Over the past few decades, advanced manufacturing has seen digitization greatly evolve the industry at large. Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, virtual reality and autonomous operations have created new capabilities that improve productivity and challenge traditional working models. The COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated these operational changes, proving that the industry can often accommodate flexible work models successfully. As organizations return to standard operations, hybrid work and flexible options in the industry are still achievable. Giving employees greater control over when, where, or how continuously work is done can create better talent acquisition outcomes and drive stronger business results.
Flexible work design is not one-size fits all – manufacturing organizations can span a wide range of geographic locations, departments, project needs and individual preferences. With 59% of executives reporting a cultural resistance to change at their organization, TA leaders need to act strategically to gain business buy-in for workforce adaptability and successfully implement new work models that meet their organization’s unique needs.