This transition takes time and know-how, which pivots us to the second solution: safeguard knowledge. One way is to ensure the older generation passes on existing expertise. Even when you can’t find the perfect match immediately, your current technicians can help educate those with potential. New employees can learn on the job and continue to learn throughout their career, advancing their skill set ad infinitum.
You create specialized experts by adding programs on specific, innovative technology to transmit existing knowledge. They will play an essential role in driving the innovation trajectory, not only by applying what they learn from older generations but by adding to it and adapting new techniques that steer toward smarter, digitalized maintenance. For example, predictive maintenance through IoT sensor systems enables remote monitoring to help assets run smoothly, even when workers can’t be on-site. As a result, engineers and technicians can work smarter and plan better, optimizing personnel resources on the go.
View training and adapting innovative technology as a way to take matters into your hands. Not only to fill the gap right now but also in the future. This requires periodic organizational checks to anticipate the changing need of the business. In doing so, you improve your personnel’s long-term value and efficiency, and overall quality, establishing a work ethic based on proactive decision-making to prevent failures before they happen.