David Harding of Harding Poorman Group raises his concerns over loss of talent in the industry
Published on September 14, 2010
David Harding: My name is David Harding; I’m President and CEO of Harding Poorman Group in Indianapolis, Indiana.
We have 165 employees, about $25 million in sales each year. And we were talking about the lack of employees or the fact that the industry has lost about 3,000 establishments since 2004, according to one industry financial expert. And I think the question we have to ask ourselves and challenge ourselves which is, what are we doing with the loss of talent that we are seeing in our industry? And as printers, we should be responsible for developing the talents of the future. How do you do that? Well, a lot of ways. We have some people who are going to retire in our business. Can you make them a mentor for future pressman or future folder operators, or future cutter operators, or even your management team? Can you develop a mentoring program and maybe those people get a bonus out of mentoring an employee. And at the end of the year if that employee passes a test, I’m able to get that bonus because I mentored them.
But we need to be deeply concerned because we are losing some great people and they may say, “Hey, I’m not going to come back to the printing industry because it didn’t do me right the first time. So I think it’s inherent in us as printers to prove that our industry can be a great industry and it is a great industry and prove to businesses and people alike that we are an industry worth thinking about getting into.
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