Key issues such as Brexit, skills shortages and consistently sluggish productivity are squeezing profitability and contributing towards an atmosphere of uncertainty. The deployment of AI in manufacturing however, will offer organisations the opportunity to completely reshape their working practices and revolutionise key operations.
New technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence may be coming to the fore, but manufacturers also need to do more to acknowledge the availability of other solutions that are designed to help maximise the output of human workers, such as workforce management tools.
Globalisation has been a key consideration of leaders at manufacturing organisations for decades. This greater focus on global interaction has had wide-ranging benefits, including access to larger markets, free movement of labour and a wider choice of goods for consumers. On the other side of the coin, however, there are a number of potential issues that globalisation poses, which need to be considered by businesses if they are to effectively manage their workforces, maintain employee morale and avoid high staff turnover.
Skills shortages mean that manufacturers are struggling to fulfil demand, and the potential impact of Brexit means that there needs to be a major focus on improving operational efficiencies and streamlining core processes, while keeping staff morale high. The pressure to increase bottom-line profitability in the face of such challenges is very real. AI in manufacturing and its workplace technology is offering one of the most effective ways to empower managers and employees to do their jobs more effectively with the resources they currently have.
By placing greater emphasis on the adoption of the most innovative workforce management technologies, Kronos believes that productivity woes can be tackled, and manufacturers can offset the impact of factors that are beyond their control.
In order to not only survive in this challenging landscape, but thrive. Through workforce management which is being supported by AI, manufacturers are able to strip out inefficiencies, automate cumbersome processes, and generally make life easier for managers and other employees.
People are the most important ingredients in creating a successful business, regardless of the increasing sophistication of resources such as automated machinery and computer software and empowering these employees through appropriate technologies is key.
To discover more about the key issues impacting the manufacturing sector workforce and how technology is alleviating these issues, download Kronos’ latest white paper, Empowering the Employee: How technology will play its part in creating a more efficient workforce in manufacturing.