Tackling the Manufacturing Industry’s Skills Dilemma By Charles Coy There’s a critical skills gap in the manufacturing industry today–over the next 10 years, new employees will be needed for 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, yet 2 million of those roles are expected to go unfilled, according to Deloitte’s U.S. Manufacturers Survey. There’s an immediate need in this industry for highly skilled and highly educated workers that can develop creative ideas, solve complex problems and deliver innovative products.
Social Media Burnout Technology now allows us to be connected or 24/7. The creation of smartphones, tablets, and other handheld wireless devices enables us to access people and information on demand. Social media allows us to stay connected with others and can be an extremely useful tool for networking and maintaining both personal and business relationships. But is all of the input good for us? Maybe not. Just like most other things in life moderation
Are You Ready for an Aging Workforce? By Kim Burmeister Today, older workers continue to participate in the workforce in strong numbers for a number of reasons, including better overall health and the need to build or supplement their retirement income. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers between the ages of 55 and 64 is estimated to climb to 29.3 million by 2020 and make up almost 18% of the
In an age where we can barely catch our breath, making time for acquiring new knowledge can be challenging. However, to stay sharp, it’s essential to continue to think creatively and outside of the box. Podcasts can be a great way to stimulate your brain while on the go. The information provided in podcasts can give rise to new ideas or ways of thinking. Here are seven podcasts that successful people should check out: HBR
The One Truth Most Leaders Keep Quiet By David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom While our lives and careers can often find themselves in predictable patterns–go to school, get a job, work hard, rise to the top–there’s one little secret that most leaders never like to talk about. It’s a reality that can make us feel vulnerable. But it shouldn’t. What’s the secret? It’s this: we rose to our leadership positions because we were good at
How to Work a Job Fair Like a Pro Job fairs are a great way to network and find that perfect job opportunity. Fairs come in all shapes and sizes, styles and types. They are designed to rapidly connect employers with a large pool of qualified applicants. These functions can be efficient and productive for both employers and job seekers. The challenge for potential applicants becomes how to stand out from the crowd and to
Five Habits of Successful Employees People arrive at success via many diverse paths. Depending on individual situations, success can be defined in many ways. The stories and journeys may look different, but there are some characteristics that successful employees have in common. They have goals. Successful people always have their eye on the prize and have articulated what the prize is. And their goals aren’t ambiguous. Achievers have thought about both short-term and long-term goals.
4 Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer in an Interview Interviewing can be a source of high anxiety for job seekers. The interview process requires you to show your best and authentic professional self in a limited amount of time and your performance has consequences: getting the job. The spontaneity of interviews is another source of stress. Most organizations don’t provide detailed questions before the interview to help the applicant to prepare, and that’s
It’s time to stop taking hourly employees for granted. Despite the fact that hourly employees make up nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce, leaders tend to discount them when formulating employee engagement strategies.1 Together, the high turnover in hourly positions and the idea that hourly workers are a renewable (and replaceable) resource lead to management styles that outright ignore the needs of this group. Leaders instead focus their engagement efforts on salaried employees and often
Politicians and captains of industry quietly live in fear that one day, they’ll open their office doors, and an investigative TV crew will be waiting to talk with them. Managers of construction sites, industrial companies, and contracting crews often share a similar terror. Only in their case, the unexpected visitor is an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Is their terror justified? Probably not. As intimidating as a site visit from OSHA