Detroit Lakes Chamber to host workforce retention speaker Nov. 17

The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Mike Henke, a recruiting and retention specialist and HR trainer from Nebraska, to the American Legion in Detroit Lakes from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2021. Lunch will be provided and the event is titled: Adjusting to a Changing Workforce.

A nationally-renown workforce retention trainer will be speaking in Detroit Lakes on Nov. 17.

The event will be hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and held at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., according to promotional material for the event.

Mike Henke, a recruiting and retention specialist and HR trainer from Nebraska, is expected to talk to attendees about how businesses can find, retain and develop employees in an challenging working environment.

"It's called Adjusting to a Changing Workforce," said Henke. "It kind of helps connect to what are candidates looking for today as far as recruiting, what are current employees looking for today."

Henke added the workforce has completely changed over the past 20 years, while employers have only changed slightly, and they will need to make adjustments if they want to stay competitive in the future.


Preferred employer status, Henke said, is something that every company should strive for to remain relevant as fewer candidates seek a large number of current openings.

"It means that candidates want to work for that company," said Henke. "They've heard such good things that they want to find a way to get hired by them."

Henke added, if a company is not at that preferred employer level, they are probably losing employees to someone who is.

Henke hosts trainings on dozens of different topics in the leadership, human resources and wellness field, according to his website.

"As far as engaging workers, which is your best recruiting tool, if your current staff is happy, and has good things to say about your organization, then that is really going to make the biggest difference in today's world," he said.

Lunch will also be provided for all of the attendees.

"The neat things about this workshop is that it is going to be good for large employers, all the way down to a small downtown business, and it's not industry-specific either," he said.

The lunch workshop will be interactive, Henke said. He wants each business to share their greatest challenges with their workforce with the other attendees and they will hopefully get a possible solution right there at the event.


"There's so many successful organizations in Detroit Lakes … but my message is, what has worked for the last 40 years, I'm not saying you throw all that out the window, but that playbook probably isn't going to work anymore," said Henke. "You're going to have to open your mind, you're going to have to implement some new things, if you truly want to be that preferred employer."

Tickets for the event are $45 for chamber members and $55 for non-members. RSVP your spot by calling, 218-847-9202, before Nov. 15

Adjusting to a Changing Workforce, event flyer, Nov. 8, 2021. (submitted)

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