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Saturday 18th September 2021 07:21 AM
How to Optimize Your Manufacturing Workforce
It’s difficult to believe that the phrase “war for talent” was coined at least 20 years ago. Today, the fight to attract and retain talented employees rages on in virtually every industry - and manufacturing is no exception.
Throughout the production sector, there are a lot of jobs open, but not enough qualified people to fill them. If you suspect things are rugged now, just wait until 2028. By then, there will be 4.6 million open manufacturing jobs in the U.S., but more than half of them (2.4 million) will go empty, according to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute.
Is Better Recruitment Enough?
One potential option to this challenge is for manufacturers to enhance their recruiting programs and spread the word about career options in the sector. For example, thousands across the U.S. just recently took part in the latest MFG Day events. Many manufacturers are also discovering formerly untapped sources of talent. In particular, post-service military veterans possess many of the skills needed to succeed in manufacturing.
However it is not important how effective they are at attracting the available talent, it is unlikely manufacturing firms will make a vital dent in their unfilled vacancies. The demographics just don’t add up. Effective recruitment will always be important - but over the long haul, manufacturers need to focus on getting greater output from smaller headcounts.
Doing More Without Doing More Hiring
How can manufacturers obtain the most out of their shrinking workforces? By automating the most error-prone tasks and by standardizing processes. These common-sense steps can significantly minimize your business risk. And when you implement the right manufacturing platform in support of this approach, you can basically make it easier for your staff to do the right thing. Here's how technology such as a cloud manufacturing execution system (MES) or cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help benefit your workforce:
- Increase productivity and eliminate manual process errors by digitizing paper-based operations.
- Control cycle times and improve efficiency by orchestrating production processes that are driven directly from your control plan.
- Perform quality control as workers go to ensure compliance with check sheets.
- Help operators and leaders make real-time control decisions based on real-time production reporting.
A Real-Life Example in the Manufacturing Sector
EG Industries is one company that is aligning on using technology to get more out of its workforce. Since implementing a cloud ERP solution, this global plastic injection molding company has been able to reassign most of its workers to higher-value activities.
“We can focus more on our division’s mission, which is to provide our internal and external customers with real-time actionable data for them to make timely and informed decisions,” says Tony Brown, the company’s director of business systems. “That’s really what this division does and what the cloud has done for us.”
Brown reports that EG Industries’ IT organization helps connect systems to departments in ways that raise visibility. They also develop tools for gathering and using data more effectively throughout the enterprise. Some team members have even been able to move into wider operations and plant management roles.