Reports predict the manufacturing skills gap could leave 2.4 million skilled positions unfilled in the next decade. But for you, more important than this statistic is how you’re going to solve the problems this crisis creates in your facilities.
Like how to replace that nearly irreplaceable engineer who’s about to retire. Or how to adjust operations as you wait months for an operator position to be filled.
There are several steps you can take to protect your operations from the challenges of a shrinking skilled labor pool – like using training to reskill workers, outsourcing tasks to vendors and recruiting a new generation of workers.
But one of the most immediate steps you can take is using solutions like digital workforce productivity that simplify your workers’ jobs and enhance how they work.
Get More from Workers
It can be inherently difficult to see the right path forward when you’re in the middle of a skills shortage. Even when the right talent is in place, many companies still get stuck on questions like “Where do I start?” and “What technologies do I need?”
That’s where a digital workforce productivity solution comes to play. It leverages your existing infrastructure, so you don’t have to rip out and replace systems. And by bringing siloed systems together, users gain better analytics for their pressing questions, expert guidance and work instructions through augmented reality.
Every sort of opportunity can be created, because the solution combines all the technology for your challenge, saving you the hassle of having to hunt down and evaluate products.
For instance, you can provide contextualized information like role-specific instructions to workers. This can reduce job complexity, especially for new, less experienced workers. You can also record processes to quickly uncover production issues or operator mistakes and optimize them.