Business leaders encourage flexibility, creativity to meet workforce needs

WORK READY: R.I. Department of Labor & Training Director Matthew Weldon, second from the right, speaks on Tuesday during PBN’s summit on Workforce Development held at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Joining Weldon on the panel are, from the left, Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president, Steve Duvel, Gilbane Building Co. senior vice president, Nina Pande, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future executive director, and Doug Sherman, New England Institute of Technology senior vice president and provost. Also pictured is PBN editor Mike Mello, who moderated the discussion. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
PROVIDENCE — With employers in nearly every industry reporting recruitment and retention as among their largest challenges – if not the largest – employers need to stay on top of workforce and employee priorities, according to industry leaders. “It’s an employees’ market, and we all know it,” said Lisa Abbott, senior vice president of human…

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