Iowa Ideas 2022

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Workforce

Employer and employee perspectives on trends and issues among key industries.

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  • DES MOINES — Iowans who want to use the state website for job search information remain unable to do so, as the iowaworks.gov website remained down Friday, as it has been all week. The outage is an issue with the site’s vendor, Geographic Solutions, which is dealing with a similar challenge in other states the company serves.
  • DES MOINES — Education policy affecting K-12 schools, including creating a “parental bill of rights” and a voucher program allowing families to use public money for private tuition, was front and center Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol. Up for discussion were legislative proposals that would:
  • Coffee Emporium is far from the only place for a Cedar Rapidian to get a caffeine fix. But the baristas have something that many of their counterparts at other coffee shops in Iowa might not have — 401(k) and retirement benefits.
  • There are winners and losers in the business world, as Ronald Cox sees it. As other states see a population boom and Iowa’s population growth lags, businesses here must compete to draw new people into the workforce. Cox, director of Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service, said Iowa historically has had a higher labor ...
  • Iowa manufacturers are turning to automation as a way to continue to keep production up and to grow despite tight labor supply. What does this mean for employers, and what opportunities and risks does it make for Iowa's economy? Will Iowa be able to grow enough people to keep Iowa's manufacturing sector competitive with other regions? Panelists ...
  • 2020 has shined light on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies (or lack of) among employers of all shapes and sizes. While some may seek a quick fix solution, others are pursuing a deep assessment of their workplace culture, team dynamics, hiring and retention practices and beyond. Hear from employers along with d&amp;I resources and th...
  • After getting real momentum behind building school-business partnerships, the COVID-19 pandemic brought traditional work and learning experiences to a halt last spring. How can the state regain the momentum behind the school-business partnerships that were blossoming across the state? How have groups pivoted or adjusted? We'll check in with some...
  • Iowa has seen significant economic growth in the energy and food industries, but what's on the horizon? Some say ed tech, while energy still has significant potential. Our panel will discuss that as well as other policy ideas as the state looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and derecho. Panelists include: Ron Corbett, Business Retention ...
  • The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed the ideas of working from home. What does the work from home change mean for employees and workers? How will this change the ideas of the work day, burnout, the need for large offices and what might need to change for employers and employees? Panelists include: Scott Olson, Broker Associate, Skogman...
  • When Kwynton DeLarm came out as a transgender man on Facebook in 2016, he prepared himself for a backlash. Instead, he received love and support from his friends and family as he began navigating health care, health insurance and the workforce as a transgender man.

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