Manufacturers: 8 Strategies for Managing Your Workforce Amid a Persistent Labor Shortage
About This Resource
The manufacturing labor shortage continues to present numerous challenges to employers trying to increase production with fewer workers. Though new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D printing have helped fill part of the gap, many manufacturers struggle to attract and retain the workers they need. And without enough skilled workers, it’s harder to maintain productivity and manage labor costs. Several factors have contributed to the manufacturing labor shortage, but in recent years, the main issue is that more people are leaving than joining. As a result, manufacturers will likely face a shortfall of 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030.
When it comes to addressing worker shortages, so many factors are out of your control, therefore, it’s essential to focus on strategies that are within your control—the day-to-day management of your workforce. Workforce time tracking and scheduling are vital pieces of the solution because they allow you to use worker time more efficiently while still keeping an eye on worker fatigue and safety. When you have tools for scheduling, time, and attendance, you not only improve worker productivity during every shift; you can also empower workers with tools that keep them engaged and improve retention.
Download this guide for strategies to help navigate labor shortages in the manufacturing industry.
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