Why you should read it: With the labor market tightening and 27% of manufacturing workers over the age of 55, manufacturers face the twin dilemmas of skilled workers retiring at the same time it is increasingly difficult to find their replacements. One remedy is to make the manufacturing workplace more engaging so employees stay and potential employees are attracted to the field.
Problem is, American workplaces generally aren’t doing a good job with employee engagement. Just 33% of employees report being engaged at work, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report. It’s even worse in manufacturing, where only 25% of workers are engaged, the lowest-ranking occupation.