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The Human Element in EMS

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t.alex
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Re: Get 'em early
t.alex   8/8/2013 9:59:47 AM
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I do see a number of people who trained in engineering, interned at big MNC with good HR policies but ended up working for banks with the prospects of better pay and better future :-)

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Re : The Human Element in EMS
tirlapur   7/31/2013 9:06:55 AM
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In the electronics industry, as in many other global businesses, there is a crisis in HR management. Managing a global workforce means balancing the needs of local cultural considerations with cost reductions through lower labor rates. Historically, this has been particularly true in the EMS industry. But when a business considers its employees as merely an expense on the income statement, there is trouble ahead. The truth is people really are the most vital entry on a company's financial statement. They generate the value by operating the apparatus, maintaining customer relationships, and protecting the value of the assets.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   7/30/2013 7:46:08 PM
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@Nemos, i think there a lot of people looking for jobs--and that jobs are getting more specialized. It's gotten much more difficult and complicated to match the right people to the right jobs. it does make it harder for eveyrone involved, hiring and those wanting to be hired.

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Re: Get 'em early
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   7/30/2013 7:44:48 PM
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Thanks, Sparky... really interesting examples. I do think that getting them young is really important...and making them fun. I'll bet FLL has gotten a lot of kids on the path.


As for mentoring, i know that it was great mentors that kept me moving forward in the industry. I want to throw this out to everyone: Tell us what your mentors have done to you? What do you do to mentor others? Give us some great stories!

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Nemos   7/30/2013 6:59:43 PM
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The problem is that are too many candidates with qualifications in the market and in the most companies are so picky in the hiring process. The problem that is mentioned actually is created by the companies and their hiring advisor companies.

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Sparky the Wonder Cat   7/30/2013 4:15:11 PM
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I have some experience here, as a Board member of an EMS trade association that engages student/parent/instructor organizations from Elementary through University level with exposure to, and support from, our industry. One such organization is FIRST Lego League (FLL). FLL has proven to be an outstanding program for children with interest in manufacturing task-oriented electronic robots. In later years this includes design. In all years it fosters team-building equally with device building. "Get 'em early" is essential. Waiting until college really is too-late. However, we've been very successful at creating Student Chapters of our organization at engineering schools (e.g., Georgia-Tech) along with intern programs (companies big & small love internships).

And let's not forget mentoring. There are organizations that will pair professionals with tech students, making a rewarding experience for both. Checkout MentorNet as but one example.

 


 

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Get 'em early
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   7/22/2013 8:08:08 PM
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In the IT security industry, there are a lot of programs and contests and events aimed at raising the attention of young folks, in graduate school, college, and even high school and middle school. I wonder if there are programs like that in the supply chain industry...and whether they would be effective. It might be too esoteric for younger students, but perhaps in advanced education. Anyone have any experience? HOw about big companies using interns or something like that?

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WaqasAltaf   7/22/2013 12:51:19 PM
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Elctnx_lyf, the quality of leadership determines whether the human resources are viewed as a long term asset or an expense to the business. However, for consistent improvements and successful outcomes, it is necessary to retain and train the workforce you already possess. If leadership thinks short-term, it cannot expect high-skilled / high-performing labour to stay with the enterprise.

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Bring down other costs
WaqasAltaf   7/22/2013 12:46:06 PM
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I think EMSs are a mixture of skills of human resources, manufacturing equipments and the methodology to manufacture. Clients expect a lower manufacturing cost and not specifically the lower labour cost of the EMS providers. If quality human resources are deployed they might make good use of the manufacturing equipment and bring improvements to the manufacturing methodology thus bringing the overall costs down and simultaneously improve the quality of products. Conventional thinking to save labour cost is not the way to go. 

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Re: No option
Himanshugupta   7/21/2013 1:45:33 PM
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@Tirlapur, i do not know whether the reason for falling number of people studing STEM is populations dynamics (less number of young people) but the situation in the developing world is not too bright as the education system in developing countries still teaches century old theories. Most of the students go to developed world for advance studies and work there for either sometime or longer. If these young fellows want to come back to developing country even then companies absorb them as the world is shrinking due to technologies around us. So i think that the options are not traditional anymore.

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