Employees Of The Future
With fewer trained graphic arts employees available managers must alter their hiring expectations.
Improving your recruiting and hiring skills is one of the latest managerial challenges. Labor resources are tight and much different than a few years ago. There are fewer trained graphic communications people available than there were five years ago.
During the past 10 years the number of people being trained in our business has declined by approximately 40 to 50 percent. You probably have noticed this. If not, you soon will. There is one plus, however; more of the potential employees are somewhat computer literate.
Depending on which government statistics you read, there are 25 to 27 million people projected to enter the U.S. labor force between 1985 and 2000. These same type of statistics forecast that some 64 to 75 percent of that total will be female. Also predicted is that most of the immigrants over that period and a large percentage of the available labor force will not be of European descent.
What does this mean to you? You soon will have a pool of potential employees that is predominately female and untrained in our industry. Since women remain the primary care providers in our society, they will influence the ways that business and society respond to women's concerns.
Additionally, the entire U.S. population is getting older. As employees age, so do their parents. As the number of persons over 65 increases, businesses will feel the effect of an employee's devotion to parents over careers.
You may have to start recruiting/hiring more untrained people who may lack basic education. In addition, here are some other groups from which you may draw future employees:
• Immigrants. You may have to teach them English, but many are well educated and have a great work ethic.