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8 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2022 Upskilling Staff is Your Best Option For the past few years, industry analysts have been talking about the need for fabrica- tors to "upskill" their employees to be ready for the technologies of tomorrow. e Smart factory and Industry 4.0—not to mention the ramping-up of AI—are just a few reasons that your staff really needs continuing education throughout their careers. But upskilling is more than a fancy-sound- ing idea. In today's labor market, fabrication management may not have any other alter- natives than to make the best of the employ- ees they have right now. at, and pray that none of the subject matter experts retire in the meantime. (If I owned a board shop right now, I'd set up putt-putt golf in one corner of the shop floor to satiate the 63-year-old staffers who are looking forward to spending life on the links. And make every day Hawaiian Shirt Day. But I digress.) The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007

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