The Secret to Happier Employees

Trust gets better results than control. Control is costly to enforce not only monetarily, but it rents valuable headspace. Ashleigh Walters March 15, 2023 Manufacturing companies want to know how they can recruit, hire and retain more employees. The secret is not what you may expect. You have heard the phrase “Money doesn’t buy happiness.”Read More

Job Openings in Manufacturing Remain Elevated

March 9, 2023 Ryan Secard Separations are slowing, but the number of job openings is still higher than the number of people looking for work. While job openings in the overall economy are falling, unfilled positions in manufacturing remain roughly stable. The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from the Department of Labor foundRead More

Latest Reports Show Manufacturing Jobs Overall Stable Despite Persistent Churn

Jan. 6, 2023 Manufacturing added a net 8,000 jobs last month, but with serious discrepancies between hiring in durable and nondurable goods industries. Ryan Secard A pair of reports released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week shows that manufacturing employment remains stable despite significant churn and persistently high job openings. The latest ofRead More

Companies Are Gritting Their Teeth and Hiring

Labor market remains surprisingly robust despite concerns about the economy Even as manufacturers became gloomier, according to a report released Wednesday, they stepped up hiring By Justin Lahart – Wall Street Journal A lot of businesses are feeling morose about where the economy is heading. And yet they still are looking to hire more workers.Read More

The Battle for Talent: 3 Manufacturers Share Their Wins

Nov. 21, 2022 Sometimes the best solutions have been developed by companies looking to serve their own unique needs. Ethan Karp American manufacturers are missing out on serious revenue due to talent shortages. Last year, the research firm Korn Ferry predicted that unrealized output from manufacturing talent shortfalls will grow to more than $607 billion by 2030.Read More

People just don’t want to work???

With jobs going unfilled and nearly two open positions for every job seeker, many people are complaining that since the pandemic, people just don't want to work. IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Robert Schoenberger recently discussed those trends with the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, noting that few of the major employment trends are recent, so solving them will require aRead More

To Address Labor Shortages, Manufacturers Must Become Talent Creators

Aug. 18, 2022 Upskilling and reskilling of existing employees is also a vital piece of this employment puzzle. Chris Keaveney Our nation is facing a dire shortage of manufacturing workers. The National Association of Manufacturers forecasts that by 2030, the United States could have 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs. A March 2022 survey from Deloitte and the Manufacturing InstituteRead More

What Do Successful Plant Managers Have in Common?

May 16, 2022 In many companies, they are solely focused on the KPIs within the four walls of their plant. Tom Conroy Plant managers are the grease that makes manufacturing companies run well. They need not only planning and process skills, but people skills at a high level. They also need strong business minds, notRead More

Manufacturing Wages Lag US Average in Era of Amazon

May 10, 2022 Manufacturing wages were once a stable way to make solid middle-income wages. What does it mean if they're not keeping up? Ryan Secard Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor Manufacturing jobs aren’t what they used to be. Long seen as a dependable way to earn a middle-class living without a degree,Read More

ISM Report, BLS Data Show March Growth in Manufacturing

April 1, 2022 The Department of Labor reported that manufacturing employment is now just 1% shy of its pre-COVID levels. Ryan Secard A pair of key reports for manufacturers show that manufacturing job growth is accelerating. The monthly jobs report for March, released April 1 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that manufacturing hiredRead More