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Member Feedback / Industry Briefings Set Stage for 2020 Topic Schedule

January 28, 2020 Joan RichardMaritime 354 Views

It is so critical to offer events with topics relevant to the current challenges and areas of focus. We were fortunate to finish 2019 with a series of industry briefings which resulted in feedback from approximately 60 manufacturing companies.

Regardless of the community and participants, many challenges and topics were frequently brought forward. In turn those topics have been rolled up into a summary that has guided the topic development for 2020 in the NB and PEI regions.

Mental health issues are continuing to increase within our workforce. Although the workplace is not necessarily the cause of such issues it is necessary that we work towards a safe, and healthy workplace.

Upon further discussion and perspective, the following seems to apply:

  • The challenge facing manufacturing companies today are recruitment, overall labour shortage and skills shortages.  These challenges are significant here in NB, and across Canada. According to the Manufacturing GPS Salary Survey and as pointed out by Scott McNeil-Smith during the ‘Future of Manufacturing’ briefings, skills shortage has now topped the list of challenges that manufacturers face, ahead of productivity improvement.
  • With changes to technology, generational dynamics and the world in general, it makes sense that organizational cultures will have to evolve as well.  Change is a painful process, however a solid culture goes a long way towards recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Mental health issues are continuing to increase within our workforce. Although the workplace is not necessarily the cause of such issues it is necessary that we work towards a safe, and healthy workplace. With legislation associated to violence and harassment prevention (often tied to mental health issues) it is necessary to prepare and educate leaders at all levels.  These preparations include properly working through incidents, and to be supportive in mental wellness.
  • Enhancing operations will always be on the radar. Regardless of the terms used, it is a goal and a necessity in todays global and competitive market. Manufacturers in NB and PEI have asked for provincial quarterly events focused on continuous and productivity improvement.  These events will also explore best practices, knowledge transfer and best challenges.
  • As one member articulated; “there is no one solution or one program that will make us the best we can be. Everything is intertwined and dependant on the other. It is a process of continuously improving and evolving every aspect of the business in a strategic way”

 

With the support of hosting companies, subject matter experts and those willing to share experience and best practices we will begin to tackle these topics, and more. Watch for your invitations and check the events page regularly for updates and event information.  Your participation is valued!