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Unite the manufacturing skills gap with ERP Software

Predicted shortage coming for qualified manufacturing workers

Everyone's thinking it, but not everybody's talking about it much these days: the widening skills gap in U.S. manufacturing.

That is, except Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, which together predict more than half of all manufacturing jobs created in the next decade to keep up with increasing consumer demand will go unfilled. Just how many is that? Around 3.5 million new jobs and 2 million vacancies by 2025.

By 2025, there will be 3.5 million new jobs and 2 million vacancies.


As the need for smarter and younger manufacturing talent intensifies, businesses will expend more capital on whatever it takes to compete and win over job candidates. Many will offer salaries and benefits far above market rates and hope that will draw people to their doorsteps. Others will lengthen their hiring processes to hedge their bets, vet harshly and only onboard those applicants who fit a narrow set of qualifications. Both will waste a great deal of money in the process and ultimately do nothing to sustain their operations long-term.

Manufacturing is now hiring

Instead, let ERP software be what brings fresh faces to your manufacturing facility and keeps them there. Is ERP the ultimate hiring perk you've been leaving out of your job interviews?

Set the standard from day one

Nobody likes a learning curve, especially new employees. But standard operating procedures - like those you would find in a custom ERP system - are far more than merely step-by-step guides. By offering clearly defined workflows, SOPs prevent new hires, as well as longtime workers, from deviating from the high bars of efficiency and compliance set forth by your organization.

Workers can get their bearings immediately with support from ERP, and manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that when their recent pool of hires make its first round of mistakes - hey, that's how you learn! - the errors will be small, transparent and easily fixable. Best of all, tools such as abas Workflow Editor allow managers to take a closer look at the processes staff carry out and optimize tasks in ways that reduce risk as well as busy work.

A surefire way to lose valuable workers is to bog them down with manual operations.


Don't let redundancy ruin the fun

Increasingly, manufacturing companies across all industries want technically adept individuals with engineering experience to operate machinery, calibrate equipment and oversee predictive maintenance programs. However, a surefire way to lose these valuable workers is to bog them down with manual operations and reporting processes that gum up the works.

Automation and seamless integration with third-party programs will do much to assuage these concerns. Consider, for example, how abas ERP integrates with ProNest for custom manufacturers. abas identifies when a project requires cutting, then communicates with materials modules and ProNest to optimize parts nesting requirements or initiate an immediate supply refill. In that time, high-level staff can focus on more important matters worthy of their time.

With smarter ERP, their data works for them instead of the other way around. That attribute carries over to every application integrated with an ERP system.

Mobile cloud ERP for the win

The freedom to work wherever cannot be understated. Millennials know this better than anybody. If companies want to smash misconceptions about manufacturing and convince bright, young workers that the industry is forward thinking, seal the deal with cloud-based mobile-optimized ERP technology employees can depend on every day.

Inquisitive minds will love the access to real-time operational data through web portals because it resembles other SaaS platforms they use in their personal lives. Mobile deployment takes utilization up a notch by delivering full ERP functionality via smartphones, tablets or industrial handheld devices. Users step onto the shop floor with everything they need to succeed, as well as gain 21st-century industrial data management skills that will keep them around and productive for years to come.

Hungry for more mobile cloud ERP knowledge? Contact an abas representative today or scope out our blog. How about this article on 3 fears manufacturers conquer with cloud-based ERP?

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