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Strategies to Engage Your Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturers are struggling with a growing skills gap. Over the coming decade, the industry could see as many as two million jobs could emerge that can’t be filled by the current labor pool.

In the face of such challenges, it’s become more important than ever to improve employee retention in the manufacturing industry. Fortunately, recent approaches in talent recruitment could help manufacturers find the workers they need to ensure their continued success.

How to Attract Manufacturing Talent

Many younger workers mistakenly regard manufacturing as a field for the unskilled or uneducated. Dispelling these opinions is a necessary step in lessening the growing skills gap. The following measures can help you educate prospective employees about your company while giving you an opportunity to discover young talent that will add value throughout your company.

  • Attend local job fairs

Meeting and talking with young professionals can generate leads, raise awareness of the benefits of a career in manufacturing, and introduce possible candidates to your company’s current opportunities.

  • Host open houses

By opening up your facilities to prospective employees, you can expose them to your operations, working environment, and company culture, as well as the types of benefits and compensation you provide. Transparent hiring processes always leads to increased retention in the future.

  • Partner with local schools at all levels, including trade schools and public schools

Partnering with schools will undoubtedly attract more talent to your company. Trade schools in particular might prepare their students for your specific work, which only simplifies onboarding for your company.

Improving Employee Retention in Manufacturing

Since it’s more expensive to assemble a team of trained workers than it is to keep current employees, a high retention rate can make all the difference between success and failure. The following steps can help you minimize turnover throughout your company.

  • Work Community

Host BBQs and other seasonal events to promote team building. When employees feel as though they belong, their jobs will matter more to them.

  • Fun with Competitions

Create competitions between staff and families to get everyone involved. When an employee’s family likes their employer, you’re much more likely to keep him or her for the long term.

  • Giveaways

Give prizes to celebrate achieved goals or significant milestones. This not only raises productivity, but it promotes competition and boosts the moral of the company.

  • Competitive pay, training opportunities, and benefits

Continued learning through training can stimulate employees and keep them connected to your company. Similarly, competitive pay and good benefits only lowers the risk of turnover.

Consistency is essential to manufacturing, but in order to achieve it, manufacturers require an experienced workforce with the training and preparation needed to operate complex industrial equipment. An engaged team and a modern recruiting strategy can help you ensure that your company is never understaffed.

At Pentaflex, we constantly work to improve our company to better meet the needs of our clients and employees alike. As the manufacturing period approaches a period of transition, we’re doing whatever we can to reward our current employees and persuade the next generation of American workers that a career in manufacturing might be the most rewarding path they can take. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of working with an engaged manufacturing company, contact us today.

 

Manufacturing Day 2014 Recap: Another Home Run!

Manufacturing Day, recently celebrated on October 3, was a truly successful day for American manufacturers throughout the country. In its third year, it saw over 100,000 attendees and was even cited by the White House as the “method for securing a talent pipeline in manufacturing.”*

The overall goal of the day was to get manufacturers to open their doors, showcase the mfgday14 great work they do and their impact on their communities, and get young people interested and excited. Personally, we can say that it was a great success.

Along with over 1,600 other companies nationwide, we actively participated in Manufacturing Day, opening our doors to students and teachers from three area high schools. 18 students from Northwestern High School, 18 students from Springfield High School, and 39 students from Clark County CTC visited us and got firsthand knowledge and hands-on participation.

It began with an introductory speech by our President, Dave Arndt, who spoke about manufacturing technology and growth opportunities throughout Southwest Ohio. He presented a five-minute video history of manufacturing and stamping in the auto industry, which the students showed great interest in.

Next, the students were given a tour of the Pentaflex facilities, with a hands-on opportunity to see stamping and welding in action, including our new 300T servo press drive, featuring the latest technology.

mfgday14-2After the shop tour, Ross McGregor talked about opportunities at Pentaflex offering exciting positions with plenty of growth. Each student was given a flash drive showing manufacturing at Pentaflex, which they could bring home with them and show their family and friends what they had seen and learned.

While we could see the interest on their faces and were able to experience their excitement, we think the actual words of the students are proof of the day’s success. This is what we received from one school, signed by all of the students: “Thank you so much for the wonderful field trip on Manufacturing Day! We really enjoyed touring the plant, and we appreciate the time you took to teach us about Pentaflex and the manufacturing industry…We are looking forward to working with you in the future!”

We are looking forward to it as well.

*http://www.mfgday.com/