- Despite increasing awareness of the importance of having an active safety culture in the workplace, some practitioners see safety as interfering with success.
- Employers of chemists are increasingly diverse, smaller, and more service-oriented (for example, contract testing labs or analytical services versus research or innovation-focused companies).
- The wider mix of jobs held by chemistry-related scientists and the growing multidisciplinary nature of science is causing fewer scientists to identify themselves as chemists.
- A mismatch exists between the current training of new graduates and the jobs available.
- Chemistry-related companies increasingly require external R&D partnerships to innovate.
- A general decline in association membership is occurring. Membership decisions are increasingly based more on personal return than support for the profession or greater good.
- Members want more targeted, mobile, and video resources and messages.
- Online technologies are being integrated with onsite meetings and courses.
- Constraints on volunteers (including greater job demands, less time given by employers for volunteer activities, and expectations of 24/7 connectivity) warrant new tools and support to facilitate volunteers’ work and grow their ranks.
- Customers increasingly expect services to be customized to their needs.
- The millennial generation will shape future management styles, culture, and expectations.
- Globalization and the changing demographics and needs of the chemistry enterprise are redefining diversity and offering associations opportunities to assist in that transformation.
- ACS alliances to advance mutual goals -- including with ACS technical divisions, local sections, international chapters, and peer societies -- are increasing in importance.
- The value proposition for membership has been disrupted by social, economic, and technological changes. This demands more targeted services, creative recruitment/retention strategies, and evaluation of alternative membership models.
- Global industrial acquisitions, consolidations, and closures are expected to remain prevalent. Companies are focusing more on developing their core strengths and are looking to acquisitions to deliver growth and greater shareholder value.
Friday, January 27, 2017
ACS' thoughts about employment and how to increase member retention
Via the 2017 ACS Strategic Plan, here is their assessment of the "challenges and opportunities" related to ACS member careers and member retention regarding employment. They are bulleted in the original list, but for discussion purposes, I have decided to number them:
I think a statement about mid-career chemists is missing, although #15 is an oblique reference. #2 sure sounds like a field with growing numbers and growing wages, yeah? Readers, what do you think about this list?