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10 May, 2010 | (01 hr)

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The economic downturn of the past two years was met by most companies in the U.S. by rapid and sometimes drastic workforce reductions.  While some of this restructuring represents a necessary response to long term changes in the economy, companies are now facing skill gaps in their workforce as the economy recovers.  Employee engagement among those remaining in the company is also an issue as labor markets begin to open up and the opportunity to move becomes available again.  How can companies think more long term about their workforce and retain and reward the skilled, engaged workforce that gives them a competitive advantage through the ups and downs of the business cycle, in good times and in bad?

This webcast will examine two companies that have taken a long term approach to managing their workforce.  Cleveland-based manufacturer Lincoln Electric has delivered on its promise of guaranteed continuous employment through good times and bad for decades, while the company has thrived. Flexible hours and job assignments, combined with a merit-based bonus system, have helped ensure a skilled an engaged workforce and community growth and prosperity while defying conventional wisdom on workforce management. 


Frank Koller

Frank Koller
author and economics journalist

Frank Koller is a former foreign correspondent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC News.) Over nearly thirty years with CBC, he reported from hot spots around the world with a special emphasis on the United States and East and Southeast Asia. He has long been fascinated by the ways in...Full Bio

John Stropki

John Stropki
Chairman, President and CEO
Lincoln Holdings, Inc

John Stropki has been a Director of the Lincoln Holdings since 1998. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2004 and elected Chairman of the Board in October 2004. From May 2003 to June 2004, he served as Lincoln’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Stropki started at Lincoln ...Full Bio

Russell Morris

Russell Morris (Moderator)
Vice President, US Councils
The Conference Board

Russell Morris is the vice president of US Councils at The Conference Board. He leads an amazing team that supports and engages almost 3,000 senior executives in a broad array of executive peer-learning networks. From its first Council on Personnel in 1927 to its latest Council on Intelligent Aut...Full Bio

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