Company training shouldn't be one-size-fits-all

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 9, 2013 1:39 pm ET
Updated: April 9, 2013 1:48 pm ET

Forum Kunz on training

Image By: Plastics News photos by thegallerystudios.com Jeannine Kunz of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Related to this story

Topics Plastics News Executive Forum

TAMPA, FLA. — Companies need to offer a range of training, including e-learning, reading and videos, backed up with face-to-face learning for needed areas, such as kaizen events, an official of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers said at the Plastics News Executive Forum.

Jeannine Kunz said there is no one-size-fits-all training strategy. Create the best plan for the individual company, she said.

As SME's director of marketing and professional development, Kunz works with schools and manufacturers. Dearborn, Mich.-based SME also develops its own educational materials.

Kunz recommended "blended learning."

"You want to use different methodologies, based on what you're going to convey," she said.

The goal is to build a continuous-learning culture. Kunz also noted that a structured training program is a requirement for ISO certification, but added it should be more than just checking a box that says you have it.

"Training is not a quick fix," she said. You can measure the results of training by tracking quality and turnover. "Our people drive productivity and output."

Many companies cut back on training during the recession. Now they're paying the price in the recovery, Kunz said: "We have too many customers right now that are trying to do a quick ramp-up because they're launching a new line or they've got a new order. And it's just an uphill battle on some of those environments."

Kunz said hiring retirees can be a good idea, but it's not a long-term solution. She also recommended formalizing the "tribal knowledge" of older workers.

She acknowledged that technology plays an important role in factories, but when people skills don't keep up, it means "we're out of balance."

"We often find ourselves, as an organization and a company, investing in equipment, materials, tooling — and sometimes we forget the people," Kunz said.

And as baby boomers retire, Generation Y's are becoming a major part of the workforce, and Kunz said they expect their employer to invest in training and help them map out a career.

They will make a long-term decision on staying within your company in the first day, she said.


Comments

Company training shouldn't be one-size-fits-all

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 9, 2013 1:39 pm ET
Updated: April 9, 2013 1:48 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Teens put a cap on watery ketchup

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm ET

Whether you spell it ketchup or catsup, use it on burgers or fries, or prefer Heinz or Hunt's, there is one universal problem for the ages: That...    More

Image

Material Insights: Vladimir Putin helps open Russian PVC plant

September 29, 2014 2:44 pm ET

Plus, we take an in-depth look at several resin pricing changes, along with news from LyondellBasell.    More

Image

ATI strikes gold with bowling pinsetter production

September 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET

Heavy-duty equipment used to arrange and re-set bowling pins netted three awards for Associated Thermoforming Inc. in the parts competition at the...    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Retro thermoforming toy is a hit at SPE event

September 25, 2014 6:00 am ET

Vinyl sign thwarts pee-wee football team, SPE thermoforming conference attendees turn back time with a 1960s toy and R&D/Leverage has found success...    More

Image

Delta Plastics gives farmers new tool to conserve water

September 24, 2014 2:24 pm ET

Delta Plastics, which manufactures polyethylene irrigation tubes, or polytubes, is offering farmers in the Mississippi Delta free access to a web-base...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events