Regulatory compliance is certainly necessary, but not sufficient, to yield quality. Quality goes beyond the device, pharmaceutical or biologic produced and starts with the quality of workers. With the many pressures for change, the characteristics required of the ideal employee will change as well.
Research published this week by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. shows that 21% of companies surveyed have recently replaced some of their workers with automation, and 31% of the companies responding predict that certain jobs within their firms will be replaced by technology within the next decade. But that same research found that new technology has created jobs as well. Of the companies that replaced workers with automation, 68% indicated that the adoption of new technology resulted in the creation of new positions; 35% indicated the number of jobs that were created exceeded the number that was eliminated. Life science employers need to consider how they will prepare or compete for workers with the skills necessary to fulfill the knowledge-based jobs that new technology will create.
Forbes contributor Ken Sundheim suggests that companies will be best prepared for the future if they hire employees based on their personality traits rather than the factual information they possess. His logic is that information can always be taught, and that the information employees need to know will change over time. He suggests that the ideal employees – the kind that will assure quality even when regulatory requirements and technology change — will be:
|Action-oriented||Cultural fit||Detail oriented|
How does your current workforce stack up on these attributes? Is your company well positioned to deliver quality in the face of change?
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