Today's post comes to us from the executive director of The Workforce Institute at UKG, Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.
Our latest research, released yesterday in anticipation of MFG Day on Friday, Oct. 2, is focused on revealing pre-pandemic insights, recruitment strategies, and initiatives from hiring managers at U.S. manufacturing organizations that could help close the talent gap in manufacturing.
As my colleague at UKG, Kylene Zenk recently highlighted, the frontline manufacturing workforce has played an absolutely critical role during this pandemic by continuing to work behind the scenes to ensure that hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, and other essential businesses have the goods and supplies they need to keep going. In addition, many manufacturers have pivoted away from their normal operations and towards producing the critical goods frontline workers needed (masks, ventilators etc.), showing an incredible adaptability.
Our survey, “Close the Talent Gap: Pre-pandemic insights inform future workforce strategies in manufacturing” is focused on the idea that the industry's most persistent challenge – its skilled-labor shortage – still requires attention, and several pre-pandemic workforce trends could be analyzed as a means to inspire new ways to attract talent from a much deeper pool of workers who might not have previously considered a career in manufacturing.
A few key findings:
Given these findings, UKG proposes four strategies to help close the manufacturing talent gap:
As we move through this global pandemic and many manufacturers return to a new normal, they'll need to find new and innovative ways to solve their labor shortages and they will need to do this quickly or they'll find themselves left behind. We hope this survey will provide them with meaningful information and ideas to do just that.
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