Many people across the country are experiencing a labor shortage. Unemployment in many cities is at an all-time low. There is pressure in new competition as more and more facilities are constructed, and rising wage pressures. When it comes to positions in warehouses and distribution centers, there are some additional challenges that we all face in getting employees for both hours and management positions. However, one thing to consider is that many companies have policies that may be contributing to their shortages of employees.
U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses face an almost 12 percent chance that they will be hit with an employment claim, with their chances much higher in certain states.
A new study of employee charge trends by specialty insurer Hiscox found New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Nevada, Alabama and California as the top states for employee lawsuit risk in the U.S. Employers in these markets with at least 10 employees face a substantially higher risk of being sued by their employees when compared to the national average.
Good labor-management involves striking the right balance between labor costs, worker health and safety, required output, and product quality. Achieving this balance is a continuous endeavor that’s complicated by the fact that, especially in this tight labor market, employers have to ensure high standards while still attracting and retaining talent.
Topics: warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Labor Management, employee retention, Improving Production Yields, Improve Efficiency, Workforce Management, Workforce Management Tools, Improve Labor Management
Last week we reviewed evidence that when companies invest in practices that increase employee engagement, they conversely produce higher levels of customer satisfaction and realize a significant increase in revenue growth. This is the reward of increasing employee engagement. Which leads us to a bigger question. What is the consequence if you do not address employee engagement?
We’ve all heard the saying, “attitude is everything.”
“There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” - Jack Welch
Like most operational executives, Bob Duron has faced THE CHALLENGE – How do you address worker retention, find enough good people, manage rising labor costs, implement productivity improvements AND reduce costs?
Topics: labor shortage, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, Labor Management, Lean Manufacturing, Business, reduce labor costs, labor costs, employee retention, Energize Employees, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions
We are all feeling the labor crunch. It’s hard to recruit, train, retain and make progress all at the same time. All of these labor challenges boil down to the fact that we are tasked with developing a rapport AND a system of accountability with the workers that ultimately determine our success. At nGROUP, we have taken on such challenges and created a labor model with specific tools and competencies that maintains flexible staffing while delivering the performance and quality that companies seek – with less sweat.
By David Cook
If temporary labor is a key component of your operational strategy, it may be time to reexamine your objectives AND understand how temporary labor has evolved from being a convenient, simple solution to a regulatory driven problem.
My first exposure to temporary labor was 1974. Three buddies and I headed to Florida for Spring Break and we ran out of cash on the return trip somewhere near Jacksonville. There were no cell phones to call home to have money electronically transferred to your debit card back then so we did the next best thing; We found work.
We've been thought that workers will be more motivated if a financial carrot is dangled. The increase in productivity will fund the incentives and boost morale. But most of the time, this doesn’t work. The individual and corporate goals don't match up and companies cannot measure true individual performance.
Topics: performance partners, Human Logistics, Labor Management, training, Business, Cost, reduce labor costs, labor costs, employee retention, Energize Employees, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, Management Mistakes