HOLLAND, Mi. - Office furniture giant Herman Miller offered $2,000 signing bonuses at a hiring event January 7.
The company is hiring for a number of manufacturing-related positions at its Holland, Michigan plant, including second and third shift machine manufacturers and machine operators. Check out their site for more specifics.
The hiring bonuses come at a time when many woodworking businesses are having trouble finding workers. At a recent Wood Products Manufacturers Association (WPMA) meeting in Nashville, nearly all attendees named an inability to find workers as a chief industry issue.
Low unemployment rates, rural shop locations, and millennial lack of interest and work ethic seem to be primary reasons, according to WPMA members.
Leon Osborne, of Georgia-based Osborne Wood Products, says Osborne is choosing to be less selective when hiring workers. Ex-cons and other previously barred candidates are being considered for hire. The company is also being more flexible with younger employees - granting them more accommodating schedules so long as they get the job done.
Other firms are offering younger workers incentives to work, including paying a portion of their college tuition. One attendee said his shop allows a young worker to leave the shop early certain days to play in a baseball league.
Others are hiring them only for specific roles, like marketing and social media.
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