Having been around the manufacturing industry for most of my career, I’ve seen a lot of transformation. The biggest change in my view, has been the nature of the work out on the factory floor. As Ray Attiyah, Chief Innovation Officer of Definity Partners and a colleague and client of mine always says,
“You can’t leave your brain in your pickup truck.”
The days of the mindless, dumb, dirty and dangerous manufacturing jobs are gone forever. HOORAY!!! Sadly, the reputation lags the reality. Too many of us still perceive the factory worker as the low-skilled robot doing mind-numbingly repetitive tasks. BOO!!! And it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
So this Labor Day, let’s celebrate not only the resurgence of American Manufacturing, but also the resurgence of lots and lots of challenging jobs and careers bursting out of the industry.