Does Manufacturing Need a Culture Makeover?

By Adrienne M. Selko

While it’s common knowledge that manufacturing has a culture problem, what might not be known is how deep a problem this is.

In a study by Grant Thornton, “Return on Culture: Proving the Connection Between Work and Profit,” manufacturing executives are least likely than other industry executives to say that their culture is healthy or facilitates innovation.

It’s not just the executive suite that’s unhappy, manufacturing workers are the least engaged in their work — 8 percentage points behind all other industry sectors, according to a recent Gallup survey.

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