Over and over again, low unemployment results in the IDD field facing the same issue in finding staff. The result is a “Desperation Cycle” of hiring anyone that can be found rather than holding a long-range view of workforce development and retention. The “Desperation Cycle” this time will be even more intense. The problem of finding staff will intensify significantly, as the US is experiencing low birth rates and the number of younger people in the workforce becomes an issue by 2030.
This presentation will discuss possible solutions to break the staff shortage cycle by offering research and evidence that is more than “describing the current problem.” The session will focus on devising competitive strategies and seeking long-range commitment and will offer practical solutions to retain a strong and talented workforce and break the desperation cycle we have experienced over the past 50+ years.