DES MOINES—A controversial bill passed by the Iowa Senate in the wee hours of the morning would loosen child labor laws in the state and allow some manufacturers to employ children under the age of 18 in their facilities.
According to Gallup, a global analytics and advice firm, only 21% of employees worldwide and 32% in the U.S. fall in the "engaged" category. Every year, Gallup gathers data from professionals across over 50 industries worldwide to use knowledge to create transformation and advise employers on improving engagement.
Women in Manufacturing is an organization making an impact. The mission-driven trade association, founded in 2010, hosts resourceful events in virtual learning, networking, and a signature event series called Moms in Manufacturing, the first event of its kind launched just last year.
When a recent survey asked manufacturers to list their biggest challenges, 83 percent said "attracting and retaining a quality workforce." Only supply chain disruptions and rising material costs ranked higher. Indeed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturers had 858,000 unfilled jobs in November 2021. And the problem is only going to get worse.