Deep dive.

NWIRC culture shift graphicCulture is the soul of a company. With today’s current challenges of finding and keeping employees, now more than ever, culture can be a competitive advantage for attracting and retaining the best talent. Plus, having motivated, dedicated, loyal, and empowered employees leads to improved communication, increased productivity, decreased waste, and lower absenteeism. Culture is described by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as how an organization defines the proper way to behave within the organization. This culture consists of shared beliefs and values established by leaders and then communicated and reinforced through various methods, ultimately shaping employee perceptions, behaviors and understanding. But why is developing culture important? Approximately 47% of active job seekers cite company culture as their driving reason for looking for work and 35% of people surveyed said they would turn down the perfect job if the company culture wasn’t a good fit (builtin.com).
Ninety-day turnover rates are higher than ever, leaders are being put into positions without proper training, and team members do not feel valued or appreciated.

An in-depth evaluation, by an objective third-party, can often shed light on your company culture that your management team may not see and your employees may not be telling you. NWIRC continues to help manufacturers in the region focus on their workforce with culture assessments and detailed development plans. A culture assessment helps the leadership team gain awareness of what’s working, and what’s not, because you can’t change what we are not aware of. Having an assessment from an outside perspective, provides your team an opportunity to be heard and shows their voice matters.

Over the next several months, companies in specific regions of northwestern PA are eligible to receive an assessment at no-cost. Reach out to lpustelak@nwirc.org to learn more or to schedule an assessment.

An extension for onboarding new hires.

For many companies, onboarding consists of a new hire completing required paperwork and having a few days of orientation. There is often no strategy in place to successfully integrate new employees into the team and can be the cause of higher turnover rates. Manufacturing Career Readiness training was developed by NWIRC to serve as an extension of a company’s onboarding process. The program includes 4 weekly, 90-minute sessions held via Zoom focused on Manufacturing 101, Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Communication/Conflict, and Goal Setting. The concept was piloted in the North Central PA counties with great success, and is now available to manufacturing employees in the northwest and north central regions.
New sessions are scheduled to begin on March 2 and June 1. See more at www.nwirc.org/events.