This is Bill, founder of Cool Works. I'm sitting on a panel at Jackson Lake Lodge
in a couple of weeks and need some help from you, the heroes.
We five Cool Works employees put in a good bit of seasonal time before we got this thing going. We've pumped gas, waited tables, driven buses and boats and made beds. We've done the double-seasonal thing and struggled to find a way to stay in the great places that attracted us. We've brain-stormed over the years about whether there is a way that Cool Works can help passionate and talented people patch together more of a career path among multiple employers in a particular region. Can you imagine, or have you experienced, anything like a “Co-Op” of winter and summer employers that actively work together to hold seasonal talent in a particular region? In a perfect world such a group of employers would orchestrate benefits, training, housing and foster the growth and development of a regional talent pool.
My angle at this conference is to speculate on what seasonal employees are looking for in Greater Yellowstone, and how many employees might commit to a year-round contract if a variety of work experiences, education and housing were all part of the package. I hope we have a lively discussion among the employers there, but what will be missing is YOUR thoughts on this notion.
Please weigh in if you have any thoughts or experiences to share. I'd love to be able to bring some insights from you folks on the front-line.
P.S. - LOVE all the buzz on MyCoolWorks of people traveling to and starting work. Makes me want to hit the road.