The Automotive Staffing Wars
With unemployment rates at record lows, the hiring market has become increasingly competitive. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the automotive manufacturing arena.
For example, GM has had to hire 9,000 new people in the past 24 months alone, as it strives to develop both better electrified vehicles and new automated driving technologies.
As the Kalamazoo area’s leading janitorial staffing service we are often asked how me manage to attract and retain such high caliber employees – time after time and job after job. In previous posts we have offered our view on why we love millennial workers, and how to retain millennial workers.
In this article we take a look at the “Big Three” automotive companies to see what automotive manufacturers are doing to attract and keep high quality employees.
General Motors Staffing
40% of GM’s 67,000 salaried full-time global employees are new hires within the last five years. Now GM must keep those workers satisfied and content – in spite of talent-poaching from rivals Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler.
For starters, GMs tech center in Warren, Michigan has recently been re-designed to echo Facebook and Google’s legendary offices. In a recent interview with the Detroit Free Press, Michael Arena, GM’s chief talent officer, talked about the updates:
“You’ve got coffee tables that are made of old hoods from a ’57 Chevy, you’ve got stools that came from recycled tires, car doors that line the wall and act as booths for sitting spaces.”
In total GM has also spent three years and more than $1 billion redesigning offices in Detroit, Milford and Warren.
But Arena says it’s not just about the furniture. “It’s about creating an environment for collaboration … we make sure you have a work environment that’s enabling and empowering, instead of constricting.”
Ford Motor Company Staffing
In the industrial manufacturing talent wars, Ford Motor Co. has also taken a mighty big swing to bolster its “cool factor” in order to attract and retain the best workers.
Having recently purchased the 500,000 Michigan Central Depot railroad station, Ford plans to use the building as an “innovation hub”. Located near Detroit’s hip Corktown neighborhood, the renovated building will house teams working on the future of mobility—think self-driving cars, ride sharing etc.
Craig Hoff, the dean of the college of engineering at Kettering University, notes that this move is very likely a maneuver by Ford to recruit and retain valued talent. “There is definitely a trend among young people who want to live in a cool urban development and Detroit has become a cool city.”
Fiat Chrysler Staffing
While Fiat Chrysler is still reeling from the tragic and unexpected death of CEO Sergio Marchionne, it has also focused efforts on revitalizing the company’s talent pool since Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2009.
Nearly every job posting on their official job board includes this telling mission statement:
“Our benefits reflects the FCA commitment to helping you reach your personal and professional goals. In addition to an environment that promotes career development, we offer benefits for a healthy lifestyle and a rewarding future, designed to take care of you and your family, in various stages of life.”
Kalamazoo Area’s Best Automotive Janitorial Staffing Services
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Outsourcing your industrial janitorial services can make the monumental task of keeping your entire plant clean faster, easier and more cost efficient than ever, and save your manufacturing company a significant amount of money.
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