Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Manufacturing Workforce
Thursday, March 11, 2021
AD: How has COVID-19 changed the employee experience in manufacturing, and what facets of this should organizations retain going forward?
Zenk: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, employees have been experiencing a drastically different work environment. Thousands of manufacturers across the U.S. and around the world were deemed essential during the pandemic, and their production lines haven’t stopped. They’ve continued to produce essential goods that the global community relies on — from the food we eat to the clothes we wear and cleaning supplies we use in our homes. As some manufacturers increased output and others reconfigured operations to satisfy urgent demands, employees had to adapt.
Their work behind the scenes has helped to ensure that others working on the frontlines — whether in hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, or other essential businesses — have had the goods and supplies they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
For all these reasons, frontline manufacturing workers deserve more than our gratitude — they deserve all the benefits of a great employee experience: work-life balance encouraged through flexible scheduling policies; modern and mobile workplace technology that simplifies daily tasks; financial peace of mind enabled by employer-provided payroll benefits, like earned wage access; career development opportunities; a supportive manager; and so much more.