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What are you doing to bridge the talent gap? 8 tips to help manufacturers recruit and retain skilled workers

We’ve heard it in conversations with clients, in our most recent CEO survey, and in our latest Manufacturing Barometer report: industrial manufacturing companies are having trouble filling jobs. And manufacturers say they plan to add jobs in the next year, so the problem will become more acute even in the short term. With many people still unemployed, why is there a problem? The issue is finding the right people for the available positions. Increasingly, these are skilled jobs that require managerial, technological, or engineering talent. And lots of industries are looking for this kind of talent. So manufacturers have to work harder to compete for scarce resources. A new global report on talent management offers some fresh ideas on how to attract and retain the right people. I’ve summarized some of the major points below:

- Start early. Develop relationships with students while they are still in school to identify talent and work to build a positive image of your company. You can also sponsor some talented students in particularly desirable fields, such as chemistry or engineering.

- Expand your use of social media. Instead of just using the established online recruiting sites, create a proprietary online forum to discuss business and career issues and invite select participants to join.

- Get creative with recruiting. If you can’t hire the talent, look at external outsourcing firms that can provide what you need on an ad hoc basis. Or try using a web-based platform to draw global talent to work on a project (crowdsourcing”).

- Create ongoing training and development programs. Instead of expecting new employees to come in with all the skills they will need, choose employees with potential who can learn on the job and through training programs.

- Develop internships and apprenticeships. These programs will help you evaluate new employees’ soft” skills, such as the ability to work in a team. They will also help with the transfer of skills from one generation to the next.

- Re-evaluate your employee value proposition. Create an environment that is challenging and engaging and offers opportunities for advancement. Assess workplace policies for their competitiveness in terms of wages, benefits, and working conditions.

- Upgrade HR and recruiting functions. A professional HR department helps employees meet the objectives of their company and helps the company recognize that contribution.

- Implement the latest workforce analytics. Technology can help create the processes for managing a global workforce. And by collecting and analyzing workforce data, HR departments can identify talent gaps by comparing workforce needs with current employee skill sets and skill levels and help determine what kinds of training programs are needed.

Source: PwC - GAI




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