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Get the Updated Guide to Human Resources [eBook]

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 29, 2019 10:18:31 AM

In today’s workplace, the importance of human resources cannot be stressed enough. While advancements in manufacturing technology may be stealing headlines, issues involving HR—recruitment, harassment, diversity training, and more—also need to also be top of mind. Consider this:

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Topics: Human Resources, Manufacturing Resources, HR

How Modern-Day Apprenticeships Can Help Manufacturers Succeed

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 2, 2019 9:30:00 AM

By now, you’ve probably heard the troubling statistics. IndustryWeek reports that nearly 25% of manufacturing employees are age 55 or older, and many will soon be leaving to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Unfortunately, there’s no influx of new talent waiting to take their places.

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Topics: Human Resources, Mentoring, apprenticeship programs, tribal knowledge, Employee Training

Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 21, 2018 10:20:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate successes (Manufacturing Day 2018 was the biggest yet) and look at ways to overcome challenges, whether it’s maintaining growth or competing more effectively overseas. We also like to take a look at what interested you, our readers, the most on our blog.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Human Resources, robotics, tribal knowledge, Workplace Harassment, job descriptions, virtual reality, sensors, Manufacturing Resources

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 24, 2018 12:26:48 PM

Losing workers from the factory floor is never easy, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) where the output of every employee can be critical to maintaining production quotas and keeping customers happy. When an employee leaves, it’s then critical that SMMs are able to attract skilled workers and onboard them quickly and adequately to minimize production disruptions and ensure a smooth integration that will lead to higher employee retention (after all, the less often you have to do this, the better!).

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Topics: Human Resources, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions, employee performance review, tribal knowledge, Diversity Training, Workplace Diversity, manufacturing careers, Future of Manufacturing, job descriptions

How to Give Effective Employee Reviews—and Motivate Without Money

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2018 9:37:12 AM

The employee performance review. It’s an opportunity to congratulate workers on a job well done and celebrate their wins. It’s also a chance to provide constructive criticism and discuss ways to improve performance. But what makes for an effective employee performance review?

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Topics: Human Resources, employee performance review, motivating employees

How to Overcome Common HR Challenges in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 4, 2017 10:45:00 AM

The evolution from manual methods to advanced techniques (i.e. the creation of goods and services) has become a complex process, giving rise to a host of HR challenges in manufacturing.

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Topics: Made in California, Human Resources, HR Challenges, apprenticeship programs

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:28 AM

In business, it’s often said that your biggest asset is your people.

But how do employees factor into manufacturing?

In the manufacturing arena, your employees may very well be more valuable than ever. Technology and automation may have phased out some people-filled roles, but those that remain have more responsibilities than ever.

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Topics: Business Management, Human Resources

How Manufacturing Leaders Can Evolve Corporate Culture

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 17, 2016 8:50:00 AM

Just how important is it to evolve company culture in today’s business environment? – It encompasses the top concerns corporate leaders face in retaining talent today, according to new Deloitte research. Combine economic improvements with the knowledge that most employees prefer more engagement at work than they tend to receive, and one can understand why many CEOs and HR personnel are now eager to evolve company culture.

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Topics: Human Resources

How to Improve Your Team Leadership and Supervisory Skills

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 4, 2016 8:21:27 AM

There are many challenges that your manufacturing organization faces on a day to day basis. Those challenges may range from government regulation compliance to ensuring that your employees are getting all of the resources needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

Integrate Your Workforce Using Community College Graduates

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Dec 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring, developing and retaining your workforce can be a challenging task with the increasing demand for a more technological mindset in the workplace.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources