The Executive Director of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board is suggesting a possible solution for employers who can't find enough workers.
In a recent presentation to Huron County Council, Gemma Mendez Smith says work-sharing might be a possible answer to filling vacancies for which full-time workers can't be found.
She believes employers might be able to find a way to equal the amount of productivity with two or even three workers, in jobs where one person was employed in the past.
Mendez-Smith says multiple workers sharing the same position may also bring more innovation to a job than a single worker.
She points out that there is a pool of residents age 55 and over who could help fill the labour shortage in Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey Counties, through the work-sharing concept.
The Board is currently conducting its annual EmployerOne survey, which has been used to secure funding aimed at growing the local and regional workforce over the past four years.
Mendez-Smith's presentation came as the December jobless rate in the four Counties edged upward to 3.7 per-cent in December from 3.6 in the previous month.
The provincewide unemployment rate stood at 4.9 per-cent in the final month of 2018.