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Changing Workforce Tools: Navigating Your Labor Market in Operations

Grace Flack
  • Oct 07, 2019
  • 2 minute read

Do you remember when you applied for your first job? 

Thinking back, it was likely very different than today – different types of open positions and different requirements for applicants.  

It’s no secret that your workforce has gone through so much change in recent years and continues to adapt to current trends. 

Some of those trends include: 

  • 50% of facilities personnel is expected to retire in the next 10 years 

  • 10 million shortfall of workers in the next six years 

  • It takes 93 days on average to fill a position for a skilled production worker (up from 70 in 2015) 

  • Blue-collar positions are harder to fill than professional positions 


Why is the labor market changing? 

There is a shortage of qualified workers today because of:  

  • A wave of retirees 

  • There are now five generations in the workforce 

  • There is a skills shortage with less emphasis on skills trades 

When it comes to maintenance, facilities and operations fields specifically, the labor shortage issue is magnified. 

You are the professionals that promote our safety and comfort in the facilities and communities we frequent, and that’s why we want to help you feel equipped to deal with these labor changes.  

The statistics above may give you pause, but the good news is they are creating a great opportunity for you to maximize your labor force.

Now is the time to ensure you’re getting the most out of your teams and technology systems to do the work that matters.


How can you equip your labor force? 

Sure, there are many factors in your labor market that you can’t control. But there are a few areas that you can contribute to now to start getting more out of your team. 

  • Training for your current team- Get them comfortable and fluent with new technology and encourage them to explore training opportunities inside and outside of your organization (See page 6 in the guide below for specific training ideas) 

  • Document everything digitally- Documentation is key as you train team members and help them do their daily work more efficiently 

  • Track and analyze your productivity- Better understand how you can maximize your staff by tracking your work and using the data from it to allocate resources.  


Take the first step 

What’s next for your team and department?  

You may not know the answer to that, but you can feel more prepared for the future by using technology to your advantage. 


Check out our guide on this topic to get the tools you need to equip and grow your labor force.

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