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Labour shortages are a perennial problem in manufacturing. By 2030, estimates point to a shortage of eight million workers. To recruit and retain vital talent, manufacturers must adapt or risk becoming obsolete.  

In today’s digital landscape, this means exploring technological innovation through data and connectivity, to better support the changing needs of workers. Manufacturers are increasingly exploring digitalisation in the form of smart factories. That same thirst for digital innovation must be applied to workforce management. 

Steve Tonks, SVP – EMEA at WorkForce Software, explores three emerging trends delivering the workplace evolution that will ensure manufacturing keeps pace with employee expectations, attracting talent back to the production line. 

“As manufacturers progress toward smart manufacturing, the opportunities digitalisation can bring to workers must be integrated as part of a strategy of holistic innovation,” Tonks says. “Where digital technologies meet human talent, the future is created – no matter the industry or workplace.” 

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