Manatee commissioners voice concern about staff turnover at county

Manatee commissioners voice concern about staff turnover at county

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
With nearly a third of the county’s workforce eligible for retirement and annual turnover running at 17 percent, Manatee County commissioners see employee turnover and compensation as ongoing challenges that must be addressed, according to a recent story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Their concerns mirror issues affecting the wider region, as noted in Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s brand-new 2017 regional scan report, Moving Forward Together (download in PDF here).
 
According to the June 12 news story, the county’s HR director told commissioners that “we’re competing for talent,” yet low unemployment and more attractive compensation from the private sector and other local governments means “the availability of talent is shrinking.”
 
Commissioner Vanessa Baugh noted that employee retention has been an ongoing issue since at least 2012, when she took office. “The time is now to take care of our own,” Baugh is quoted as saying. 
 
Manatee’s experience could be viewed as a microcosm of the Gulf Coast region’s, based on the data trends and sentiment of regional leaders compiled in the foundation's new report. The report similarly notes that a third of the Sarasota County Government workforce will be eligible for retirement in a few years as well. Indeed, the second of five regional priorities advanced in the Gulf Coast report -- summarized as "Taking Care of Our Own" -- even echoes the words of Commissioner Baugh.
 
To learn more about the foundation's 2017 regional scan and download the full report, go here.
 
For more data on the four-county Gulf Coast region's workforce, go here.