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Focus Areas for Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry

Industries that rely on outsourced HR services span the gamut from healthcare to retail and industrial to farming. Manufacturing, as a labor-intensive industry, requires an experienced, well-oiled human resources machine to operate at 100%.

Unionization Knowledge

In many instances manufacturing facilities are unionized, which means the HR team must not only familiarize themselves with the union rules, but also contract issues and compliance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that almost 10% of all manufacturing employees have union representation, while only 9% are union members.[1]

Training and Compliance

Compliance for HR professionals employed in the manufacturing industry means assisting the company in avoiding dispute lawsuits and liabilities. As manufacturing companies are sprinkled across a variety of industries, including food, automotive, and technology, among others, regulations for one do not apply to all. These HR professionals must have up-to-date knowledge of the regulations that apply to their sub-industry and spend time training employees on applicable practices and procedures regularly.

Employee Retention

A constant in most industries when it comes to employee retention is the relationships built between employees and managers. In the manufacturing industry, this element of the business is even more important. Connect with employees by finding out what they really need to be successful in achieving their long-term professional goals. Responses may include new equipment, a tool to make their job easier, or more time off. Whatever the reason, listen, document, research to see what is feasible, and put a plan into action.

HR professionals across all industries are willing to do what it takes to help the business achieve strategic goals. This can only be done by committing to a complete understanding of association or union regulations, providing compliance training to employees, and attracting and retaining top talent. While this can be a time-consuming process, Harbor America has you covered. Contact us today to learn more.