Management by Paul Engle

Industrial Engineer's monthly column about engineering management (July 2014) 

The incredible shrinking workforce

My daily commute is replete with billboards that promote local companies as great places to work. They typically include a photo of a younger worker, beaming from ear to ear, and a caption encouraging similar individuals to begin their careers at their particular company. Yet many employers complain that they cannot find qualified candidates. This problem appears to be most acute for skilled, technical and experienced positions. What’s going on? 

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