One Solution For Wastewater Brain Drain? Increase Pay
Of the many challenges faced by the wastewater treatment industry today, perhaps none are more acute than the threat of “brain drain” — the loss of institutional knowledge that comes from one generation of wastewater professionals retiring without enough of a workforce entering the field to replace it. While there are a number of potential solutions to this problem being explored, two neighboring Ohio communities believe it may all come down to wages and education.
“The workforce shortage is squeezing anyone looking to hire,” Lima Ohio reported. “During today’s already tight labor market, local governments — just like private companies — are having to find new ways to train and attract the right people to their organizations.”