Human Side of Engineering
In this issue, Human Side of Engineering offers another case of "The Uncommon Side." This feature presents incidents drawn from actual situations faced by plant engineers, that are of a special or unusual nature. Each presentation is in two parts.
In this issue, Human Side of Engineering offers another case of "The Uncommon Side." This feature presents incidents drawn from actual situations faced by plant engineers, that are of a special or unusual nature. Each presentation is in two parts. The first part explains the problem and the question involved; the second part, which will appear in the March 1999 issue, will offer the suggestions of at least two labor relations experts, along with a summary of reader opinions on how to solve the problem.
Cases for "The Uncommon Side" are drawn from actual plant experiences. If you have a problem in human or labor relations on which you'd like professional comment, we'd like to know about it. Names and situations are changed to protect the privacy of the person who submits the problem. If your problem is chosen for publication, we'll send you a check for $100.
We also welcome your comments on how you would solve this "Uncommon Side" problem. Reader suggestions will be reviewed by editors and summarized with our experts' opinions for publication in the second part of this feature. Both problems and solutions should be directed to Human Side of Engineering, Plant Engineering magazine, 1350 E. Touhy Ave., P.O. Box 5080, Des Plaines, IL 60017-5080.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.