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Jobs in Your Hometown

October 31, 2012

It’s difficult to focus on “work stuff” in the aftermath of the storm I won’t name. Given the suffering and destruction, I think the idea of marketers “newsjacking” the horrific experience is sickening…

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen put out a song called “My Hometown.” His words painted images of an “offshoring” phenomenon just begun:

“They’re closing down the textile mill ‘cross the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back… in my hometown”

Apparently, the Boss was wrong. Some of them are coming back…

Yesterday I got a preview of a KronosWorks session titled, “Onshoring: The Coming Challenge for HR and HRIS.” We do dry-runs for all of our 25+ Services presentations so none of them are horrifying sales pitches like this one. This session presenter is Alex Kerin of Kronos. Alex is a Senior Consultant in our Workforce Management Consulting Practice. After our internal review ended, I said to him, “people should have to pay a separate admission for this session!” It’s that good.

The session looks at some of the global economic factors contributing to the trend (highlighted by Businessweek here and here), like the prediction China’s labor cost advantage will drop to 10 percent by 2015 , and then explores Overall Labor Effectiveness (OLE) as a way for manufacturers to ensure they and their workforce are efficient as possible. Finally, Alex visually explains how manufacturers can use workforce big data to maintain OLE in real time. If you’re a manufacturer attending KronosWorks, this session should not be missed.

Some jobs are coming back to these shores. If you’re a manufacturer, make sure you’re ready.

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