GREENVILLE – Five chambers of commerce in West Central Ohio have rolled out a new wage and benefits survey to their members after local businesses expressed the need. The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, Aug. 21, at the request of multiple businesses.

West Central Ohio chambers’ wage and benefits survey is a collaborative effort of the Celina-Mercer, Darke, Preble and Southwestern Auglaize counties and Wapakoneta Area chambers.

Miami Valley chambers have conducted a similar survey since 2007, with Shelby County joining the process several years ago.

“This cooperative effort of neighboring chambers not only promotes a closer relationship amongst the chambers, but more importantly offers the advantage of sharing resources to provide information for our members,” said Sharon Deschambeau, president, Darke County Chamber of Commerce.

In January, the Human Resources (HR) Council of the Darke County Chamber began discussing conducting the survey in conjunction with other chambers in the region.

“All of the West Central Ohio chamber executives quickly decided that this was of benefit to our memberships,” Deschambeau said.

“As with any wage and benefits survey, the more businesses participating the better the data,” explained Darke County HR Council Chairman Peggy Schultz.

Schultz, vice president of Human Resources at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, encourages all business owners to participate in the local wage and benefits survey and said all will benefit from the information.

“Many human resources professionals have participated in regional and national surveys and while this data is good, a local wage and benefits survey provides businesses with the data necessary to become and/or remain competitive in today’s local market place,” Schultz said. “Becoming or simply remaining competitive within a particular industry is key to attracting and retaining the employee base we each need.”

Jason Murphy, senior manager, Human Resources, at Whirlpool said the company is excited about the creation of the survey.

“The data provided will help local businesses remain competitive and meet the needs of our working communities. I encourage all employers to participate and provide any necessary feedback,” said Murphy.

The survey is especially beneficial to businesses and organizations that operate in multiple areas, like Council on Rural Services, that operate in nine counties.

“The survey is a user-friendly and practical tool to assist regional employers in determining appropriate and competitive wages for our area,” said Millie Woryk, chief HR and administration officer, Council on Rural Services.

Greenville National Bank participated in the Miami Valley Chamber Wage and Benefit Survey. Gloria Harpest, assistant vice president, Human Resources encourages area businesses to help.

“The West Central Ohio survey is a great opportunity for our local area,” said Harpest.

Survey Designer Scott Hamman said the survey is completed electronically and businesses are assigned an identification number.

“The information submitted this year is saved and next year survey participants will only have to review and update the information,” said Hamman. “All completed forms are confidential and respondents will not be identified in the results.”

Survey results are expected to be available early September, said Hamman, when many businesses begin to strategically plan for 2016.

The results will be distributed free of charge to those who participate. Chamber member businesses that do not participate will have to purchase it at $50 per copy. The cost for non-chamber members is $100.

The West Central Ohio Survey is fully compliant with the Antitrust Safety Zone statements issued by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Businesses will find a link to the survey posted on the websites of the Celina-Mercer County Chamber http://www.celinamercer.com/, Darke County Chamber http://www.darkecountyohio.com/ , Preble County Chamber http://www.preblecountyohio.com/ , Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber http://www.auglaize.org/ , and Wapakoneta Area http://www.wapakoneta.com/ .

Contact your local chamber for additional information.

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