Ramping up current production or having to pivot so your business can make new products because of COVID-19 can put a strain on your current workforce. Just like your manufacturing company is an essential business, make sure you have enough of these essential workers to handle the workload.

Assemblers

Whether your producing life-saving equipment or ramping up production of your current products, you’ll need to have enough assemblers on deck to work the line and get products assembled. Though they may not need prior experience in order to work in your plant, they should have essential soft skills such as great hand-eye coordination, the ability to be on their feet for long periods of time, can work well on a team, and has a history of working efficiently without sacrificing the quality of their work. It’s also a good idea to have some sort of training program put together ahead of time so new workers can get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Machine Operators

CNC Operators, manufacturing technicians, millwrights – whichever skilled machine operators you use in your manufacturing plant, you’ll need to make sure you have enough of these specialized workers to fulfill those production orders. Unlike assemblers, these workers need to have specific training and experience. So taking the time to vet potential candidates and check references is advisable. They should also be able to follow manuals and/or blueprints, have a strong attention to detail, and background knowledge of production procedures. If you’re pressed for time trying to check their credentials, or even finding these skilled workers to begin with, consider working with a staffing agency that specializes in this industry.

Shipping and Receiving Clerks

From keeping track of shipments to assembling packing boxes, your shipping and receiving clerks are critical to making sure your products are sent out to your clients on time. With the increased demand for your products, the workers you hire need to be able to work fast but have that same keen attention to detail as your current staff. They must also have the physical stamina to keep up with packaging, weighing, and loading boxes onto trucks.

Forklift Operators

Another type of skilled worker you want to make sure you have enough of during this high production time are forklift operators. Aside from making sure they’re certified, make sure their work history shows they have a great attention to detail needed for tasks like checking manifests and inventory dates, place a high value on safety, and have the stamina to deal with the physical demands of the job. If you need forklift operators asap, consider partnering with a staffing agency that already have a pool of workers like this one.

 

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