Data Nugget: Workforce Woes

The workforce challenges facing association employers, according to a recent survey.

Associations are facing a variety of workforce challenges, according to Association Laboratory’s recent “Looking Forward 2017” survey. More than half of the 300-plus respondents attributed their challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified staff to a scarcity of candidates, especially as large numbers of older staffers are retiring.

To meet their workforce needs, associations will have to find new solutions, which could include “adopting nonemployee or strategic contractor relationships and exploring more distributed business models that don’t rely on employees or people within a concentrated geographic area,” says Dean West, president of Association Laboratory. “Instead, using remote workforce technology and cloud-based systems, they can engage people with the necessary skills regardless of their location, broadening their available talent base.”

Factors Contributing to Association Workforce Challenges

53 percent: Fewer younger workers to replace retirees

52 percent: The supply of qualified workers is limited

39 percent: Meeting staff development needs

37 percent: Providing benefits that attract younger workers

35 percent: Creating an attractive career path

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