Manufacturing sometimes gets a deserved label as a technology laggard. But it takes more time to shift factories that make physical things than software that delivers as-a-service. And it’s changing. Manufacturers might still be viewed as lagging behind the tech bigwigs, but they have found ways to reinvent their companies for the long haul. In fact, manufacturers have been leading the innovation charge since the Industrial Revolution.
Women make up 47.5% of the overall workforce but a mere 29% in manufacturing – a percentage roughly unchanged since the 1970s, according to the Census Bureau. As manufacturing jobs increasingly rely on advanced technology, will the demand for STEM skills further widen the gap for women in the manufacturing workforce? Is manufacturing really destined to be a man’s world?
A recent study by Accenture found that 90% of B2B leaders agree that customer experience (CX) is critical to their companies’ strategic priorities. But B2B companies, particularly in manufacturing, often still lag behind their B2C brethren when it comes to CX. Companies that can figure out how to personalize their CX have the opportunity to create an immediate advantage over their competitors.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, an effort to draw attention to a problem that affects adults and children of all ages and demographics. Human trafficking leads to the exploitation of an estimated 25 million workers, 16 million of which are in forced labor arrangements according to the International Labour Organizations (ILO). Businesses and consumers are often unaware of the possibility of human trafficking in the manufacturing and distribution of goods.
Leadership, Human Resources, Risk & Compliance, Employee Health Management, Safety Management
Over the last few decades, workplace drug-testing policies have evolved to serve a dual purpose of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of both employees and the general public. This is especially critical in certain industries, such as manufacturing, where an impaired employee creates substantial public health and safety risk.
Studies suggest that substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – costs the United States an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. The human cost of substance abuse is much higher, especially when coupled with safety-sensitive jobs that present a risk to public safety.