Straight Talk on Staffing Solutions to Combat the Labor Crisis

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Speaking Engagement
2022 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show, Seminar; Elkhart Lake, WI

Labor & Employment Attorney Anthony (Tony) Steffek will be a panel member at the 2022 Wisconsin Lodging Conference on November 7th. During this session, the panel will dig into the staffing crisis in the lodging industry and share new approaches to navigate this complicated landscape.

The lodging industry is facing a hiring crisis. While sales and demand bounce back, many properties struggle to fill open positions. In an increasingly competitive and candidate-driven environment, many property owners and operators are seeking solutions to tap into the supply of potential employees by keeping existing workers ultra-engage and productive.  During this session, our panel will dig into the current staffing crisis within the lodging industry. The discussion will examine why the staffing crisis occurred, what people are currently experiencing in their businesses, what tools property owners and operators can use to recruit and retain strong team members, and legal considerations.

Other panelists include Tasha Jenkins from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Carmen Smalley from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and  Manny Lara from WorkShift.

The 2022 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show will be held November 6-8 at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – the full schedule can be found here. This annual conference is the largest gathering of Wisconsin lodging owners, operators, and professionals in the state. WHLA members and event attendees also include hospitality vendors, educators, and students. Event programming and activities are planned by WHLA’s Education/Conference committee, a volunteer group of Wisconsin lodging professionals. We are pleased to share that the theme for this year’s conference is “Resilience and Reinvention”. The theme will connect all educational sessions and our awards presentations. We will be sharing information on student attendee opportunities soon. 


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