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Workforce Compliance in Manufacturing: What does it mean to you?

April 09, 2018 | Workforce Management

The Industrial Revolution in America began taking shape in 1760 and continued at a record pace until as late as 1840. Although the Revolution was known primarily for the transition from manual production to machine production, it was, quite simply, the harbinger to the modern day factory system.

Manufacturing has always been an important component of the U.S. economy and American workers have fueled that importance through hard work in exchange for good paying jobs and benefits. Today, there are 12.5 million workers in manufacturing contributing $2.18 trillion to the economy or 11.7% of the GDP. It is estimated that there are 251,774 manufacturing companies in the U.S. with the vast majority of them falling into the categories of small to medium size businesses.

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With that many companies and that many workers, how do you control issues of compliance when there are plenty of regulations on the books? No one said it was easy, and one thing’s for certain, it’s only going to get more difficult. Consider this; with the need for more than 3 million manufacturing jobs in the next 10 years, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, there’s going to be a corresponding need to manage issues of compliance so manufacturers avoid getting a “bad rap” for violations of compliance. In short, as it becomes more competitive to retain and hire new workers, the manufacturers who aren’t making mistakes and shortcutting the system will be the ones rewarded with a stronger workforce.

All you need to do is look at websites of law firms promoting their expertise at handling State Wage and Hour Laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Federal Family & Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and countless state and local government employment laws. It’s enough to strike a sense of fear into the fearless.

However, with workforce management software, particularly software solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium sized manufacturers, these types of compliance complexities can be automated, simplified and made almost error-free. Take, for instance, workforce management software from Workloud, the international company specializing in labor scheduling, absence management, time and attendance, and other solutions for manufacturers. Imagine if you could control overtime costs, better manage overpayments, and eliminate errors associated with payroll. Or, manage union rules, pay policies, complex scheduling factors, absence and leaves, even special and last minute employee requests that require accurate tracking and record keeping. Or, simplifying compliance, through end-to-end workforce management software, that assures manufacturers that local, state and federal laws are strictly adhered to reducing exposure to penalties and heavy fines. If a manufacturer had all of these features in a software suite, then there’s little question that the bottom line would be spared from costly mistakes, and dare we say it, severe penalties from not being compliant.

Avoiding compliance errors can work wonders on a manufacturer’s profitability.  However, it can’t be accomplished in a manual environment of spreadsheets and calendars. You’ll need workforce management software to understand and realize the results and the impact it can have on an organization. In many cases, it’s best to begin with a demo of how it works and why it might be right for you. You should be able to see, right away, the impact it will have on your company.

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Originally published April 9, 2018, updated April 9, 2018
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