Boots on the ground workers the backbone of our community

They are the foundation of the business world.
Ask any entrepreneur, corporate executive or local manager what makes or breaks the bottom line and you’ll get the same answer no matter what the industry, current economic climate or location. It’s the people, the boots on the ground workforce, that get things done.
The hard-working men and women who turn the soil, manage the store, teach our children, fix our vehicles and in various ways keep the economic engine of Hamilton County humming along are indeed the backbone of our community, state and nation. It’s fitting and oh so important to tip the hat once in a while to the local workforce, which we’re proud to do with a special section in this week’s News-Register.
This project has taken a number of different approaches in that regard over the years, featuring husband/wife co-owners; veteran employees who bring years of experience to the job; then and now, comparing today’s work environment with yesteryear; and last year looking behind the badge at the job involved with local law enforcement. There are so many different aspects of the workforce it’s not hard to find a tale worth telling.
This year we stayed up late, venturing out after dark to talk to managers and shift workers about the challenges involved with running a business 24/7. Those who work the overnight shift often go unnoticed, punching the clock about the time most people are calling it a day. That shift isn’t for everyone, we learned, but it’s a vital cog in the wheel of several local businesses.
It’s hard enough these days finding candidates for almost any position with 3 percent statewide unemployment. In fact, we’ve heard many managers and owners say they would consider adding staff or expanding their business in some way, if only they could find and keep quality employees. Hiring folks to work the night shift adds to that challenge, though we found out that some people enjoy working while most folks are at home in bed.
More than 22 million Americans work evening, rotating, or on-call shifts, adjusting their sleep cycles and personal lives to get the job done. Their’s is a story worth telling, and reading.
The News-Register’s workforce salute also recognizes where your friends and neighbors go to work every day. I think you’ll enjoy scanning through the many staff photos, connecting the dots on who is behind the scenes of Hamilton County’s business world.
Kurt Johnson

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