The forecasts are currently driving beads of sweat down the foreheads of many SMEs: falling exports, low economic growth (if any), rising energy prices, uncertain supply chains. But the glass is also half full: SMEs are more flexible than large corporations and can therefore exploit untapped opportunities more quickly. One possibility: to push ahead with research and development in order to be able to offer optimised or new products quickly.
The word “crisis” is being used inflationarily right now, because we are spoiled by years of growth and economic success. And now this: still a pandemic, uncertain supply chains, plus a war-related energy crisis and the climate crisis that can hardly be explained away after a dry summer. Yes, these are more difficult times than five years ago – for people and for the economy. But crisis winners – crisis losers: is that the right question? [Read more…]
Digitalisation in the manufacturing sector is not a new topic. Many medium-sized companies have already gained experience with Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Almost all companies already work with ERP systems that digitally map all processes in the company. In addition, there are now Big Data and platform technologies.
However, it is also a fact that some SMEs lack the financial resources to implement Industry 4.0 consistently. Many of the companies are family businesses that feel committed to their employees and shy away from job losses. At the same time, we are seeing an increasing shortage of skilled workers, a trend that plays into the hands of digitalisation. [Read more…]
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at the latest, everyone has been talking about “New Work”. Sounds good, like a breath of fresh air in the working world, new forms of work like the 6-hour day, the 4-day week, mobile working, coworking. These topics were not new two years ago, but the pandemic changed the working world significantly for many professionals. Now discussions are beginning about how to proceed. It is becoming apparent: back to square one is not an option.
Addressing the labour shortage: Making intelligent use of human resources
Wherever we look, we see a shortage of labour. And here I am deliberately not only talking about a shortage of skilled workers in the sense of academically trained specialists. There is also a shortage of workers who have completed vocational training or have been trained for certain jobs.
Almost all branches of industry and commerce as well as the public sector are affected by the labour shortage. But what to do in times of need? Blind actionism is – in my experience – not a solution. But there are various strategic approaches to approaching a solution. Even if the following suggestions and ideas sound as if they are classic HR tasks – in fact they are strategy topics that should fit your company. Therefore, please feel free to arrange a strategy meeting in which we discuss these and possible other approaches. [Read more…]