It’s no secret that one of manufacturing’s top issues in the coming years will be a labor shortage. Highly skilled workers are retiring to the tune of 2.7 million vacated jobs by 2025, with an additional 700,000 jobs opening up within the next decade. That means, you guessed it, reaching out to Millennials to fill these critical positions. Here are some interesting conflicts – and possible solutions – to blending the next generation into your workforce.
Millennials love technology. That’s never been a secret. Considering they are digital natives, they are connected to information everywhere – even on the job. The pace of technology, however, doesn’t always filter into the manufacturing world. 77% of Millennials want greater mobile connectivity in the workplace, so it seems like a good time to revisit the fact that 44% of manufacturers support shop floor control via mobile devices rather than paper logs or stationary computers. The good news is that this new set of workers are more likely to jump in headfirst to new technology and may even be able to train your veteran workers on the newest thing.
Better equipment will become key to retaining these workers as well. Inefficient tank heaters with moving mixers that clog easily don’t speak well of a manufacturing plant looking to continue to carve out a piece of the marketplace. Neither does a vibrating noisemaker that engenders questions of safety during a plant tour! Legacy equipment provides its own drawbacks in terms of holding a company back, but it certainly doesn’t spell “success” to a new generation of workers looking for the most innovative designs.
Appealing to a new generation of workers through better equipment is not just a smart move for your workforce. It is a sign of a healthy, progressive organization that understands the cultural forces at work in the manufacturing industry. By going to a more flexible and innovative solution, you will reduce inefficiencies and redundancies while retaining the next generation of manufacturers. Partner with Komax to see where we can help you redesign some of your troubled floor areas and attract and retain the newest – and largest – group of workers.