PIA seeks participants for its hiring, human resources and recruitment study

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) Center for Print Economics and Management, and the Department of Management at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), are partnering on a new Management Study exploring recruiting, hiring, and human resources best practices throughout the printing and graphic communications industry. The study will address a common concern among printing industry leaders – the ability to recruit, hire, and adequately staff their firms. With the print market remaining strong, the study aims to answer this key question – Why is staffing such an issue?

Dr. Ron Davis
Dr. Ron Davis.

“Labour markets are heating up along with the economy,” said Dr. Ron Davis, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at the PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management. “The U.S unemployment rate at 4.1% is near the historic low, hiring is on the upswing with 200,000 new jobs added in January, labour force participation rates are creeping up, and wages are finally edging higher after a long period of relative stability. While all of this is good news, it does raise issues for printers who are looking for workers. The survey and subsequent Management Study will give printers insights into the best recruiting, hiring and human resources practices,” he added. The project explores the relationship between human resources practices, profitability and other key performance metrics. Survey participants will receive a comprehensive report of the findings. The survey is now open and can be accessed at this link. For more information about the Center for Print Economics and Management or the survey, please contact Dr. Ron Davis at rdavis@printing.org.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.