard documenting third-grade reading.