Why Automation Can Help in the Worker Shortage

In today’s world, finding the right workers is a common challenge for almost every industry.

Many companies are trying various approaches to boost their workforce, from new hiring methods to finding ways to retain current employees.

Fortunately for the manufacturing sector, there’s a solution that doesn’t involve the complexities and high costs of hiring campaigns: Automation.

Facts About the Worker Shortage

Lets start off with a few facts we know about the worker shortage.

Baby Boomers are coming to Retirement Age

A large percentage of manufacturing industry workers is made up of older Americans who are now reaching the age where they may be considering retirement and the pandemic may have sped that process up for a lot of people.

The average rate of retirement amongst people who are 55 and older before the pandemic was around 2.6%. Since the pandemic, this rate has increased to 3.3%.

In these past few years there were at least 500,000 more retirements than expected based on pre-pandemic trends.

The Worker Pool is Shrinking

A portion of the shrinking worker pool is because of the baby boomer retirements, but the larger part of the problem is that there aren’t enough people to fill those spaces that are leftover.

The generation that is retiring is much larger than those that are following it. This difference in generational volume is adding to many of the gaps that we are seeing.

Dangerous and labor-intensive jobs can be given to robots. This not only reduces the risk of workplace injuries but also enhances overall productivity.

How Automation Can Help

Automation provides a lifeline to industries struggling with the labor shortage. Here’s how: 

Filling in the Gaps

Automation can step in to fill job vacancies that are difficult to find human workers for, ensuring production can continue even as the workforce declines.

Safety and Efficiency

Skill Enhancement

Workers can be upskilled to operate and maintain the new automation, ensuring they remain a valuable asset to the company.

Increased Competativeness

Companies that embrace automation can maintain a competitive edge by boosting their efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting customer demands with agility.

In essence, automation can bridge the labor gap, safeguard the future of manufacturing, and create a more balanced and productive workforce.

Embracing automation is not a choice but a necessity for manufacturers looking to ensure the sustainability and growth of their industry in the face of evolving workforce dynamics.

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Zeta Group Engineering is a robotic integrator and conveyor manufacturer based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin.

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