The Manufacturing Assembly Network puts "developing skills, attracting the next generation of engineers and ensuring safe and supportive workplaces" at the apex of their priority list in ensuring a stable and competitive future for their industry, forming a blueprint in the wake of dragging Whitehall heels that stalled creation of a strategic plan to back the industry's future. Read the full story linked below.
Every engineering firm I speak to has a problem with new recruits; even semi-skilled professionals are hard to come by when it comes to filling critical gaps in the fast-flow world of assembly. Industrial settings have lost their appeal and graduates are looking for more glamorous posts than they can find on the shop floor. So how are we going to go about changing this unsustainable status quo?
Guessing you want an attractive working environment, a positive atmosphere across the strata, good communication systems, excellent retention, high productivity hand-in-hand with high quality, and a solid grounding in ESG/CSR principles, the initial necessity will be to analyse what you have and envisage how best it can be optimised. This is talking in terms of human beings, mind - and that could represent a whole new agenda for your team!
If you're going to genuinely change a culture, it's important to view the pyramid of hierarchy from both sides. The grass roots support the entire company - they are more worthy of investment than traditionally given credit for. The CEO is a leader, and may need to re-learn how to lead in an age when people are more demanding of consideration and less tolerant of being pushed around. Mid-tier personnel have to reassess their position in people management, drop the 'crimewatch sentinel' approach and start building communication networks that actually help to keep the company running. The people producing the product need to be listened to, heard and understood, given the modicum of respect that humanity affords them and cease to be subjected to disparaging language that separates them from the office staff.
All these things are relatively easy to achieve, and they form the bedrock on which C.I. is built. Traditional approaches just don't work any more (many of them never really did), and now it's time to re-appraise the situation so that human-factor sustainability makes it to the table. Start your strategic thinking today, and take it to the boardroom tomorrow before more of your company's vast potential is lost along with the profits.
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