Helping Manufacturers Stay Agile: Find, Activate and Retain Skilled Talent

Manufacturers today face swift economic shifts and rapidly expanding competition from developing countries. To succeed, innovation remains a core strategy. Companies also continue to expand their use of technology, which plays a powerful role in profitability, efficiency and quality.

For HR professionals in manufacturing, this translates into finding technically skilled workers that fit into an agile, highly demanding environment. Retaining them also requires special attention throughout onboarding and their entire company journey.

To solve these unique challenges, it’s time to take advantage of today’s fresh approaches and modern HR technology.

Here’s everything you need to get started: finding top talent, onboarding processes, employee engagement, blended learning, social recruiting and more.

Find skilled talent

For that special blend of technical aptitude and flexibility, you need to target the right sources. This resource shows where to look.

Top Sources of Hire 2016 reports on what delivers the best interviews and hires based on the applicant tracking systems (ATS) of 1,200 organizations.

Download the Top Sources of Hire 2016 today and remove the mystery from hiring.

Learn how Tenneco created a bigger candidate pool while saving $200,000
Read the Tenneco case study

Retain New Hires

Whew, you successfully hired a star performer. But blending into a demanding manufacturing environment is not easy. Do you have a plan for activation and integration? For ideas that retain new hires, check out the Ultimate Guide to Onboarding.
  • Practical tips—what employees want, generational differences
  • Checklist—how to link motivation and performance
  • Case studies—showing challenges to results

The research is done! Download the Ultimate Guide to Onboarding today.

Learn how Unisys increased new hire satisfaction through engaging onboarding
Read the Unisys case study

Develop Skills, Develop Safety

With the rapid changes in technology, employee development and tracking compliance requirements (ISO, SME, OSHA and more) are no small tasks. Then there’s safety, especially since the manufacturing injury rate is 15% higher than other industries. Luckily, today’s learning technology can help you inspire personal growth and safety.

Learn how International Paper created courses faster and documented knowledge
Read the International Paper case study

Energize Performance Management

In a fast-moving situation, how do you provide feedback that energizes employees? For a breath of fresh air, try an employee-focused performance management program.

Learn how the TPC Group improved employee satisfaction with performance management
Read the TPC Group case study

Attracting and Keeping Those Elusive Millennials

Millennials enjoy an agile environment. But your current programs may need to evolve to connect with them.

In this brief eBook, 5 Secrets to Retaining Millennials, you’ll discover how to change your mentor program, rethink training and optimize technology.

Learn how Van Andel attracted superstar candidates
Read the Van Andel case study

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Additional Resources

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Research Report | 2017 Annual Recruiting Survey

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Video Tour of SilkRoad Talent Activation Solutions

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State of Talent 2017

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The Employee Experience in 2025 – A SilkRoad Brief

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White Paper: Talent in 2025

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Impact of Agile Performance

Frequent feedback in the workplace is being demanded by employees. Recent research by Tiny Pulse, found that 64% of employees surveyed said they wanted their supervisor to check in with them at least every two weeks, with 42% of millennials wanting feedback every week. This white paper lays out a plan to create a culture […]

Calculating the ROI of an Agile Performance Technology Solution

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Ultimate Guide to Performance Management

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White Paper: Transforming to Agile Performance

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What Keeps HR Up at Night 2016 Report

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White Paper: The Who, How and Why of Onboarding

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Report: Seeking Agility in Performance Management

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Top Sources of Hire 2016: The Definitive Report on Talent Acquisition Strategies

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