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Old 02-25-2013, 08:38 PM
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Originally Posted by bobtn View Post
Actually we have experienced no shortage of skilled workers, although, to be frank, we do utilize more automation which replaced some of the more skilled roles in our facilities, and again what that did beautifully is lower our labor cost as a percentage of output tremendously.

No we do hire temps now and than, but we also backfill retirees spots with new ones, again the goal being cost control, as we have top notch, industry leading quality.
Everyone has utalized automated processes. Those that didn't aren't in business today, unless on the repair side or doing niche work. While it drastically limits the need for skilled labor, it most certainly does not eliminate it. "Automation" does what you tell it to do. You still need someone to tell it what to do. Those guys and gals don't grow on trees. Someone has to train them. Companies have done a poor job of this. They've continued to utilize the available pool of talent while not contributing towards the future by investing in the training. As the available workers continue to retire, it's likely that companies will continue to fight over the available labor while delaying the training of more.

As I mentioned, the marginalization of many of these roles will continue to push young folks towards white collar professions, or anything requiring a college degree. Expect more student loans, an unsustainable cycle.

The problem many companies will face in the future is a generation that isn't geared towards some highly skilled or specialized occupations. The ones who could master these roles won't do the work, and the ones with some related experience will largely lack the aptitude to progress towards a higher skilled role. Many of the paper pushers will gaff at the idea, but they live in a world apart.

There are more than a few large corporations stepping up and offering good money to begin training in skilled occupations where college degrees are not required, but young people are understandably wary. They also know layoffs are common, and many of the smaller corporations are pretty ruthless when it comes to managing labor costs... To the point that anyone capable simply leaves these professions all together. If cost control is such an issue, why aren't they "cost controlling" their white collar staff? There's an awful lot of young graduates willing to work far cheaper than me these days. They fit the first requirement... But at any rate, if cost control is a problem, companies should probably be doing something to address pending shortages. Once companies really do start fighting for skilled workers, it will take years to start training competent skilled workers. They definitely do take time, and a lot of it before they can ever become proficient. At that point, good luck, cause you will need a lot of it. In the mean time, I grab some popcorn

Originally Posted by Gatornation View Post
While you are talking about low/no skill labor in the south that is a problem you probably should also recognize they vote heavily Republican.
What's that got to do with political tendencies? While those in the south overwhelmingly show up to vote republican, these states tend to suck up the majority of government subsidies. Ironic. The price of cheap labor...
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