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Human Capital Trends in Manufacturing

Challenges and opportunities


Companies in the manufacturing industry face a variety of workforce-related challenges in today’s complex and highly competitive global business environment. Business capabilities such as speed, product quality and innovation, flexibility, and customization are quickly becoming table stakes as customer expectations continue to rise. Satisfying these demands requires the right kind of talent – leaders, line managers and specialized workers who can anticipate and quickly respond to changing customer and market needs, and can operate seamlessly in a global, disaggregated supply chain. Yet, many manufacturing companies are already suffering from a serious talent shortage – especially in key job roles.

To tackle the challenge, manufacturers need to understand the forces currently shaping the human capital marketplace – and then position themselves to navigate the trends. By focusing more attention on talent issues, manufacturing companies can address their talent threats more effectively and start attracting and cultivating the kind of people they need to drive future growth.

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