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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

Capturing Employee Tribal Knowledge—Before It’s Too Late

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 14, 2018 12:57:55 PM

By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be 60 years of age or older. With this demographic preparing to exit the workforce and enter retirement, what can be done to retain their knowledge and pass it down to the next generation of employees? After all, a good portion of the knowledge that our “employee elders” possess is not written down or stored within a computer—it’s stored in their head. And this is especially true within the manufacturing sector.

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Topics: employee retirement, tribal knowledge in manufacturing, employee tribal knowledge, tribal knowledge