Scot Scobee considers his human resources director role to be especially important, given that Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. is 100% employee-owned. That goes doubly true for a company that plays The Great Game of Business, an open-books management system created by SRC CEO Jack Stack.
“The GGOB system teaches all associates how to think, act and feel like owners. As a 100% employee-owned company, the long-term business success of the organization relies on the long-term success of the players, as we call them,” Scobee says. “This model establishes HR at the center of all that we do to be successful. It is a great opportunity and a serious challenge.”
Scobee is tasked with bringing the next generation of workers into the company. Among the challenges in staffing is perception, he says, with some people entering the workforce envisioning what manufacturing might have looked like years or decades ago.
“Manufacturing has gone through a bit of a renaissance of late,” Scobee says. “We have found it takes intentional effort to help educate the newest generations of what modern manufacturing is and what it is not.”
Education on remanufacturing is a tool in the toolbox for Scobee, who says the industry term resonates with students.
“One area that helps us is that remanufacturing saves 85% of the natural resources compared to making something out of raw materials,” he says.
With Scobee at the HR helm, SRC also partners with schools from elementary through higher education, public agencies such as the Missouri Department of Economic Development and industry associations in an effort to conquer what he calls “the war for talent.”
It’s been key to that education piece, not just for students but also parents and teachers. Apprenticeships also are utilized, he adds.
Outside of the office, Scobee plays to his strengths when working in the community.
He’s a member of the Springfield Area Human Resource Association, having served on its board and as chair of its governmental affairs committee.
For SAHRA, Scobee helped to form its annual Southwest Missouri Human Resource Conference and Exposition, which promotes the HR profession and provides professional development for members.
Scobee also sits on the diesel repair advisory board for Ozarks Technical Community College. At OTC, he worked with staff members to create the SRC Remanufacturing Lab and remanufacturing curriculum.
“Now, OTC can offer a remanufacturing degree through their technical programs in automotive and diesel repair,” Scobee says. “Springfield has eight remanufacturers representing several thousand jobs. The new lab and remanufacturing degree provide an excellent career path.”
Scobee also worked on the initial focus group that helped launch the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies. He serves as a guest speaker for GO CAPS and provides tours of SRC facilities.
“Test driving their career is the idea,” he says. “Students quickly realize they are aligned with a chosen career or they realize it’s not what they thought it was and move onto another career. Both are valuable experiences.”
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