Human resources personnel in manufacturing businesses are facing some unique challenges.
It used to be that assembly line workers performed repetitive tasks on the shop floor, and if something went wrong, the system was shut down until a fix could be implemented. This was when most factory labor was categorized as unskilled, but times and technology have changed due to automation.
Out on the floor, 3D printers and artificially intelligent machines require a new breed of manufacturing employee who possesses programming and critical thinking skills. In recruiting departments, predictive analytics have become a popular way to attract employees who have the skill sets to do the job. On top of it all, demand for these positions will soon exceed supply.
What’s the answer for hiring managers and recruiters when sourcing, signing and retaining a new class of manufacturing candidates?
Naturally, there’s some science involved in high-volume recruiting approaches, but HR strategists should also take care not to remove intuition entirely from the mix.