for such people is early retirement I'm afraid.
Afterall, in a manufacturing environment, the less demanding jobs are often loosely classified as salary, even if not management actually.
And companies are trimming overall for quite sometime, they want to lose employees, not transfer them.
And of course, older workers are the best to get rid of, even if they can do their job. They generally have the most time in, giving them the most vacation time (liability from employer standpoint) for just one point. And it's generally held that older workers cost more in health care benefits, another liability to the bean counters. In reality, I'm not sure that younger workers absentism isn't higher than older workers. But then, just laying out doesn't involve medical benifit payouts.
Companies love for older blue collar to retire for many reasons, even when they don't try to push it.
Funny, you almost have to be a certain age to have gained the experience necessary for higher management, but the experience at a hour pay job that makes you good isn't valued as much. Oh well, that's the way it was, is, and probably will be. Of course, newer equipment renders some experience obsolete.
But the interesting effect I've seen of trying to train operators to do many different jobs, and get rid of the oldsters, is that now the people training know which buttons to push in what order. But almost no one understands the process they're running, so if things act abnormal, they haven't a clue what to do. Then they want maintenance and engineering to 'fix it' so it runs just as the SOP describes it. Push button A, wait till reading equals xbv then push button C. That's the current training standard, IMO.
And all that while polishing all the buzzwords of enpowerment (to get workers to, in spare minute or two, do clerical and planning work they use to have a separate person to do) and productivity (that word is a modernday cat-of-nine tails for wage slaves), and so forth.
Oh well, just a rant. Damn, I sound almost like Bob in some ways here don't I. Chuckling, well I disagree with him often, but don't think he's a bad fellow at all, so that's ok.
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