Chicagoland WC: Alternative Workforce Options in Oak Brook
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Join the Chicagoland WERCouncil for the January Educational Forum: Alternative Workforce Options: The Value of Providing a Second Chance

 Export to Your Calendar 1/17/2019
When: Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00 PM
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Hamburger University
2715 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, Illinois  60523
United States
Contact: JoAnna Leon

Online registration is available until: 1/11/2019
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January Educational Forum
Alternative Workforce Options:
The Value of Providing a Second Chance

Thursday, January 17th from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hamburger University, Oak Brook

Both widespread and pervasive throughout our field, the warehouse labor shortage is forcing employers to become increasingly creative to find untapped sources of qualified workers. In this Educational Forum, long-time warehousing practitioner Scott Whiting will share how one 3PL succeeded in resolving their labor shortage challenge by embracing a new hiring approach based on collaboration and flexibility.

Whiting, a former vice president and general manager of Merchandise Warehouse in Indianapolis, will detail the business value of recruiting from labor pools that have generally been overlooked. Included among these potential workers are ex-offenders and persons with transportation or childcare challenges. Frequently considered to be "at-risk" workers, Whiting will share statistics on how a little flexibility on the part of the employers goes a long way toward gaining tremendous employee loyalty with little to no absenteeism among this workforce.

"Most people want to work, and those out of work are not lazy," he explains. "Companies have to refuse to size people up by whether or not they have a job and instead give them a second chance. Whether it be scheduling, childcare and transportation issues, or the need to check in with parole agencies, a little flexibility on the part of employers can allow a great employee to keep working." 

In this session, Whiting will share examples of corporate policies that support increased employee flexibility. He will also offer insight into how to partner with community-based organizations to both tap into a new pool of potential employees, and to gain access to local programs that help employers with training costs. 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration | Networking with Vendors
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation by Scott Whiting
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adjourn| Networking with Vendors
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WERC Member: 
Non-Members: $50.00


Hamburger University

2715 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL 60523


For questions regarding registration, please contact the WERC Office at 630.320.5807 or

RSVP Deadline: Friday, January 11th at 3:00 pm
  • Pre-registration is required through the link below.
  • There are no refunds and/or credits for cancellations or no-shows for this event.  

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