Employee living issues on the table at luncheon | SteamboatToday.com

Employee living issues on the table at luncheon

— Employers who are interested in doing more for their employees in terms of affordable housing and helping to provide family-friendly programs in the workplace should attend the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association’s Business-to-Business luncheon Wednesday.

Representatives from the Regional Affordable Living Foundation and First Impressions of Routt County will be leading a discussion about the topics, which affect many Steamboat employees.

First Impressions board member Medora Fralick was instrumental in coordinating the luncheon.

“It’s extremely important to the business community that is struggling with the availability of good employees to look at these issues,” Fralick said. “We want to see family-friendly programs in the workplace that will help employers attract and retain good employees. Too many employers are losing quality employees because these issues are not being met.”

The luncheon will be divided with half of the speaking time going to RALF director Rob Dick and half to First Impressions speakers.

First Impressions has invited a key note speaker from Educare of Colorado to lead the discussion. A panel will then take questions from the audience.

“This is a good thing and it makes monetary sense to become involved in early childhood care and education issues,” Fralick said. “We’re not going to be a bunch of bleeding hearts at this meeting. First Impressions plans to offer solutions to businesses. Some solutions don’t even cost anything, like flexibility in scheduling.”

First Impression community liaison Renee Donahue said that she hopes to have lots of expertise in the audience.

“We hope to convey to employers why child care is a business issue and why businesses should care about whether or not their employees have quality child care,” Donahue said.

The Business to Business luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Pub. Register for the event by calling Stephanie Rhoades at the chamber at 879-0882 before 5 p.m. today. The cost is $15 per person.

— To reach Bryna Larsen call 871-4205 or e-mail blarsen@amigo.net

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