Tackle workforce issues in three ways
At the NEBB Annual Conference, speaker Shirley T. Ramos discussed engineering workforce issues, including retention and management.
Shirley T. Ramos, training consultant with FMI, kicked off the 2014 NEBB Annual Conference with the presentation, "Understanding Today's Workforce and Recovering the Lost Generation for Industry's Future." In this session, she touched on three key points that engineers and managers should consider:
- Baby boomers are leaving the workplace, and should work to train Generation X and Y to take their place
- The key to working with Generation Y (also known as Millennials) is communication
- For Generation Y, the keys to retention are adequate pay, work-life balance, and structure.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey