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Industrial workers don’t feel supported by their employers

Employers in various industries are anxiously looking for new ways to keep employees engaged and happy at work. But not every corner of the workforce attracts proper attention.

Forty-seven percent of industrial workers – a term that includes employees in such trades Transportation and storage services They are made in their jobs, according to a recent report by safety insights platform StrongArm Technologies and research firm YouGov. 24 percent of respondents said stress has a negative impact on their mental health, while 29 percent said it negatively affects their physical health as well.

“The pandemic has really pushed the idea of ​​a ‘future of work’ for white-collar workers who have already gained more flexibility through remote work, but in order to [industrial workers] “There were increased expectations without increased benefits or support,” said Shaun Peterson, CEO of StrongArm Technologies. Companies are faced with increasing consumer demand and often, [industrial workers] They are treated as tools to achieve these goals rather than as valuable employees to retain and improve their skills.”

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The lack of support in their professional lives is starting to bleed into their personal lives as well. Thirty two percent of Warehouse and transportation workers They say they are too tired to connect with their friends and family as a result of their jobs, and 24% feel they miss important life moments due to bad or inconsistent hours.

But the root of the problem took root before COVID entered our lives. Nearly a third of industrial workers report that it is always difficult to take time off, and nearly one in five say they feel the industry as a whole is resistant to change when it comes to work-life balance.

“We are dealing with a huge labor problem in the industrial sector if things don’t change,” Peterson says. “The cost of living is going up, and these workers are rightly thinking that with potential casualties in these areas, it might be worth working in another sector. Some employers have already depleted local labor pools and now have to move workers from other cities just to do warehouse work or One-day manufacturing.

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Much of the mismanagement and mistreatment of workers in the industrial sector is due to one thing: a lack of training. More than half of warehouse and transportation workers reported having received five or fewer days of training on their job. One in five workers admitted that they received no training at all. This kind of perceived disregard for health and safety by employers can compound the strain on an employee’s mental health.

The tools to support these workers are already available. Just as technology has evolved to make white collar jobs easier, the same has happened in the blue collar sector, with applications that Simplify the recruitment process and platforms to Scheduling optimization. But it was not prioritized in the same way, leaving workers feeling neglected, overworked and undervalued compared to other industries.

“Industrial workers are often overlooked, but they keep nearly every industry running — it is critical that we address their safety and well-being before we stray too far from these vital jobs,” Petersen says. “There has to be a bigger shift in the industry’s mindset to achieve, workers need support – they are not machines. We can do well and do good by supporting them better.”

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