Workforce: Digitized Flow for Generation X

Young people joining the workforce today grew up with vastly different technological toys than the baby boomers whose shoes they're stepping into. Consequently, they have different preferences about how they receive information.

This difference is crucial to manufacturing executives, because manufacturing operations amass huge amounts of information that have to be passed down the generational line. And with workforce demographics changing as baby-boom retirements ramp up, this knowledge transfer process has to happen faster than it used to.

Most companies are tackling this challenge by digitizing their workflow processes and converting that information to formats better suited to young workers' preferences.

We recently talked with Don Busiek, general manager of operations management software for GE Intelligent Platforms, to learn more about how companies are managing this transition and using it to make their operations more productive and competitive.

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