I fully agree, way too many managers and top executives will make statements about what great assets their workers are; but the minute the business road gets slightly bumpy, they immediately flush those assets. While I understand the workforce must be balanced to the business level on a long term view, when temporary business slow downs are used for developing people and processes, the returns can be enormous. There is a cost for ongoing training and improving of people�s skill levels, but again, the returns will exceed the costs. If the company does not have the belief that they must improve daily, they will not be competitive over time, and the cost to try to recover lost opportunity is many times higher and the journey more difficult. Giving to educational institutions, to the community, and to needy causes is tremendously important; but investing in the people is the means to stay competitive, which ultimately creates a successful and sustainable business and provides the funding for all causes.
Posted by: Larry Marks on January 30, 2009
Posted by: James Soucey on January 30, 2009
Corporations in North America have lost sight of their focus and moral obligations. It is immoral to be a quote "ideal corporate citizen to the general or special minority or vocal groups" and neglect or abuse not only your employees but customers. It is corporate responsibility to hire, train, protect and be fair to employees first in producing quality needed products for customers who wish to be treated also fairly. It is the employee's obligation in return for being treated fairly to give of their personal surplus to people in need (not corporations). (Corporation can suggest where it employees should help). When this philosophical change takes place the US will again become a power and an example to the world. Until then the slide towards more self-centeredness and pain continues.
Posted by: Paul Zepf on January 30, 2009
Business leaders need to be reminded that we are in the people business first, everything else is a by-product of that effort.
Posted by: Stan Walulek on January 30, 2009
Have you published comments on AIDC trends? Requirements for track and trace labeling for produce,toys, pharma pedigree and unique medical device identifiers, probably others all developing. Thanks.
Posted by: napoleon monroe on February 2, 2009
College let me know the breadth of knowledge in the world and taught me how to look it up (then).
I had to self educate to perform many of the functions required by my job.
Most skills needed are corporate specific which leads me to believe that corporations need to do four things.
1) Encourage and teach employees how to self-educate and stay on top of their specific fields.
2) Give them access to self-education tools.
3) Give them time to learn the specific skills needed to perform their jobs.
4) Reward them for good performance AND for promoting latest competing technologies.
Posted by: Eric Miller on February 2, 2009
I agree that companies could do a lot more for training skilled trades and technicians. We have formed a partnership with the regional manufacturing association and community colleges that is having a large impact on our workforce, both the currently employed and the next generation. The cost to us has been nominal and the return outstanding. Get involved and make a difference!
Posted by: Steve Kullberg on February 3, 2009
Quick question. Can anyone suggest resources that a recent graduate can use to acquire some relevant education/information with regards to the pharmaceutical packaging industry?
Posted by: Hesh on February 19, 2009