Subject: Discovering Human Resources' Biggest Challenges

Dear PIA Member:

I want to thank all of you who have participated in our HR study. We are making progress toward having enough responses for a productive study, one that will provide useful knowledge to PIA members.

Recently, I attended a career fair here at the MTSU/Jones College of Business. About 50 potential employers attended, seeking to attract our graduates. Walking around the room, I heard a common message: "Hiring and developing a great team is our biggest challenge." It appears several industries are experiencing the HR challenges present in our industry, and related to Dr. Ron Davis' recent comments, economic growth will further exasperate hiring problems. Printing company leaders must strategically plan to address these HR challenges, which are more difficult today than during my 25-year career of leading printing companies.

We are working together on this HR study because it is designed to show which HR practices are effective in our industry, considering specific company circumstances. If you have not yet taken the survey, please do so by opening the link below. By participating, you will receive a comprehensive report of the findings containing specific thoughts related to what HR strategies work in printing today.

All the best,


Dr. Ralph Williams Jr.
Assistant Professor of Management
Jones College of Business
Middle Tennessee State University



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