Women InMotion

MANUFACTURING has long been considered a ‘man’s world’ with recent reports confirming employment of women in manufacturing has dropped by a third in the past 10 years to only 63,000, or 10 per cent of the overall manufacturing workforce .

While most manufacturers find it increasingly difficult to attract and retain female employees, Brisbane’s InMotion Engineering says its one of few manufacturing companies that has recruited women to fill key roles within the business.

“I’m proud our business is a forerunner for equal opportunity employment in the manufacturing sector. says InMotion Engineering’s Managing Director Neil O’Hare.

“At InMotion, we strive to have an inclusive workplace in which our female and male employees feel comfortable.”

“We provide flexible working arrangements and promote a rewards-based culture where employees are recognised individually for their hard work. We’ve found this is a great strategy for attracting and retaining our female employees.”

“They’re also encouraged to learn first hand from the men on the factory floor and, in turn, teach their male counterparts efficient and productive business practices making for satisfied and well-rounded employees that can handle almost any situation,” he says.

“We’re lucky enough to have women on our team who enjoy the challenges of the manufacturing industry and who aren’t afraid to get out there and get their hands dirty.”

One such woman is InMotion Engineering’s Business Services Officer Angela Manderson who says she

thoroughly enjoys working in the manufacturing industry.

“While manufacturing may not be the most glamorous career path, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather work,” she says.

“This is a hands-on, practical industry with some exciting career opportunities for women who, like me, revel in the opportunity to see the work they do make a real difference to business productivity.”

Neil O’Hare says Angela was indicative of the type of women working at InMotion.

“Angela’s switched on, hard-working, enthusiastic and reliable; all the traits required for success in the manufacturing industry,” he says.

In her three years at InMotion, Angela Manderson has been promoted from part-time receptionist to full-time Business Services Officer.

Her key responsibilities include payroll, assisting with accounts payable and receivable, HR support, IT, administration, purchasing and sales.

Manderson says the flexible working environment at InMotion had given her the opportunity to head back to university to further her career development.

“Working at InMotion has given me the motivation to finish my degree so I can take on a more challenging role in the manufacturing industry,” she says.

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