• Emerging leaders think tank yields perspective and ideas for TSMA

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    Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association is looking to the future and held an “Emerging Leaders Think Tank” on June 4, 2019. Some 30 people attended, including twenty “emerging leaders” --- young people currently employed by manufacturers in the region. The session was facilitated by our Dream It. Do It. Coordinator, Michelle Landsverk, Landsverk & Associates. 

     
    As we look to the changing landscape of the future TSMA wanted to gather perspectives of younger manufacturing employees on what would cause them to be more involved with the association. The discussion started with this problem statement: TSMA is missing the perspective and involvement of the younger generation. Participants were then asked to answer a question: What would cause you, and others of your generation, to get involved with TSMA?
     
    Breakout sessions gathered input on four focus areas: events, programs, training, and marketing/communication. Dozens of terrific ideas were recorded; a voting procedure was used to rate the ideas. Those ideas voted most likely to impact the engagement of younger workers are noted below.  
     
    The TSMA Board of Directors will review the findings, with time allotted to fully reflect on and understand the potential impact of the participant’s ideas/suggestions. The findings show support for continuation of certain activities (plant tours, collaboration with Dream It. Do It), with exciting opportunity to expand and grow in new directions. Stay tuned!
     
    Events: 
    • Host plant tours
    • Offer discounted pricing for members
    • Schedule events during business hours
    • Host a shooting competition
    • “Meet the Board of Directors” event
     
    Programs:
    • Provide information on Manufacturing Career Paths
    • Collaborate with Dream It. Do. It.
    • Promote the Image of Manufacturing (clean, high tech)
    • Offer a “how to” on employee retention
    • Implement a technology sharing program on TSMA website
     
    Training:
    • Offer Strength Finder Leadership Training
    • Offer leadership training (in addition to the above)
    • Recognize the need for employer support re: attendance
    • Offer tuition reimbursement
    • Host off-site training at a central location
    • Promote Youth Apprenticeship
    • Offer employee development training (QBQ, cross training, Six Sigma, communication)
     
    Marketing and Communication:
    • Encourage members to include a to TSMA website on company intranet
    • Conduct a survey re: metrics for employee satisfaction; publish results
    • After-hours events should be family friendly
    • Encourage managers to personally invite attendance of young employees.
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