Findings from our recent Manufacturing Quits Study show that job seekers were looking for options in employment including the option to work part-time. This study consulted manufacturing employees, employers and people who had recently left manufacturing jobs.
During consultations employers and their current employees often raised the fact that co-workers were often missing days and attendance was slacking. At a recent Manufacturing Job Fair, the majority of jobs on offer were full-time yet many of the attendees were seeking part-time jobs including a significant number of foreign students who are currently living in this area and are looking to work part-time to supplement their income. There appears to be lots of available overtime for those who want it so some employees are working more than 50 hours per week while others were missing time.
Several employers mentioned full-time workers constantly working only 3 or 4-days a week. Employees said, if they only want to work 3 days a week let them but bring on someone else to fill the gap as we are being forced to “pick up the slack”.
One consideration mentioned in the Manufacturing Quits Study is to offer part-time employment options as new positions are posted. This may assist in attracting new workers as well as helping to retain existing employees who are constantly missing hours at work by offering them another option.
Click here to see more from the Manufacturing Quits Study.