If you’ve ever been to a distribution center where hundreds and sometimes thousands of employees converge at once, you know the hustle and complexity can feel like a small city. Daily challenges are ever present to the workforce and management.
Add to the fact that every few months a high percentage of that workforce will be brand new and require onboarding and training, businesses find themselves in an endless cycle and reality of a transient supply chain workforce.
Ultimately, this type of environment, coupled with the complexity of today’s distribution center, begins to take a toll on the culture and overall productivity of the operation.
But what if there was a better way to engage the workforce and retain top talent?
Reducing turnover while improving the learning curve can create synergies that begin to unlock the potential of the operation. Creating a digital workplace to further employee engagement:
- Creates communities for the hourly associates
- Provides a communication platform where language barriers are broken down
- Share SOPs and best practices among the workforce
- Gamification can be used to motivate and recognize individuals
Additionally, the current state of Covid-19 has created the need to expediate a digital workplace by creating a direct line of communication to the frontline work force. This is what we are currently seeing amid the pandemic crisis within the supply chain:
- New workplace safety policies and operational procedures and protocols are being released sometimes daily and can be pushed across the network of distribution centers and warehouses delivering consistent messaging
- Amazing stories and examples of executives and leaders sending motivational messages and information on health, safety and overall wellness, as well as a general gratitude for the sacrifices of the frontline workforce
- The Open Shift Marketplace allowing flexibility in scheduling and shifts as well as availability for open shifts to meet demand.
Let us know what you think!