TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- A Yazaki Corp. joint venture in the Philippines has an on-site medical facility to serve its workers. In Nicaragua, Yazaki worked with local charities and governments to open the way for its workers to buy the land for houses, an opportunity they otherwise would not have had.
These are just some of the actions that Yazaki, the worlds largest wiring harness maker, has taken to recruit and retain staffers at its locations around the world. Nigel Thompson, executive vice president for development and planning at Yazaki North America, gave the examples Tuesday during a panel discussion at the Management Briefing Seminars.
Phil Ullom, a managing consultant with Watson Wyatt Worldwide, said that recruiting and retaining workers is a major, ongoing issue for companies in Asia. Higher pay in many cases is not the most effective incentive, he said. According to a survey by his company, its job satisfaction.
With operations in 38 countries around the globe, Yazaki has extensive experience in assessing work force issues when considering a new manufacturing location, Thompson said.
We can usually predict such variables as absenteeism, turnover and rate of productivity improvement, he said. Yazaki then measures performance against those targets.
Yazaki also conducts various activities to make its workers, known as associates, feel more connected to the company.
For example, it holds associate appreciation days, linked to work force diversity. Celebrating that diversity has a very strong retention aspect for us, Thompson said.
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