Nearly one-third of companies say they are having trouble finding skilled production workers, scientists and engineers. In addition, respondents report dissatisfaction with the skills of current employees. Nearly half say they regularly encounter problems with attendance, timeliness and work ethic. Inadequate problem-solving skills are noted by 46% of respondents, and 36% say current employees have insufficient reading, writing and communication skills.
The report, “People and Profitability—A Time for Change: A 2009 People Management Practices Survey of The Manufacturing Industry,” reveals an ongoing talent challenge facing manufacturing organizations and stresses the need for companies to develop new recruiting and retention strategies.