Manufacturing labor and workforce issues

Ideas to recruit, manage and retain today’s manufacturing workforce

The lack of skilled workers remains a challenge that is limiting growth. Attracting capable personnel, balancing their benefits and costs, and training younger employees as older workers retire are among the continuing workforce challenges manufacturers are facing. As a consequence, many firms are collaborating with local colleges, trade schools and high schools on training programs to nurture a workforce that can provide the skills they need for future growth. While recruiting efforts will be a priority, manufacturers also need to identify what business processes can be automated; investigate partnerships with other companies to share costs; and consider leveraging outsourcing to compensate for a lack of needed skills and services.



Artificial intelligence is not taking over your job—it’s enhancing it

Skepticism regarding artificial intelligence is understandable, but it’s often based on a misunderstanding of what AI really is.


The manager’s apprentice: Developing the workforce of the future

Interest in apprenticeship programs is rising, and a number of initiatives are focused on launching and maintaining them.


Skills are only part of the workforce dilemma to attract personnel

With much of the manufacturing workforce set to retire soon, companies that make work more personally satisfying will reap the rewards.


Finding opportunities to enhance workforce investments

In three key areas—employee training, safety and engagement―some companies have reaped positive returns on investment.