A major agriculture company recently complained to me that they had over 3000 jobs to fill in the Midwest and they could not find trained talent who were willing to take these jobs.I know this might sound crazy if you are someone looking for a job or if you are in an industry where you are laying people off rather than having jobs to fill. However the media doesn’t report on the jobs that are available they are more likely to report on the loss of jobs in America.As a consultant and trainer in the agriculture industry (I grew up on a working farm so I have first hand knowledge of the mentality of agriculture people) I told the CEO on the phone that they had a PR problem. Interestingly about two weeks later there was news media coverage on CNN about jobs available in the agriculture industry.There are a number of reasons why recruiting and retention is a challenge in the agriculture industry such as younger generations like Generation Y (those in their 20’s) are shying away from labor jobs and are more attracted to technological fields and that Generation X (those in their 30’s) do not want to be away from their families for long periods of time and thirdly that Zoomers (Baby boomers 50 and to about 28) are retiring.But these reasons do not have to be seen as a negative when looking to recruit and retain specifically for the agriculture industry, rather there is an opportunity to focus and ‘sell’ the positives to each of the demographics so that we are providing custom lifestyle values that will entice talent to the industry.Here are 6 ways to recruit in the agriculture industry:#1- Build your recruitment campaigns around the values of each of the generations. For example driving a tractor today is very different than it used to be. Today’s equipment is tricked out with the latest technology- users can access the web, use auto functions and have increased safety. This needs to be communicated to Generation Y’s who can accept repetitive work tasks (like driving a tractor) if they are told about the positives. They can access Facebook or they can work mornings and afternoon and evenings free or some days they will be working 14 hours but they can work in a season and make as much money as they might make in a year at another job.#2- Look at the communities and what they offer younger generations and families. Recently in Entrepreneur magazine (October 2011) there was an article about two Generation X agriculture employees who found that there was nothing for them to do outside of work in their small town, nor were their family activities that appealed to today’s tech savvy kids. They set out to create weekly Wii and X Box championship gatherings and they set up a Web Cafe for brainstorming and sharing tech resources. An opportunity for an agriculture company is to find ways to add value and enhance the communities where they employ workers.#3- Look for industries with similar values when recruiting- with many military workers returning home they are an ideal talent resource. Those who have worked in the military are typically disciplined, willing to work hard and are used to being away from family for periods of time.#4- An obvious yet underused recruitment tool is referral incentives. Your existing talent pool is the perfect place to solicit for more workers that are exactly like them. Encourage your employees to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Linked In to reach out to their circles of influence to engage and invite their peers to join the agriculture industry.#5- Use media more vigorously- You Tube is the 2nd highest search engine on the Internet- research shows that we are all drawn to video as a communication tool more than any other medium. Create modern, edgy and values focused video to tell your agriculture company story and to engage and invite talent to apply for jobs in your company. Video tape your happy workers of all ages and have them tell their story as to why they love the agriculture industry. Every one of your websites should have engaging video on your home page and on your recruitment pages.#6- Once you have recruited you need to make sure you retain them. Most generation Y’s will only stick around with any employer for a maximum of three years. Rather than see this as disloyal- see it as an opportunity to keep them for as long as you can. Positive on boarding strategies are crucial to increase retention as are recognition, rewards and good leadership. If companies are not focused on retention strategies then they will find themselves constantly recruiting because of high turnover.It is an exciting time for the agriculture industry in 2011 and beyond- it’s a great problem to have so many jobs available that other industries would love to have!In order to recruit and retain for the agriculture industry we need to integrate what has worked in the past with new strategies that include technology, modifying hours and the way we work and matching what workers want with what your company can provide.
Have you ever thought who undertakes intricate electrical tasks in big commercial and industrial units? It is none other than industrial electrical contractors who work in systems having voltages of 13,200V Amperes. This needs special abilities due to complex nature of equipment they need to handle as well as the high voltages. A general electrical contractor in his place can never solve complex electric projects related to machinery.How Hiring Industrial Electrical Contractors Can Give You An Edge?For large commercial projects and big events, it is needless to say that you need experts for absolute safety. Right from installing electrical equipment and do electrical wiring or switches, they have comprehensive knowledge of the intricacies of the systems.When it comes to repairing too, they show special level of proficiency. A leading contractor executes all the repairing tasks with nominal impact on the business functions.Apart from dealing with large systems in commercial units, industrial electric contractors are also engaged in large construction assignments where they need to do all the design, maintenance and installation of large-scale industrial lighting systems. Since they are highly skilled, they comprehend the blueprint of the task they are working on, conform to the international quality and depict highest level of safety standards.Types of Industrial Electrical ContractorsIndustrial Electrical Contractors: They deal with the tasks of energy-efficient lighting installations and maintenance work in restaurants, warehouses, commercial units etc.Inside Contractors: They provide electricity to structures in property lines.Line Contractors: They deal with power transmissions and distribution lines with high-voltages. They also maintain the electrical connections for sending electricity through high-power lines.Why Hiring Industrial Electrical Contractors is a Good Option?Safety: When it comes to total safety, the professional contractors are the best. With in-depth knowledge and vast experience, they execute all the electrical tasks safely and easily. It is needless to say that electrical tasks are always hazardous and any mistake can cause injury or death of people. Therefore, hiring the expert electricians is always a shrewd decision.Speed: The industrial contractors can troubleshoot or patch-up electrical problems such as outdated outlets, defectively set cabling, malfunctioning of system with precision and speed. The industrial electricians are certified and hold licence, therefore they finish all the industrial and commercial projects within deadlines.Fair Transactions: Most of the reliable contractors offer estimates of their work to their clients which means they believe in fair dealings. So hiring them is as shrewd as it gets.Good customer care services: Conforming to all the local and federal policies, these certified professionals provide high-quality services to the customers. They respond to the phone calls and emails and address to their grievances quickly. Most contractors also work as consultants for diagnosing problems in the electrical system and when malfunctioning arises.Hire reliable industrial electrical contractors for your next project and be hassle free. Get complete peace of mind and total worth of your money.
PCI Slots have become the industry standard for expansion technology and connectivity. Correctly configuring your new PCI-based Industrial PC is essential to keeping your industrial computing process moving smoothly. Let’s look at how and why this benefits your business.1. Many PCI slots available – up to 18 in a systemWhen you need to host lots of expansion devices, you need lots of slots. Configure up to 18 PCI slots in your new industrial computer so you know you’ll have room to grow.2. Long term 3-5yr availabilityWhen configuring an industrial computer for your PCI needs, it’s important to choose one with long-term availability, especially if your are designing a system that will have to be reproduced at a later date. Only a reputable industrial computer supplier that offers long-life industrial motherboards, single board computers (SBC), passive backplanes, and Panel PCs can guarantee long term support.3. Bus MasteringExpansion devices are capable of taking control of the PCI bus to perform direct data transfers. It is important to understand the requirements of your PCI expansion, IO and Data Acquisition cards and their compatibility with an industrial computer PCI bus. A quality industrial computer supplier will work with you to understand your requirements and verify system compatibility, so your industrial computer system arrives working as expected.4. Support for the futureAn industrial computer manufacturer that understands the industrial market place will offer support for past, current and future technologies. While most data acquisition, control and interface expansion cards are available today in PCI interface; the future of PCIe and 64-bit PCI (3.3V 64-Bit, 5V 64-Bit, PCI-X) interface is already here. Further, most industrial computing applications still have ISA cards that they can’t do without. It is important to choose an industrial computer supplier that provides PCIe expansion (aka PCI Express, Peripheral Component Interconnect, PCI-E) as well as PCI and ISA. PCIe sockets can be configured for PCIe x1, PCIe x4 and PCIe x16 devices. PCIe allows for faster device communication as it eliminates the need for the bus to switch priorities between devices. Choosing a 64 bit PCI-capable board doubles the rate of data transfer for capable devices over 32-bit PCI. Make sure to correct the right PCI Slots for your needs!5. Built for IndustryYour equipment works hard. That’s why we offer standard features such as multiple serial ports (RS-232/RS-422/RS-485, watchdog timer, onboard digital IO, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, many USB ports, onboard RAID, Hardware Monitoring (CPU/system temperature, CPU/system voltage, CPU/system Fan), SMBus (System Management Bus for advanced monitoring / control interface), Intel® iAMT & iTPM support and robust-durable industrial chassis. Your industrial computing application is too important to trust to off the shelf desktop models.