It is true that chemical companies face a major challenge when it comes to finding the right skills to sustain growth. But, it is equally true that there are many ways chemical companies can address that challenge. For most chemical companies, it comes down to a few simple points: Invest in the front end of the talent pipeline—help schools improve their STEM programs and hire the graduates of those programs. Challenge new hires— give them a lot of opportunity to excel or fail, and support them with the right training and tools to enhance the chance of the former and reduce the chance of the latter. And pay more for fewer, but highly talented, people— and give them the tools to be productive and remove the administrative and clerical work that distracts them from their “real” job. Doing so will help chemical companies be more successful in attracting younger hires, getting more out of them and other highly skilled employees, and securing the commitment and loyalty of key people to help drive the business over the long term.