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Nurturing Talent and Safety: A Comprehensive Guide to Labor Retention and Recruiting in the Glass Industry

November 2023

Author: Merv Campbell

The glass industry, renowned for its intricate work and precision, relies heavily on skilled and dedicated professionals. Labor retention and recruiting are pivotal aspects of sustaining a thriving glass business. In this guide, we'll delve into strategies for retaining skilled workers and recruiting new talent, emphasizing the role of quality tools, partnership with trade schools, and the importance of prioritizing safety and worker satisfaction.

Trade Schools Partnership for Skill Development

Establishing partnerships with trade schools is an excellent strategy for recruiting fresh talent and fostering a pipeline of skilled workers. These collaborations offer a platform for sharing insights into industry techniques, potentially providing internships, and creating a direct pathway for fresh talent into the vibrant world of glazing.

Attracting Talent with Modern Tools and Equipment

Discover the magnetic appeal of a workplace that embraces modern tools. Showcase the allure of working with state-of-the-art equipment like rolling glass racks, window dolly carts, and innovative glass installation equipment, such as the Terra Trek™ Glass Cart. Showcase your commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry, making your business an attractive workplace.

Creating a Positive Work Culture

A positive work culture is crucial for retaining skilled workers. It’s important to cultivate an environment that encourages growth, recognizes achievements, and supports the well-being of employees. From team-building activities to transparent communication, learn how to foster a workplace where professionals feel valued and motivated. Company core values also play an essential role in any organization’s success and provide a framework for making important decisions. Employees who align with their company’s core values are likely to be more engaged, productive, and committed to their work. They are motivated by a sense of purpose and feel connected to the company’s mission. This translates into improved employee morale, retention, and ultimately, better business results.

Photo from: ACME Glass

Investing in Quality Tools for a Happy and Safe Workforce

Quality tools not only enhance efficiency but also contribute significantly to worker satisfaction and safety. If you haven’t already, introduce your workforce to the concept of a glass suction cup, such as the Stealth Grip™, and the importance of tools like a 4-wheel dolly, 90-degree clamp, and rolling glass racks. Ergonomic and efficient tools help reduce physical strain and make the work environment more conducive to job satisfaction.

Photo from: ACME Glass

In conclusion, successfully retaining and recruiting talent in the glass industry requires a multi-faceted approach. By investing in quality tools, partnering with trade schools, emphasizing safety, and creating a positive work culture, your glass business can become a sought-after workplace for skilled professionals. Stay at the forefront of the industry, foster continuous learning, and prioritize the well-being of your workforce for sustained success in the competitive glass industry.

Connect with the author, Merv Campbell, and Omni Cubed® on LinkedIn.