Manufacturing HR Roundtable Series

WIRE-Net's HR Roundtable Series provides a unique opportunity to come together with peers and an expert to share experiences, expertise, and learn about the unique issues and challenges faced by manufacturing human resource professionals. Each session has its own focus, but we encourage you to bring your challenges and get up-to-date information from people who can speak your language and share your pain.

This series qualifies for SHRM Professional Development Credits.


1. Attracting a skilled workforce: employee engagement and retention strategies

The number one issue for most companies is attracting and retaining talent. In order to retain top talent, you must be able to recruit effectively. This session will help you define and integrate your recruiting efforts into a retention plan. You will learn:

  • How to raise your employer profile
  • How to deploy recruiting efforts
  • Strategies to retain your top talent

2. Federal Policies Creating Compliance Issues

Is your business struggling with the alphabet soup of employment law? Are you baffled by the newest legislation? This session will give you practical insight from an employer's perspective to take back to your business. We will review current and pressing legal compliance issues and provide insights to realistically implement solutions for compliance.

3. Employee Development/Training

Have you heard of the saying: "What if I train my employees and they leave? What if you don't, and they stay?" Employee training and development is a broad term covering multiple kinds of employee learning. This session explores developing and implementing an employee training strategy and understanding the variety of resources that may be able to help your organization.

4. Managing Safety and Workplace Violence

The cost of injury prevention is far less than the cost of an injury or violent incident. A safe and healthy workplace attracts and retains quality employees, is an asset to the community, operates more efficiently, and enjoys a healthy bottom line. Learn what you can do to promote a safer working environment and how to recognize the factors that contribute to violence in the workplace so that your business and workers can thrive.

5. Managing Employee Attendance

Managing employee attendance is important to ensure that workers are consistently present to do their jobs, and are working productively for the benefit of the organization. Learn how you can create a comprehensive attendance program that will keep employees at work, while reducing health care and worker compensation costs. In addition, learn best practices for managing and tracking FMLA and leave of absence.

6. Effective Compensation Programs

Salary structures are an important component of effective compensation programs and can help you to remain competitive externally and equitable internally. A well-designed salary structure ties employee performance to salary ranges that provides a compensation framework for management. Learn how, when, why to review and update salary structures and the advantages of keeping these up to date during times of growth and change.

"I really enjoyed the attendance discussion and the recuiting session. Maria was so knowledgable and her idea of 'recruiting day' has benefited Oatey in attracting and hiring more operators for our facility."

Lauren Budzik, Oatey Company
Maria Gaeta
About Our Facilitator

Maria Gaeta, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, is an experienced human resources professional who has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University and a certificate in Human Resource Management. Maria has more than 20 years of experience as a human resource executive, director and consultant. The scope of her management and consulting experience includes mid-sized entrepreneurial firms and non-profit organizations.

Maria is an active member in many professional organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Cleveland SHRM and HR Leadership Cleveland. She also volunteers with organizations including Cleveland SHRM, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and NEOVETS. Maria served on the Board of Directors for Cleveland SHRM and was awarded Cleveland SHRM's Member of the Year 2007. She is a frequent speaker on human resources issues and related topics.