This article from the Dallas Morning News highlights how the labor shortage is slowing the Texas economy. This article, along with many other articles that have been published recently, describes how the lack of “skilled” labor in the workforce is preventing companies from growing. While there is no doubt that the low unemployment rates throughout the country indicate a lack of available labor, the question still remains…what do businesses really mean when they say, “we can’t find skilled labor?”
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We live in a world where technology is all around us. Chances are, most of us are using advanced technology in our daily lives (i.e. smartphones, wearables, smart TVs, IoT, etc.). So why then, in a world of digital everything, do we still use physical calendars, paper time cards, excel spreadsheets, staffing augmentation, etc. in our daily operations? The answer likely lies in what is known as Martec’s Law.
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THE SKILLS GAP PROBLEM
The manufacturing industry is booming, and soon there will be more jobs than workers. Where have all the workers gone? They are retiring at an alarming rate, and the manufacturing industry has failed to appeal to the younger generations. Traditionally, manufacturers have looked to technical schools, unions or apprenticeship programs to provide skilled labor. The problem with these traditional models is they aren’t working for the new workforce. The training and apprenticeship programs are too long, too expensive and have too much turnover.
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WHAT DO BUSINESSES REALLY WANT FROM THEIR WORKERS?
In order to succeed in the manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing sectors, businesses must be focused on one thing…consistency. Whether it’s in their processes and procedures, supply chain, distribution channels, or the final product, consistency must be maintained for the business to reach its full potential. With that said, you can’t have consistency in your business without consistency in your workers.