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Leadership in Manufacturing: Developing Skills for Tomorrow’s Challenges

June 6, 2024

Leadership in manufacturing involves developing skills for tomorrow’s challenges. Top industry leaders create change by influencing employees to improve their performance and support organizational growth. Leadership in manufacturing is a learned skill. Therefore, you should focus on developing the following skills and qualities to overcome industry-related challenges. Strategic Planning Focus on market trends to keep…

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Employee Well-Being and Productivity: Strategies for a Healthier Workplace

May 16, 2024

Working in manufacturing often includes physical demands, exposure to hazardous materials, and the psychological stress of performing repetitive tasks. Because of these unique challenges, employers must prioritize employee well-being to enhance productivity. Creating a healthier workplace supports employee engagement, performance, and productivity. The results include elevated job satisfaction, employee morale, and attraction and retention rates.…

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Identifying Skill Gaps in Your Manufacturing Workforce

May 2, 2024

Identifying skill gaps in your manufacturing workforce can be challenging. Uncovering the mismatch between your employees’ skills and your current and future business needs requires time, critical thinking, and planning. Many factors can contribute to your manufacturing workforce’s skill gasps: Aging workforce Poor manufacturing industry perception Lack of manufacturing career interest from younger generations Misaligned…

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Managing Cross-Generational Teams in Manufacturing

April 18, 2024

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Manufacturing Institute (MI) surveyed manufacturers and interviewed industry leaders to create the November 2021 report Multigenerational Teams in Manufacturing: Industry Trends and Best Practices for Leveraging Age Diversity. The results showed that manufacturing employers who successfully manage cross-generational teams target knowledge transfer, recruitment, and employee feedback.…

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How Virtual Reality Is Transforming Training and Recruitment in Manufacturing

April 4, 2024

Virtual reality is transforming training and recruitment in manufacturing. This technology creates a virtual environment that users interact with. Employees wear virtual reality headsets that transport them to a simulated manufacturing environment to engage in tasks and procedures in a safe, controlled setting. As a result, the employees can learn from their mistakes without real-world…

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Beyond the Resume: Essential Soft Skills to Seek in Your Next Hires

March 21, 2024

Looking beyond candidates’ resumes helps you hire and retain the best talent. Knowing the essential soft skills to seek in your next hires helps you find the best employees. Soft skills are the qualities, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to interactions and relationships. These skills help build trust, respect, and team-building. They also support camaraderie,…

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Building Bridges: Cultivating Connections with New Hires from Day One

March 7, 2024

Cultivating connections with new hires from Day 1 is important for business success. Regularly engaging with new employees helps them adapt to your company and its culture. The more connected new hires feel, the more likely they will remain long-term. Regularly connecting with new hires shows they are valued, respected members of your team. These…

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Chatbots: How to Seamlessly Navigate the New Hiring Frontier

February 22, 2024

The use of chatbots can help companies seamlessly navigate the new hiring frontier. These artificial intelligence (AI)-based hiring tools use machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) to respond to candidates in a human-like way. The tools learn from each conversation to respond more effectively over time. Recruitment chatbots automate top-funnel hiring activities. As…

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Navigating Inflation: Strategies for Effectively Managing Salary Expectations

February 8, 2024

Navigating inflation currently is a top priority for most companies. Part of this process includes finding strategies to effectively manage salary expectations. Many employers are having employee conversations about salary and pay transparency. Helping employees understand why they earn their current compensation helps retain top talent. Implement these strategies to effectively manage salary expectations while…

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Promoting Diversity in the Workplace

January 18, 2024

Diversity in the workplace involves employee differences in race, ethnicity, gender, ability, education, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Promoting diversity provides new ideas and perspectives to solve problems and drive innovation. Promoting diversity in the workplace increases employee engagement, performance, and productivity. The results include stronger job satisfaction, employee morale, and attraction and retention…

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