Factories are becoming smarter and plants are increasingly employing advanced automation to digitally transform their operations. However, this evolution has created a gap in available workers to fill the jobs needed. At the same time, baby boomers, who staffed the manufacturing workforce for generations, are retiring in droves, taking with them vital institutional knowledge. Welcome to the double skills gap.
In addition, the first class of Gen Z just graduated, and they will soon be working at a factory near you. They are different from every other generation before them. The skills chasm between them and the retiring boomers is extreme. If you have not figured out the millennials yet, it’s time to cut bait and focus on this crew. They are determined and eager to learn, except they work and learn differently. From emoji’s to VR, this new generation of employees is ready to disrupt the workplace. Are you ready?