Materials Performance

OCT 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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OCTOBER 2018 MATERIALSPERFORMANCE: VOL. 57, NO. 10 23 from the level above. "With this, we formalized the process of developing leadership skills within our staff," Adley says. "We recognize within every position, there's the opportunity to be a leader—and in many, there's a need. We're institutionalizing a process that gets as many people engaged in that type of development alongside their organizational skills or technical skills." The company also invests in strategic planning models and meetings to help keep workers focused on the bigger picture. This emphasis is particu- larly important to attract and retain younger workers. "I think it's reasonably easy to get the younger generation engaged if they understand the process, and if they're trying to envision the future that they're going to help propel us to," Adley says. "I haven't seen any challenges in work- ing with the millennials and the younger generations and engaging them in that conversation. If there's a sense of purpose about it and it's exciting to them and gives them a greater sense of purpose for why they're involved in the association or the business enterprise, I'd argue it's even easier." Bernardo Duran, a 38-year-old coating performance engineer with AZZ Metal Coatings (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) and another member of the NACE Board of Directors, concurs with Adley's assessment. "Companies that adapt and evolve with newer generations will benefit from employees who are more engaged and stick around longer," Duran says. "Employees will look for their work to supply more meaning than just a pay- check. They will look to their careers as places of fulfillment, not only to themselves, but also to their families and friends. They will continue to share their accomplishments with others to show them how they are helping change the world around them." "It will be important for employers to encourage that fulfillment in differ- ent ways for different employees," he adds. "That could include giving back to the local community, using safer materials, fostering fun work cultures, spon- soring advanced education, and allowing flexible work schedules or remote opportunities. It will be important for employees to feel they are making a dif- ference and that they have meaning to not only their boss, but to the overall company as well. It's important for younger leaders to feel they have a voice in helping shape the direction of their company, and they will look for compa- nies that foster a feeling of inclusion in those higher-level decisions." NE W DE M A NDS, SEC T OR S Developing the workforce and its leaders, however, is only a part of the industry's future. The other part of the equation is how those leaders will then steer the industry to address evolving demands and perspectives from Bernardo Duran, coating performance engineer at AZZ Metal Coatings and a NACE Board of Directors member, speaks at the 2016 NACE Leadership Program. Photo courtesy of NACE International.

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