Tips for Manufacturers to Overcome Hiring Issues
Despite the highest unemployment numbers since the Great Depression, finding workers is still a significant problem for manufacturers. The majority of manufacturers are looking to attract and hire qualified employees. In the past, these positions were low-skilled and low-paying but that is not always the case today. The industrial workplace has embraced technology, processes and equipment that require the right people to fill the position. The following are tips for hiring manufacturing workers to meet your needs.
Unfortunately, we still live in a world where many people don’t want to pursue a career in manufacturing. This perception needs to change and the way you present your company and the opportunities it offers is a critical part. Prospective employees must realize that manufacturing is not just for unskilled labor, little job security, and no chance for advancement. Your recruiting material must focus on immediate and long term benefits. Another way to introduce people to the new industrial atmosphere is to hold open houses for them to experience all the job has to offer.
Start looking for candidates early in their career path. High school and college students may be willing to consider positions in manufacturing if they are presented with a good-paying job and future career opportunity. Reach out to nearby schools to develop an apprenticeship program to find motivated interns that could turn into valued employees.
Traditionally, manufacturing jobs have been predominantly filled by men. However, with the labor shortage many manufacturers are hiring women to fill the positions. You will have to adapt your employee benefits and incentives to attract women, as well as specialized training programs and expanded leave options.