The COVID-19 outbreak has led to sudden and drastic changes in the manufacturing industry.

Facing dwindling demand for certain products and an unprecedented spike in demand for personal protective equipment, respirators and hand sanitisers, manufacturers have had to adapt quickly with huge and immediate shifts in the workplace.

StaffConnect is aware of the impact this is having on manufacturing companies and their staff, and wants to support our customers in the manufacturing sector in any way we can. We’d like to provide you with some practical advice on how to support your workforce while you negotiate your way through this turbulent time.

Coping with increased demand

Many areas of manufacturing, such as food, hygiene and healthcare products, are facing staggering demand at a time where they may also be confronting supply chain disruption. Customers have latterly been stockpiling and panic buying goods to prepare for a lockdown scenario, forcing stores to introduce purchase limits. Nevertheless, demand remains sky-high.

Your manufacturing teams are likely working at maximum capacity to fulfil orders and produce as much output as possible. At such a complicated time, airtight communication is vital.

StaffConnect is designed to unify your frontline and in-office workers so everyone is kept in the loop. By keeping your teams in constant communication via our channels feature, everyone will be aware of targets, progress and any shortages they should bear in mind.

Shifting to new products

Many manufacturers are switching their focus to new products to help people and organisations cope during the crisis and to o This includes personal protective equipment, hand sanitiser and more.

This can mean an entirely new process for staff. To keep them engaged and ensure productivity is at its peak, it’s important that employees are on board with changes and are effectively immersed into the new way of working.

Leverage video-based eLearning to quickly educate your manufacturing workforce about new procedures, give them access to manuals and documents through the mobile intranet and provide them with quizzes to reinforce their confidence in the new processes.

Coping with less manpower

Alongside all of this, the manufacturing sector is facing the same struggles as every other essential industry working on the frontline to keep the country running—an increase in staff absence.

With official government advice instructing anyong with coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days, manufacturing businesses may be operating at maximum capacity with fewer resources.

Encourage the use of social channels so workers can support each other and demonstrate leadership by being present on channels to keep morale, motivation and productivity high.

StaffConnect is here to help

While it appears that the COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect the manufacturing sector for the foreseeable future, the eventual outcome and impact of this pandemic is impossible to predict at this stage.

StaffConnect will continue to support our existing customers in the manufacturing sector during this difficult time in any way possible.

If there are any organisations facing fresh challenges in managing a dispersed workforce who are interested in operationalising our platform to communicate with your workforce during the pandemic, you can request a product demonstration of StaffConnect with a member of our team to get started.

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