Whether it’s modifying worksites to include additional health precautions, switching to 100% remote work for or adopting a hybrid work model, the reality is that companies must now offer more flexibility in the workplace. 57% of manufacturing employees find flexibility in when they work remotely to be very or extremely important.
While much of manufacturing work takes place on-site, flexibility means more than just working from home. It also involves letting employees have a voice in deciding which type of work they might be able to do at home vs. in the office. Research from the O.C. Tanner Institute’s 2022 Global Culture Report found tasks that require focus or creative thinking are easier to do at home, while tasks requiring collaboration and connection are easier and more productive in the office.
In the manufacturing industry, remote work is more conducive for experts with a specialized focus, such as engineering or quality assurance, to perform their work remotely. Additionally, supervisors might be able to perform administrative duties (e.g., build schedules, review time off requests) from their home rather than on the plant floor.
Moving forward, employees expect increased flexibility in many aspects of their work lives and will change jobs, if necessary, to get it. But when employees have flexibility in how they work, outcomes improve:
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS CAN DO:
To successfully incorporate flexibility, focus on three key areas:
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