By Kim Lengling
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It has been noticed by many local manufacturers in our area, the generational shift where baby boomers are retiring and millennials are coming into the workforce. Thereby creating a need for skilled employees.
There now exists a bit of a void in terms of skills and experience, which has some local manufacturing companies struggling to maintain a talented workforce; with some putting in place programs to recruit potential employees.
Additionally, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to find dedicated employees with a strong work ethic, who consistently show up for work.
This has led to a higher turnover rate and more time/money spent on recruiting and training new workers, which can put a damper on productivity.
In speaking with local manufacturers in our area, the following were the concerns that they themselves have faced and programs some are putting in place to recruit potential employees:
“Our current focus is recruiting skilled machinists for our ongoing Phase II and Phase III expansions for our Meadville facility. We want to do everything possible to encourage people to enter manufacturing.
We have also recently launched our AcuVets program, which aims to encourage recent honorably discharged military veterans and encourage them to enter manufacturing to continue their career.”
“The issues we regularly run into are to find people who can pass a pre-employment drug screening and people who can commit to a 40 hour work week.”
“As a placement agency, we offer $9 - $11 an hour jobs with no experience. Our customers are willing to put time, money and effort in to new employees, but unfortunately, a percentage of candidates we send will only work 3-4 days and then don’t show up.
We are always letting our potential candidates know that after 4 months they have a good chance at getting hired full-time by the companies we send them to, which can include benefits. They just don’t stay. There are jobs with livable wages in this area. It is disheartening at times to see the turnover that we regularly see in placing candidates.”
What are local manufacturers looking for in an employee?
Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a business or organization. All businesses have core values that they work and live by. They are part of the building blocks of any business and a future employer will want to ensure that potential employees have those values.
Below are common core values that employers are looking for in job candidates:
This is so much more that simply speaking to another person. Effective communication involves being able to be articulate, whether that is by using email, verbally, phone messages and even body language. It also includes accurately following directions and listening skills.
All employers want to have honest employees. Own up to your mistakes, don't try to "pass the buck" onto someone else. Have a question or don't understand something? Ask.
Be at work on time, do what you were hired to do, meet targets and deadlines and work to the best of your ability. What more could an employer ask?
Most positions require certain skills that are advertised on the Job Posting. If you are hired to perform certain tasks then you should have the skills. Improving your skills along the way is also expected.
Employers and their employees need to react quickly to changing business conditions. Employers need employees who can change gears and adapt as required.
Below are a few Core Values that local businesses have in place and are looking for when meeting with a potential new employee.
We look for a strong ethic of craftsmanship and willingness to learn. As long as employees demonstrate commitment, we are committed to assisting them in reaching their career goals.
“Accountability, Common Sense, Honesty. Willing to work hard when a customer is willing to train.”
Additoinal Core Values that a future employer may looking for:
Companies are looking for people who are motivated to take on challenges with little direction. Employees should be able to see when something needs to be done and take the initiative to do it, with direction if needed, but at least recognize if there is a need.
As an employee, you may be given challenging goals but generally they are achievable. The key is to be able to work hard, keep learning and moving forward when you encounter obstacles.
Employers and managers would like to have people working with them and for them who can get along with their co-workers and who can work with others in varying circumstances to get the job done.
Employers want and need to be able to trust their employees to work professionally to meet the employer’s goals. Employers are not looking for people who need to be watched constantly or who cannot be trusted to represent the company in public.
Core values, cannot be taught nor imitated. Local manufacturing companies, as well as businesses in all sectors may view core values an important item on the list of qualities they are looking for in a potential employee.
While a potential employees’ career goals, skill sets, experience and expertise may change, who they are at their core is firm, and an important factor when a company is considering a candidate for a position within their company.
If you are currently seeking a job, take a look at your own core values and how they may be able to benefit a potential employer. Not only do potential employers “do some digging” on candidates prior to offering a position, you yourself should look into the company you are applying to or interviewing with. Learn the company’s core values and mission statement, visit their website and be prepared.
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