How to Retain Employees in a Competitive Labor Market

One thing most U.S. businesses have in common is a lack of the skilled workers needed to sustain and grow their businesses. There is a great deal of focus on recruiting and training new hires, but some employers may be overlooking the importance of creating solid strategies to keep the workforce they have. Employee turnover is much more expensive than a strategy to create loyalty and keep workers. Shirley Adams is an experienced human resources professional and an adjunct professor at Rollins College. She also is an instructor for the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s Marine Service Managers course. Shirley enjoys developing programs to build strong, productive teams for organizations, especially in the marine industry where she worked for 28 years.

Shirley Adams, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Shirley Adams is an experienced HR professional and trainer with over 30 progressive years of hands-on operations and strategic leadership skills and abilities. Working with varied size organizations has given her a well-rounded knowledge of HR with direct management functions to include: Safety and Environmental, Payroll and Benefits, Employee Relations, Recruitment, Selection & Retention and various Operations activities. Believing that people are the key to success, Shirley has a passion for helping organizations work towards aligning their human capital resources with the corporate strategic plan and mission to maximize efficiency and profit. Shirley has spent the last several years working with a group of marine industry professionals to bring an Apprenticeship model of certification to the marine industry.

Shirley spent 28 years working with Nautique Boat Company and Correct Craft as the Director of Human Resources. Currently Shirley owns her own HR Consulting business providing various HR, Training Seminars and Operational functions as well as serving as an adjunct professor for Rollins College in Winter Park FL. Shirley is currently serving as the Secretary of the Marine Industry Training and Education Council (MITEC) and Board Member for the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) as well as past Board Chair for The Grove Counseling Center.