The latest on manufacturing hiring trends, the skills gap, workforce best practices and labor issues.


Compensation Strategies

Are Your Posted Salary Ranges Too Broad? It Could Cost You Talent

April 4, 2024
Some companies are playing fast and loose with pay transparency, to their own detriment.
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Corporate Culture

What, Exactly, Is a Leader’s Responsibility Around Psychological Safety?

April 3, 2024
Employees must feel safe speaking up about work matters, but encouraging a parent-child dynamic in the workplace can cause problems of its own.
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Corporate Culture

Building a Culture of Everyday Innovation

March 28, 2024
Moonshots get the attention, but behind-the-scenes creative thinking drives the bus.
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Labor / Employment Policy

Volkswagen Chattanooga Workers Will Vote on UAW Representation April 17-19

March 25, 2024
The UAW says it already has a supermajority of cards signed.
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Labor / Employment Policy

UAW Files for Union Election at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, Plant

March 18, 2024
A previous election to unionize the plant failed in 2019 by a slim margin.


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Labor / Employment Policy

Explainer: How Do Workplaces Join Unions?

April 16, 2024
What to know to understand the UAW's campaign, an uptick in union activity and a recent change in the union-election process.

Talent Advisory Board — Managing Your 24 Hours Well

March 5, 2024
For February, the shortest month of the year, IW's panel of manufacturing talent experts give advice on time management.
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Hiring Veterans for Manufacturing (Podcast)

March 1, 2024
Reacting to the tragic death of his brother, Bill Leahy founded a group to encourage veterans to find purpose working with their hands in manufacturing plants.
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Recruiting / Retention

Youth Need Jobs; Manufacturers Need Workers. How Do You Connect the Two?

March 1, 2024
In cities like Chicago and Cleveland, 'where the need for jobs is so acute ... there is a real opportunity here to get more employers involved at the high school level.'
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Recruiting / Retention

The White-Hot Demand for Engineering Talent Is Cooling, but ...

Feb. 22, 2024
... the ratio of job listings to engineers is still more than 3-1. Here are some recruiting tips for manufacturers.