Points of View

With AI on the Rise, Workers and Employers Need to Keep Up

A pandemic-fueled boom in high-tech automation has created opportunities as well as risks. Employers have an opportunity to manage both. The opportunities.

Michigan's Shrinking Workforce: A Report on a Two-Decade Problem

Michigan’s workforce has shrunk by more than 703,000 people since 2000. The big question: Where did those 703,000-plus people go?

Expert Panelists Lined Up to Examine ROI of Upskilling Your Workforce

We’re ready to announce another powerhouse lineup for the next session of our lunchtime Talent Solutions Series.  The event begins at noon on November 9.

Are You Overlooking Your Best Candidates? We Have Solutions

On Oct. 13, the first installment of our lunchtime Talent Solutions Series, "Hiring for Attitude, Training for Skills," takes a look at the vast.

A New Name and a New Series for a New Era of Talent in West Michigan

A new name is just the start as TalentFirst enters a new era of helping West Michigan employers find solutions to historic challenges of attracting,.

Growing talent gap plagues Michigan businesses

Post-pandemic, the number of help-wanted signs and online job postings have soared; it seems a crisis has arisen overnight. The need for talent in.

Exploring the ROI of Pre-K in Michigan

Extensive research has long established that investing in Early Childhood Education pays long-term dividends in academics and life. This has been the.

How West Michigan Businesses are Supporting Postsecondary Attainment

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who in her inaugural address in 2019 included a commitment to ensuring “everyone in the state has the education and skills needed.

Labor Market Trends and Insights from Q4 2021

This week we released our first quarterly labor market report of the year, which spans the fourth quarter of 2021. These reports play an integral role in.

Advancing Diversity in the Workplace with Skills-Based Hiring

Many organizations in West Michigan and beyond desire to increase workforce diversity and inclusion. To reach this goal, one strategy proven to lead to.