Northbrook's Industrial and Commercial Development Commission, whose role is to help foster a healthy business climate in Northbrook, has asked area businesses about challenges hiring and retaining employees.
Business representatives were asked to describe their efforts to recruit and retain employees and any obstacles specific to Northbrook. All attributed some of their challenge to affluent demographics.
Shaun Nordgaarden of Waterway Carwash said he recruits mostly younger workers, which is a challenge in wealthy communities because many students do not need to work. Once new employees are on board, he says that being flexible with schedules is important.
“It’s worth the effort to be accommodating,” he said.
“It’s super challenging to hire here due to where we live,” Lauren Levy of Lord & Taylor at Northbrook Court said.
The other store locations have a different demographics and better access to public transportation.
Macy's H.R. Manager Sarah Burns echoed similar experiences and noted a significant decline in new applications.
Some executives said that transportation improvements and job fairs could help with recruitment efforts. The Northbrook chamber is looking into options to best help employers.