The workforce has changed and will continue to evolve.

Repetitive task work is out. Technical skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills are in.

In the past, the average manufacture worker focused on simply “doing” (and not thinking about) a specific task. It was fairly easy to find and replace workers. Managers could increase or reduce the labor force as needed.

Today’s modern environment has created new knowledge and skill requirements within the workplace. The workforce optimization process is an integral part of the supply chain that drives a manufacturing company’s business strategies, defines their culture and improves their bottom line. Advances in computers and robotics have decreased the need for human labor, while the need for employees with high technical skills, communication skills and problem solving skills has increased.

Companies are under pressure for more rapid product introductions, adaptation to changing market conditions and continuous improvement to optimize costs, quality and efficiency.

Here’s what InSource can do:

  • Determine where you are in your Workforce Optimization journey
  • Establish the required foundational elements that support success
  • Provide Workforce Optimization solutions
  • Quickly gain information, which can be converted to actionable data for better decision support

Benefits possible with a Workforce Optimization System:

Greater Productivity: Better aligning employees’ skills will result in greater effectiveness and efficiency in their operations

Efficient and Operation Driven Labor Resource Load Scheduling: Taking into account historical data inputs and business factors such as equipment maintenance or changeovers, training hours, etc, to develop applications that forecast down to very granular intervals what is required for optimal coverage.

Better Trained Employees: Standardize employee skills and requirements so employers have better access to trained individuals and employees will be more successful.

Reduced Turnover: A focus on workforce development as a system helps better match employees with their job descriptions, provides access to training and highlights opportunities for advancement – all things that aid in employee retention.

Better Pool of Job Applicants: By devoting more community or regional resources to adequately training people, the pipeline of qualified applicants will expand to support business growth.

Cost Offsets: As productivity increases, turnover goes down, processes become more efficient and barriers to productivity are reduced. With a workforce systems in place, workforce investments are optimized and risks minimized.

Review Internal Processes for H.R. and Training: Equip HR with the right tools and create a company culture that reinforces workplace development, continuous learning, annual employee satisfaction surveys, etc.

Communicate Expectations and Provide Honest Feedback: Ensure employees are aware of how job performance impacts business goals. Provide the feedback that will put employees on the path to success.

Gather Data to Evaluate Efforts and Quantify Successes: Ensure that you’re measuring what matters. Determine effective KPIs.

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