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.
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.