The speed of technology and the move to smart manufacturing assets on the food plant floors are tremendous, but companies are struggling as operator roles evolve. So, what are companies doing? Turning to more technology.
Gaining a better understanding of the non-desk workforce drives engagement, reduces turnover and increases productivity. Despite being 80% of the world’s employees—with food manufacturing workers accounting for nearly 11% of that—the non-desk workforce has largely gone overlooked and ignored.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has processors scrambling to ensure they can meet a sustained surge in demand while keeping their employees safe, crisis communication plans are a critical component of an effective response strategy.
Employee training is a cornerstone of an effective processing operation. But as processors struggle to find and keep qualified employees, it is also a benefit that can help keep employees happy and more willing to stay.
Fonterra, a New Zealand-based dairy co-op, has instituted a new way for employees to spend time outside their day jobs on internal company projects which would normally be outside their scope of work as defined by their job description. This match-making system is designed to enable employees with talent and skills they don’t normally use to get involved in projects that are exciting, but normally not open to them.