Time to Rethink Your Approach to New-Hire Readiness

A guide to ensuring your new employees are workforce ready

The MEP National Network

February 16, 2023

Issues affecting the workforce today are both immediate—such as the aging out of many experienced baby boomers —and long term—such as meeting employees’ changed expectations of workplace flexibility, pay, career paths, and innovative benefits.

Onboarding and retaining people who are new to the workforce has become such a challenge that some manufacturers are now hiring as many as 50 to 70 people per quarter, hoping to retain a third of them. Obviously, this cycle is not efficient or sustainable.

Developing first-time employees’ soft skills may help them become “workforce ready.” Teaching all employees how to communicate effectively, for example, provides the foundation for a positive work culture. It enables conversation about teamwork, professionalism, and dealing with conflict. A positive company culture is essential for employers today.

Download this guide to learn key areas to cover when onboarding first-time employees:
• Accessing Resources
• Interpersonal Skills
• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
• Communication Skills
• Adapting to Change
• Teamwork
• Conflict Management

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The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is part of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The MEP National Network, whose mission is to strengthen and empower U.S. manufacturers, comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the MEP Advisory Board, MEP Center boards, and the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 450 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed. Visit MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Blog online.