Manufacturers place premium on people, reluctant to lay off

Commitment to training and development remains firm.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Canadian manufacturers will be looking to their HR departments to improve corporate performance in the year ahead — despite tough economic conditions.

In a survey of its members conducted earlier this year by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), organizational culture and a lack of qualified personnel were the third and fourth most cited constraints to performance improvement; resource limitations was most cited, cost constraints was second.

When asked what they planned to do to overcome those constraints, respondents most often said they would overhaul corporate culture and improve employee skill sets.