Manufacturer, heal thyself
One answer to the shortage of well-trained workers may evolve from CI
Written by Lynn Shelton - Enterprise Minnesota's Director of Manrketing & Communications
Forgive me if I dust off and re-apply an old bromide: The worker shortage for manufacturers is a lot like the weather. Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.
Few doubt that manufacturers face a looming (or existing) crisis over finding and recruiting employees with sufficient skills to take on the high-tech jobs that play an increasingly crucial role on the shop floors.
Most conversations about this topic invariably gravitate toward external influences that can help alleviate the shortage. Yes, schools (especially school counselors) will benefit from knowing more about the lucrative, interesting and stable career opportunities that exist in manufacturing. Colleges and trade schools can help by reaching out to students with interesting and ever more relevant degree and class offerings. Economic developers do well to encourage community-wide support for manufacturers that emphasizes their contributions to local economies. And government - at all levels - will be wise to promote an agenda that supports and grows manufacturing.
But Bob Kill, President & CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, has recently focused on internal actions manufacturers can take to address the worker shortage on their own terms in their own plants.
Bob used his column in the just-released edition of Enterprise Minnesota® Magazine to emphasize the fact that continuous improvement (CI) may be the answer. He says that manufacturers who say they're too busy for CI "may be short-changing their opportunities to turn the good workers they have into great workers."
"An essential characteristic of tomorrow's quality employees will be that they are practiced CI disciples," he says. "Today's active, thoughtful, longer-term continuous improvement efforts (beyond harvesting the near-term business results that come from leveraging productivity) are critical to developing a prized workforce."
Click here to read the latest issue of Enterprise Minnesota® Magazine online.
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