And if manufacturers stick to the old ways of managing and developing their employees, that shortage will persist.
One of the key problems, according to the study, is that manufacturers fail to cultivate the talent they already have to create the flexible and high-skilled workforce they want. Ways to work towards this goal include:
- Providing clear and consistent communication of business strategy and objectives to employees
- Using formal training and certification programs within your existing work force to enhance existing skill sets
- Providing training programs to employees on new technologies
- Deploying more technology to support the entire spectrum of talent management.
Read the full study: "People and Profitability: A time for change."
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