Clearly defined expectations are essential to your workforce’s success. Multi-determinant labor standards are the cornerstone of having fair and accurate performance expectations for your team and, when used correctly, help your organization build a culture of high performance and positive employee morale. ENGINEERED LABOR STANDARDS DEFINED An engineered labor standard is a form of […]
Logistics Management editor Bridget McCrea says, “as the highest expense for any warehouse or distribution center (DC) operation, labor management is essential”. But in today’s fast-paced distribution environment, everything from the shortage of labor resources, evolving e-commerce demands, and seasonal sales fluctuations can make labor management particularly challenging. Today’s Labor Management Systems solve three basic […]
WANT THE SECRET FOR REDUCING YOUR DISTRIBUTION CENTER’S OVERTIME COSTS? CHECK OUT THESE KEY STRATEGIES.
Utilizing overtime hours can be a cost-effective way to increase your distribution center’s capacity to meet unexpected surges in business or just to offset soaring turnover. However, if overused, overtime can increase your turnover, even more, decrease your productivity, and ultimately damage your bottom line. Typically, some portion of overtime hours is unnecessary. Unnecessary overtime […]
Managing Change: Best Practices from TZA Particularly in an era of global uncertainty and volatility, change of any kind is difficult for most people to navigate. That includes the organizational changes needed to adapt to varying market conditions, enact process improvements, and implement labor management programs that can boost the bottom line. That’s why […]
Is Poor Performance Acceptable in a Tight Labor Market? It’s not your imagination. Employees have more leverage in the job market than ever before, according to workplace experts. As University of Minnesota workplace researcher *Phyllis Moen notes, “This is the first time I’ve really seen the power shift to the employee.” A recent “Talent […]
Effective workforce staffing practices can have a long-term impact on a company’s competitiveness and sustainability, especially in today’s market where labor shortage is more the norm than the exception. The issue is that planning usually is done by intra-day or weekly planning models. While very important to execution, to manage to staff optimally, you need […]
Three causes for the current labor shortages and how to navigate them with a Labor Management System.
Labor shortages are the top threat to warehouse operations in 2022. Read on to see how you can combat them. A recent headline grabbed my attention, “America’s labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic”. For those of us working in warehousing, it certainly feels that way. Employers are raising standard pay, offering more flexible schedules and other […]
COVID-19 has drastically reduced the workforce by 4.5 million in November alone quitting their job. See the Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. E-commerce demand has significantly increased, resulting in a wider variety of SKUs combined with smaller order sizes that require more people to support logistics than ever before. Order-picking has […]
Labor and performance issues can occur at any warehouse or distribution center in the world. To help workers and managers address these issues in a meaningful way, a data driven approach is needed. More than that, the approach needs to focus on relevant metrics and markers. Finally, those metrics need to be utilized by a […]