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The Manufacturers’ Guide to Finding and Retaining Talent

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | Workforce Development, All

Improve and Enhance Your Employee Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement

Employees matter. They are challenging to find and hard to replace, especially in today’s labor market. The longevity of employees is not as common as it once was, and finding skilled manufacturing workers takes time and resources. Many manufacturers aren’t sure where to start.

Adapting to the ever-changing labor market is only half the battle. Besides figuring out why someone leaves unexpectedly, it’s essential to consider the other side of the equation—what about your company makes people stay?

As part of the annual NIST MEP survey, clients from the 51 MEP Centers identify the top three challenges their companies will face over the next three years. Not surprisingly, manufacturers report that employee recruitment and retention are their biggest challenges. These concerns have heightened during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent workforce disruptions. The market forces driving these challenges are not likely to improve soon.

Based on a Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte study, the National Association of Manufacturers estimates that manufacturers must fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028. The Building Economic Strength Through Manufacturing (BEST) Act passed by the 2021 Washington Legislature provides a framework for the state to add 300,000 new manufacturing jobs over the next ten years. 

In this comprehensive guide, Impact Washington shares ways to solve the widespread issue of employee retention and gain a competitive edge for your manufacturing company.

We look at the following areas:

  • Strategy
  • Attracting and retaining talent
  • Training and development
  • Workplace culture

Implementing practices that show you prioritize workforce development and corporate values will make your company appealing to new hires and current employees. Our guide will show you how to become an employer of choice that lives up to the adage that your people are your most important asset.

Download your copy of The Manufacturers’ Guide to Finding and Retaining Talent! 

At Impact Washington- NIST MEP, we work with companies big and small to implement successful business practices. In addition to information resources, we offer consultations and programsContact us today to get started.

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