Most candidates want the ability to work remotely – yet for many manufacturing employers, this option is off the table. Finding routes to adapt jobs for home working while also bringing more flexibility to in-person roles is vital for retaining top talent and skills – and for attracting new talent in a scarce hiring pool.

Sally Hunter, Managing Director – Advanced Manufacturing, shares her expert advice on how to navigate the challenges and gain competitive advantage in an article for Industry Today.

From the article:

Manufacturing companies’ staff retention rates are closely linked to remote working. Those that offer more fully remote roles, as well as bringing home working aspects to non-remote roles, are benefitting from a larger talent and skills pool.

The research shows that many of the countries offering fewer remote working jobs also have higher levels of employees switching roles. This includes the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Australia, which all have an annualized job change run-rate of around 20%. Put simply, employees are seeking roles that offer remote work and many are happy to leave the sector altogether for those that best fit their work-life balance needs.

Lack of remote work options is likely to harm retention across the entire sector. There is an industry-wide benefit of accelerating digitalization and automation while minimizing disruption and shutdown, making it possible for more remote working across the board.

Read the full article, “Manufacturing’s Brave New World is Remote Working,” on Industry Today.