Workforce: Another Game of Cause and Effect?

Workforce is, unarguably, the number one concern for manufacturers in Northeast Ohio. A strong workforce is essential for sustainability and growth; no workforce means no manufacturing, and no manufacturing means no economy.

On a smaller scale, workforce is necessary for driving production, increasing sales, innovating, and growing individual companies. As such, workforce has huge impacts both on individual companies and on the overall economy. The fact that the majority of manufacturing companies are struggling in the area of workforce development is extremely significant.

Perhaps your company struggles to find qualified applicants. Perhaps your company finds it challenging to retain competent employees. Regardless of your challenge, MAGNET seeks to help you address your workforce quandaries and ultimately grow your business.

In order to find and retain competent workers you need to understand the changing landscape of today’s workforce. This requires identifying why fewer students are entering the manufacturing industry, and what your company can do to change that. Understanding what is deterring students from entering the industry is necessary in order to change the trend. Additionally, you must have a clear vision of your growth plan and recognize how the impact of the changing workforce landscape, if not approached strategically, will hinder these plans for growth.

We all wish it were easy to find competent, talented workers, but it’s not. Nevertheless, there are strategies that can aid you in your search for the ideal workforce. Your company doesn’t need just any workers- it needs the right workers.

You need workers that are the right fit for your company, have the right skills, and most importantly, have the right attitude. These people aren’t waiting to be plucked off the street, but they can be found. They are hanging in certain groups on the internet, browsing specific sites, searching specific things. If you know the type of worker you are looking for, you can target your audience and avoid wasting time looking in the wrong places.

Finding great workers requires more than simply searching for someone to fill a specific position as the need arises. Workforce development, at its core, is not a game of cause and effect. Your goal, as a company seeking to strategically develop its workforce, is not to address independent problems as they arise.

Rather, your goal must be to build an army of the right people. With a strong workforce base, you won’t have to solve an overwhelming number of small problems- because those problems won’t exist. In other words, the key to workforce success is being proactive rather than reactive.

With the right people you get the right results: increased efficiency, increased profits, and increased growth. It’s important that your proactive approach includes management of your talent supply chain. Are your employees happy? If not, it is important to find out why, since unhappy workers are the soonest to leave. Face-to-face conversations and open lines of communication are crucial to the vitality of your company.

Part of MAGNET’s mission is to address the issue of workforce development. Our upcoming event on August 6th, Develop Your Workforce for Growth, will directly address this widespread and essential issue. We urge you to attend this event focused on solutions for a full range of workforce challenges. Attendees will hear from three local manufacturers who ensured their company’s growth by building comprehensive plans to address workforce concerns.

You can register for the event at http://manufacturingsuccess.org/events-listings or contact Matt Fieldman, matthew.fieldman@magnetwork.org, with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there and working with you to solve your workforce problems!

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