Today’s post comes to us from the Executive Director of The Workforce Institute, Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.
Did you celebrate Manufacturing Day 2021 last week? I did — by reading up on new research out from UKG and IndustryWeek examining Gen Z and the manufacturing sector.
According to “The 2021 Future Manufacturing Workforce Study,” 92% of Gen Z talent employed within manufacturing are satisfied with their current careers, despite three in four manufacturers reporting difficulties in attracting and retaining Gen Z workers, especially in the era of COVID-19.
The study also found that attracting Gen Z talent is either a high or very high priority for 88% of manufacturers surveyed. So, the natural question becomes what can manufacturers do to recruit — and, more importantly, keep — Gen Z employees happy, cared for, and productive in the workplace?
Based on what this research tells us, here are five key HR strategies manufacturers can leverage to succeed in recruiting and retaining Gen Z:
Although the study focused on Gen Z employees in manufacturing careers, this is great advice for employers across industries, especially right now. “The Great Resignation” is real, and it’s leaving lasting impacts on organizations everywhere. But we don’t have to be resigned to it.
By focusing on our people, providing them with the resources and support they’re looking for, and equipping them with workplace technology that makes life easier instead of creating a stressful experience, we can help ensure our most talented individuals continue to grow their careers with us — not somewhere else.
Speaking of The Great Resignation, I’m pleased to join Sarah Morgan and John Frehse from the Workforce Institute on October 20 for a Human Resource Executive webinar: “Beyond the Great Resignation: An Action Plan for Hiring and Retention.” Register today to join us!
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