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B. Employment and Training


Employee Structure


1.

What percentage of your labor force is unionized?

None

1% to 24%

25% to 49%

50% to 74%

75% to 100%


How many employees currently work at this establishment?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

2.

Full-time

3.

Part-time

4.

Temporary


How many employees worked at this establishment three years ago?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

5.

Full-time

6.

Part-time

7.

Temporary


How many employees (estimated) will work at this establishment three years from now?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

8.

Full-time

9.

Part-time

10.

Temporary


If you reported any part-time employees, how many are:


11.

Seasonal

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 or more


12.

Year round

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 or more


13.

If seasonal, when are your busy seasons?

(Select all that apply.)

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter


14.

If seasonal, when are your busy seasons?

(Select all that apply.)

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter


15.

Did your firm's employment change over the past five years?

Yes

No


16.

If yes, please check the three (3) main reasons for the employment change over the past five years.

(Select all that apply.)

Technological changes

Change in management

Growth in demand, or lack of demand

Number of contracts

Business did not exist five years ago

Improved or decreased efficiency

Government regulation

Increased competition

Renovation/expansion

New products/services

Entered new markets

Change in subcontracting

Corporate decisions/policies

Other:


17.

What is your current employment hiring state?

Increasing workforce

Downsizing

Stable


How many unpaid family members work at this establishment?

 

1

2

3

4

5 or more

18.

Currently

19.

Three years ago

20.

Three years from now (estimate)


Management


21.

What is your highest grade of year of school you have completed?

Less than High School Diploma or GED

High School Diploma or GED

Associates or other 2 year college degree

Bachelors degree

Masterís degree or beyond


22.

Prior to opening (joining) this business, had you owned or operated another business?

Yes

No


Recruiting


23.

What resources are you currently using to locate new employees?

(Select all that apply.)

Ad in metro-wide papers

Ad in local community papers

Placement office of four-year or two-year colleges

Private search firms

Referrals from existing employees

Job service

Temporary agency

Hire our own apprentices

Promote from within

Local job fair

Internet/World Wide Web

List other:


Wages and Benefits


24.

Does your company provide benefits to its employees?

Yes (please answer questions about benefits)

No (you may skip the rest of benefit questions)


25.

If yes, what percentage of health care premiums do you pay?

Less than 20%

Between 20 and 40%

Between 41 and 60%

Between 61 and 80%

Greater than 80%


26.

Would you be willing to participate in a collective health care plan sponsored by a local organization, such as a Chamber of Commerce?

Yes

No


27.

Please share the reasons for interest or non-interest in a collective health plan.

(Provide up to three responses.)


Training


28.

What types of General Skills training do your current employees need?

(Select all that apply.)

Basic math

Reading and writing

Interpersonal communications

Basic accounting

English as a second language

Specialized equipment operations

Other :


29.

What types of Managerial Skills training do your current employees need?

(Select all that apply.)

Financial Management

Record keeping

Inventory control

Business planning

Employee management

Other:


30.

What types of Professional Skills training do your current employees need?

(Select all that apply.)

Sales

Marketing

Customer service

Other:


31.

What types of Computer Skills training do your current employees need?

(Select all that apply.)

Word-processing

Spreadsheets

Computer-aided design

Graphic design and layout

Database management

Computer system installation and maintenance

Computer programming

Other:


32.

What specialized Medical Skills do your employees need, if any?

(Provide up to three responses.)


33.

What other Specialized Skills or Specialized Equipment Skills training do your current employees need?

(Provide up to three responses.)


34.

Do your employees require training in any of the following areas?

(Select all that apply.)

Basic workforce skills (e.g., writing, communication skills, team playing, diversity)

English as a second language

Office machine use (e.g., typewriter, calculator, copy machine, Dictaphone)

Computer use (e.g., keyboarding, software)

Computer programming

Management skills

Customer service

Sales

Using new machinery or technology

Other:


35.

How do you currently train your employees?

(Select all that apply.)

Do not provide any employee training

Self-taught (manuals, videos, training materials)

In-house training (one-on-one by supervisor or co-worker, training department classes, etc.)

Send employees to workshops

Contract with private vendors

Contract with public vendors (technical colleges, etc.)

On-the-job training (a government supported program)

Apprenticeships

Distance learning (correspondence, the Internet, TV)

Other:


36.

Please indicate which local schools or training organizations your company uses for employee training.

(Select all that apply.)

No outside school or organization is used

School A

School B

School C

Organization A

Organization B

Other:


37.

What types of training programs have been outsourced to a school or training organization?

(Select all that apply.)

None. All training is internally provided.

General skills

Managerial skills

Professional skills

Computer skills

Specialized skills

Other:


38.

In which of the following outreach programs would your firm be interested?

(Select all that apply.)

Participating in career exploration or shadowing programs for area high school students

Participating in mentoring programs for area high school students

Participating in mentoring programs for tech college or university students

Serving as an apprenticeship site

Providing summer employment for students and/or teachers

Collaborating with other businesses in training students and/or employees (providing space, equipment, or resource people)

Offering training to members of other organizations, such as schools and companies

Serving on a school advisory committee


39.

Please check which of the following best describes your company's budget, in respect to employee training.

We do not budget for individual employee training

$1 - $49 per year/per employee

$50 - $199 per year/per employee

$200 - $999 per year/per employee

$1,000 - $1999 per year/per employee

$2,000+ per year/per employee


40.

Check each area where your company might use an external training service

(Select all that apply.)

Product development processes

Lean manufacturing practices

Workplace skills (comm.., teamwork, decision making, etc.)

Manufacturing techniques

Plant floor management processes

Inventory management practices

Quality programs

Management training

Environmental compliance

IT/e-business fundamentals

Business planning

Other:


41.

Check your three most preferred formats for staff training from outside providers

(Select three.)

Customized off-site training

Customized on-site training

Multi-day conference

Partial-day workshop

One-day seminar

Web-based training

Series of daily classes

Series of weekly classes

Self-study printed material

Other:


42.

Please list three training seminars that would benefit your current employees.

(Provide up to three responses.)


Location and Housing


43.

If more than 50% of your employees live outside the COMMUNITY, please indicate why you think this is the case.


44.

If your workforce expanded by 10%, would there be affordable housing for these workers within 30 minutes of your place of business?

Yes

No

Uncertain


From your perspective as a businessperson, please rate housing opportunities in this community for OWNED homes.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Very poor

45.

Quality

46.

Availability

47.

Affordability

48.

Location


From your perspective as a businessperson, please rate housing opportunities in this community for RENTAL housing.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Very poor

49.

Quality

50.

Availability

51.

Affordability

52.

Location


How many paid employees currently work at this establishment?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

53.

Year-round full-time

54.

Year-round part-time

55.

Summer seasonal full-time

56.

Summer seasonal part-time

57.

Winter seasonal full-time

58.

Winter seasonal part-time


How many paid employees worked at this establishment three years ago?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

59.

Year-round full-time

60.

Year-round part-time

61.

Summer seasonal full-time

62.

Summer seasonal part-time

63.

Winter seasonal full-time

64.

Winter seasonal part-time


How many paid employees (estimated) will work at this establishment three years from now?

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

65.

Year-round full-time

66.

Year-round part-time

67.

Summer seasonal full-time

68.

Summer seasonal part-time

69.

Winter seasonal full-time

70.

Winter seasonal part-time


How many of your current jobs are held by students?

Specify the number of high school and/or college students.

 

1

2

3

4

5 or more

71.

High school

72.

College


How many of your jobs three years ago were held by students?

Specify the number of high school and/or college students.

 

1

2

3

4

5 or more

73.

High school

74.

College


How many of your jobs in three years (estimated) will be held by students?

Specify the number of high school and/or college students.

 

1

2

3

4

5 or more

75.

High school

76.

College


Do you expect the number of employees you have in each of the following categories to increase, stay the same, or decrease over the next three years?

 

Increase

Stay the Same

Decrease

77.

General labor

78.

General production labor

79.

Precision production/specialty skills

80.

Clerical

81.

Sales

82.

Professional/management

83.

Temporary/contract employees

84.

Youth employees


Please estimate the number of your full-time employees by occupation.

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

85.

Management

86.

Professional or technical

87.

Marketing or sales

88.

Administrative support

89.

Agriculture, forestry or fishing

90.

Service occupations

91.

Precision production

92.

Operator or laborer


Please estimate the average hourly wage of your full-time employees by occupation.

 

Less than $8.00 per hour

$8.00 to $9.99 per hour

$10.00 to 14.99 per hour

$15.00 to $19.99 per hour

$20.00 to $24.99 per hour

$25.00 to $29.99 per hour

$30.00 or more per hour

93.

Management

94.

Professional or technical

95.

Marketing or sales

96.

Administrative support

97.

Agriculture, forestry or fishing

98.

Service occupations

99.

Precision production

100.

Operator or laborer


Please estimate the number of your part-time employees by occupation.

 

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21 to 25

26 to 50

51 or more

101.

Management

102.

Professional or technical

103.

Marketing or sales

104.

Administrative support

105.

Agriculture, forestry or fishing

106.

Service occupations

107.

Precision production

108.

Operator or laborer


Overall, how do you rate your employees with respect to their work attitude and quality?

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

109.

Attitude toward work

110.

Quality of work


How would you rate the local labor force?

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

111.

Quality

112.

Quantity

113.

Availability

114.

Stability


Does your company have problems recruiting employees in the following categories?

 

Yes

No

Unsure

115.

Sales

116.

Clerical

117.

Maintenance

118.

Janitorial

119.

Technician

120.

Management

121.

Professional


Recruiting (1)


122.

List any other types of employees (not listed above) that your company has difficulty recruiting.


123.

If you answered "yes" above, check the items below that best describe the nature of your recruiting problem.

(Select all that apply.)

Poor work attitudes

Inadequate labor skills

High cost of training employees

Competition for seasonal or part-time employees

High wage rates for labor

Workers will not migrate into the area

Other:


Benefits

 

Health insurance

Paid vacation time

Paid sick leave

Profit sharing

Retirement/401K contribution

Uniforms/uniform allowance

Child care/dependent benefits

Other:

124.

Which of the following benefits are available to your full-time employees?

125.

Which of the following benefits are available to your part-time employees?


What is the average starting hourly wage paid to full-time employees in each category?

 

Less than $8.00 per hour

$8.00 to $9.99 per hour

$10.00 to 14.99 per hour

$15.00 to $19.99 per hour

$20.00 to $24.99 per hour

$25.00 to $29.99 per hour

$30.00 or more per hour

126.

General labor

127.

General production

128.

Precision production/specialty skilled

129.

Clerical

130.

Sales

131.

Professional/management


What is the average wage for workers with at least 3-years experience in each category?

 

Less than $8.00 per hour

$8.00 to $9.99 per hour

$10.00 to 14.99 per hour

$15.00 to $19.99 per hour

$20.00 to $24.99 per hour

$25.00 to $29.99 per hour

$30.00 or more per hour

132.

General labor

133.

General production

134.

Precision production/specialty skilled

135.

Clerical

136.

Sales

137.

Professional/management


What is the average wage for each of the following types of workers?

 

Less than $8.00 per hour

$8.00 to $9.99 per hour

$10.00 to 14.99 per hour

$15.00 to $19.99 per hour

$20.00 to $24.99 per hour

$25.00 to $29.99 per hour

$30.00 or more per hour

138.

Full-time year-round

139.

Part-time year-round

140.

Full-time seasonal

141.

Part-time seasonal


Benefits by type of employee

 

Health plan

Retirement

Vacation

Sick leave

142.

Which of the following benefits do you offer to full-time year-round employees?

143.

Which of the following benefits do you offer to part-time year-round employees?

144.

Which of the following benefits do you offer to full-time seasonal employees?

145.

Which of the following benefits do you offer to part-time seasonal employees?


Please rate the usefulness of the training programs your company has used.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

146.

Education/Training Program A

147.

Education/Training Program B

148.

Education/Training Program C

149.

Education/Training Program D


Please indicate where most of your employees live.


150.

Within 5 miles of your business location


151.

Within 5 to 20 miles of your business location


152.

More than 20 miles from your business location


Please estimate the percentage of your employees that live in the following areas.


153.

Area A


154.

Area B


155.

Area C


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