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Tomball Leaders Discuss Shifting Workforce at Business Roundtable

Tomball Leaders Discuss Shifting Workforce at Business Roundtable

Recent expansion of business and industry is driving development in Tomball and sparking collaborative efforts to find creative solutions for challenges that come with economic growth. Tomball’s Business Roundtable was founded in 2018 as a Tomball Economic Development Corporation (Tomball EDC) strategic initiative. Collaborating with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and local business and industry, the Business Roundtable brings city leaders and business executives together quarterly to tackle topics critical to continued business growth in Tomball.

The first Business Roundtable of 2019 was held March 6th at Packers Plus Energy Services, located in the emerging Tomball Business and Technology Park. Approximately 30 Tomball business and community leaders gathered at Packers Plus to discuss how to bridge the generational divide in the workplace. Business and city leaders shared experiences of hiring, working with, and managing the younger generations that are rapidly entering the workforce.

Donielle Miller with Lone Star College-Tomball shared ways future generations learn, lead, and communicate. Miller emphasized that millennials crave a different workplace involvement that businesses should understand as they focus on building a younger workforce.

 “Millennials seek emotionally satisfying experiences at work. Their careers really are at the core of who they are,” Miller told Tomball’s city and business leadership. Miller also stressed the need to find commonality among various generations in the workforce so that a business creates shared objectives.

“All generations want a mix of a happy work life and a happy personal life. Most everyone wants to feel engaged, receive fair pay, and be respected. Generations can work together to achieve these ultimate goals,” Miller said.

The Tomball EDC recognizes the need to value both a younger workforce and experienced leaders who have located their businesses in the growing Tomball region.

“With the workforce in Tomball continuing to shift younger, we believe that it is critical to bring the business community together to share experiences and best practices on working with our future generations,” said Kelly Violette, Executive Director of the Tomball EDC. “There are clear generational differences. Events like this help our local businesses bridge that gap and create a stronger business environment.”

The Business Roundtable continues to bring together leaders to discuss topics critical to the Tomball business community. The next quarterly meeting, scheduled for June 2019, for information about the quarterly Business Roundtable or to discuss business opportunities in Tomball, check out Tomball EDC’s website, www.tomballtxedc.org, or call to talk with one of Tomball’s certified economic development professionals about how they are actively recruiting new, quality businesses and manufacturing to Tomball while retaining family-owned businesses and high-tech corporate industry. Find out how your business can thrive in Tomball, Texas.

By: Ross Winkler

Winkler Public Relations