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Software Solutions to Boost the Retention of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing

by | Jun 29, 2022 | All Posts

In post-pandemic life, the manufacturing industry is struggling with its retention of skilled workers. As older workers retire from the industry, the new hires brought in to replace them are actually being paid less than their senior counterparts. This, among other things, makes hiring and retention even harder for manufacturing companies. For example, higher turnover leads to a company incurring hiring costs. Managers have to spend more time interviewing potential hires as well as revamping the current hiring process. A majority of the stress from a lack of employees is placed on the company’s current skilled workers. Fortunately, there are multiple solutions to alleviate this pressure on manufacturing companies. Let’s look at the example of a solar cell manufacturing company.

One solution for this company is to improve the employee experience (EX). When companies listen to their workers, their business’s innovation will increase by 50%. Workers at the solar cell factory have come forward with some ideas to streamline the business from their perspective. Building an app that enhances a common task, like showing the location of various raw materials around the facility, saves the workers time. By cutting the time materials wait to be manufactured, productivity at the plant increases. Employees will have a better experience if the digital tools they are using are in one place. Similarly, the solar cell company can prepare any data they have for future use. When employees need this data during the manufacturing process, they can easily access these resources through data readiness. 

Disintermediary tech can help the plant as well. Instead of sending their cells to a distributor, wholesaler, and then a retailer, the manufacturing plant can build an online marketplace to sell directly to the consumers. Not only does the plant make more money, but customers don’t have to pay as much as they did in the previous supply chain. Automating certain roles and tasks makes positions in manufacturing more flexible and offers the ability to work remotely. One example is building a software app that allows a skilled worker to access the plant’s computers and machinery from home.

Making these changes to the manufacturing industry will not only help attract new hires, but retain current employees. Giving employees the option to suggest changes to the systems is a great start. Further implementing changes makes employees feel heard and will make their daily tasks easier and more productive. Adding optimized training for the new technology will prevent burnout amongst employees and alleviate frustration. Keeping your workers saves you from continuously investing in the hiring process to replace employees who leave.

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