When people think of automation in manufacturing, minds often jump right to robotics, production equipment and job security. Thankfully, these sources have helped advance many areas of the manufacturing workforce, creating opportunities for higher paid, skilled roles—what's being referred to as "New Collar jobs." The National Association of Manufacturers 2018 State of Manufacturing address highlights this growth and how the workforce has benefited, but employers face another important opportunity to maximize productivity and organizational efficiency.
Just as technology has helped tackle menial tasks and advanced workforce roles, technologies that help manage the workforce can be optimized for greater cost-savings and productivity. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has helped workforce management systems like Kronos Workforce Dimensions eliminate the burdens of many standard administrative tasks for employees and managers alike. A proper configuration can put the tools in place for stronger manager-employee relations that enable much needed employee development to meet the shifting skills sought by the evolving industry.
If workforce solutions can help handle the administrative hussle, looping in managers only when necessary, then managers can focus on more meaningful interactions with employees. For example, Kronos Workforce solutions can be set up to process time-off requests and schedule changes, streamlining approvals for all requests that meet a businesses standard rules—priming managers with simpler oversight and only tasking them with requests that may need a more nuanced decision. What's not to love?
The WFC Group is much more than a consultancy. Our team is comprised of implementation specialists who understand manufacturers' goals and can configure workforce management solutions for efficiency and productivity. From upgrades to integrations to training, we're here to help. If you'd like to learn more about how automation in workforce management behind the scenes can help, we want to hear from you.