When relocating to a new country and starting up operations, a key factor in ensuring success is recruiting and maintaining personnel that is productive, stable and has the proper skills and training. Companies can face challenges caused by knowledge and education gaps in operational employees resulting from a lack of coordination between industry and universities. High turnover rates and poor union relations that can lead to strikes can also cause big problems when it comes to running a profitable business.
For companies looking to start up business in Mexico, it is a good idea to ask a provider of shelter services in Mexico about the state of Nuevo Leon. Over the last half decade the state has developed one of the friendliest business cultures and most productive, skilled and stable labor in the country.
The state’s capital of Monterrey is home to some of the country’s most educated and bilingual population, with the majority of managers at national and international companies in Mexico speaking fluent English. This is due in part to the long-standing business culture and proximity to the United States, as well as the population’s access to some of the most competitive and high-quality universities in the country, including the Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of Monterrey and the Universidad Autónoma de Monterrey.
At these and the state’s other 149 higher education institutions, 52,600 students are enrolled, and more than 5,800 engineers and 11,000 technicians graduate each year. This access to world-class education has made Nuevo Leon one of the most productive states for manufacturing in Mexico. In addition, the state has implemented the triple helix model for development, facilitating communication between industry, government, and academia and allowing students to be well prepared to join the workforce upon graduation.
The triple helix model has also helped foster the state’s stable labor and union relations, with no strikes in the state for more than 20 years. It has also helped promote innovation with the development and adoption of manufacturing 4.0 technologies, and in general, helped create the conditions of industrial dynamism in a variety of industries.
Some of the state’s leading industries include the automotive manufacturing industry in Mexico, home appliances, metal mechanic industry, machinery, equipment manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing Mexico, biotech, and software development. It is home to some of the world’s largest international companies, including KIA, Caterpillar, Polaris, John Deere, Hyundai, Whirlpool, Honeywell, Heineken, and Siemens, to name a few.
Companies have also contributed to the state’s stable labor environment by offering competitive salaries and designing attractive benefits packages in line with best practices in human resources. Some benefits include allowing flexible schedules, promoting ongoing professional development, extra days off, and team-building events. These improved working conditions ensure employees are more committed to their job and have greater job satisfaction, thereby increasing productivity.
This exceptional labor environment, combined with the state’s connectivity, mature business environment, and well-developed supply chains, are some of the many reasons to consider Nuevo Leon when looking to start up operations in Mexico.
By Zaira Saenz Mansur | Monterrey Business Development | American Industries Group®
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