Why: The story I have heard over, and over again from employers is about the younger generation of workforce they are working with. How hard it is to get them off their phones. How hard it is to motivate them. How much the work ethic has changed with the generational differences. The stories are extensive and disturbing. The data is also disturbing as a skills gap plagues America and companies struggle to find the workforce they need to produce their products here.
What: The Ponca Works Ambassador program would take your young promising employee, maybe the one you see a lot of yourself in when you were young, and teach them to tell your story. The story of your company, the story of how you got started, the story of how you’ve lasted, the story of what you make and why you work so hard to do it. Then we will take these young, engaging and prepared story tellers and allow them to tell your narrative to local students. These students will be able to see themselves in the young employees, they will be able to imagine working for you, they will understand what you look for and why they need to think about their future now. It will help them to prepare to be a committed part of the workforce that is before them. It will help to inspire them to work towards the skills that will increase your business.
When: The beginning of 2018 Ponca Works will be hosting a lunch for you (the CEO, president, owner, loudest voice) with your little counterpart. We will explain this program more in depth, lead you through some exercises to help you begin to craft your story together, and then we will continue to work with your ambassador with the guidelines you’ve created together!
Call Ponca Works if you’d like to be involved with this program!
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.