Industrial journalist, TR Cutler reports manufacturers are rethinking employee engagement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Cutler, most manufacturing companies are adjusting to unforeseen working conditions during COVID-19, keeping workers, shift managers, operations managers, and QA/QC managers engaged with teams has proven challenging. Read more in this month’s issue of Manufacturing Outlook ezine here.
With fewer workers permitted onsite at any given time, increased stress levels resulting from project delays, product delays, and supplier constraints are impacting all manufacturers. These changing routines and regulations, accompanying the pandemic, are redefining work and employee frustrations. Manufacturers must invest in the appropriate resources and tools to help teams cope, remain engaged, and maintain productivity. With nearly 40 million unemployed, many manufacturers feel workers are fortunate to have a job, yet the stress defies and mitigates that assumption.
Recent COVID-19 plant data revealed that manufacturing employees reporting to a disgruntled manager are four times more likely to be disengaged themselves. When an employee is kept in the dark about a manufacturing organization (current state, future state, and the big picture), they become more isolated, less enthusiastic about work, and the employer. Never has this been more felt than today when all companies are working to manage employee fear, anxiety, and the unknown.
About TR Cutler, Inc.
Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here.
During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond.
Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4400 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler
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