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CPI Workforce Issues See Positive Movement

By Scott Jenkins |

Significant workforce-related hurdles remain in place for CPI companies, but signs of progress are emerging For the past several years, companies in the chemical process industries (CPI) have been grappling with three consequential workforce issues that have also plagued other heavy industrial sectors. These issues are the wave of retirements by experienced workers from the “Baby Boom” generation, recruiting and retaining “Millennial” workers to fill in the ranks and a less-than-stellar perception of the CPI as an attractive place to work. While all three are likely to persist into the future, signals are now emerging that the effort and resources aimed at addressing these issues are starting to have positive effects on the overall employment landscape in the CPI. By emphasizing digital technologies, enhancing partnerships with colleges and universities, and developing new job-related approaches, CPI companies are seeing improved attraction and retention of required workers. Meanwhile, low unemployment and continued demand are keeping salaries in the CPI high as companies explore new compensation mechanisms [see “Employment opportunities and salaries” below]. Challenges persist, but progress made Much of the…
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