Skills Gaps

Solve Manufacturing Labour Crisis with a New Connected Workforce System

Understand the Root causes of Manufacturing’s labour shortage and employ the right technology to combat this issue.

Prior to the Global Pandemic there was a hike in resignations across the Manufacturing Industry. This Industry has been plagued by labour shortages for years. Deloitte estimates that manufacturing could lose 2.1 million jobs by 2030.

A major influencer causing this issue is the misconceptions about the outdatedness of manufacturing as an Industry. Younger generations are deciding to go into higher-tech fields. There is also a perception that automation and machinery are replacing humans at manufacturing jobs which pushes talent further away. In addition to this baby boomers are retiring and the generation replacing them have new views on how they want to feel valued and heard in their roles. Unfortunately the manufacturing industry is coming up short on talent.

So, What Is The Solution?

Fortunately, technology can help. Manufacturing companies around the world are now starting to use employee technology to transform their industry and battle against the labour shortages and gain advantage.

By deploying a Connected Workforce System you will see how workforce technology can help manufacturers in the following areas:

  • Reinvent the employee experience to attract and retain top talent
  • Empower frontline employees to be more productive, engaged and committed to the business
  • Improve transparency and collaboration to drive productivity gains and employee satisfaction

Digital transformation in the manufacturing industry has been happening for a number of years.  Manufacturers have shared common experiences of accelerating digital adoption to help mitigate some of the pandemic-related disruptions in production environments. Many companies have taken the approach of adding more machinery automation which could help maintain production. However, this also puts more pressure on the sites to upskill workers quickly.

Manufacturers need to consider how to manage their workforce through these changes. Having a Connected Workforce system with a training management element with updated, easy to access training plans and records will be a critical aspect for manufacturers in the coming years. A Connected Workforce System will strive holistically for the organisation as it will also have a positive impact on many other areas of the business such as ESG & Sustainability, Quality & Operational Excellence, Health & Safety & Maintenance & Operations.

Investing in your workforce will greatly reduce the issue of labour shortages within the manufacturing industry. There are a number of ways employees will feel valued and safe in their manufacturing jobs by employing a Connected Workforce system. Below are some of the capabilities it will bring to your workforce:

  • Basic digital learning agility
  • Management of resources
  • Decision making/problem solving
  • Ability to handle multiple teams and team members
  • Advanced digital skills