By Michael R. Polaski, Executive Director, Supply Chain, OC Reilly, Inc.

(February 28, 2022)—As companies worldwide continue to cope with supply chain delays that hamper their own ability to serve their end-user markets, employers within the supply chain industry have begun thinking in new strategic and tactical directions to break the logjam.

Some examples include:

Enhancing employee professional development – Some logistics providers have developed certificate programs for entry- and mid-level employees to learn and deploy new ideas on improving efficiency and on-time delivery of goods. Earning these certificates also can positively impact the employee’s compensation package.

Pursuing “Employer of Choice” standards and practices – This includes creating stronger employer brands, wage strategies, and engagement approaches, all to position the company as a place where people want to work, and want to remain. Many more openings exist than the number of people willing to take them, according to industry experts. That makes this effort by employers critically important.

Encouraging flexible scheduling and giving employees more control – Warehouse managers in some instances have implemented mobile apps that employees can use to change their shifts, request time off, and schedule vacation time. Other companies are moving to a four-day workweek, or allowing employees to work remotely on certain days. These flexible options reflect the new expectations among employees, exacerbated by the pandemic, where childcare, home schooling, caring for elderly and ill family members all must be accommodated.

A new playing field continues to emerge and be shaped across the supply chain industry. Labor shortages must be closed as quickly as possible, but doing so requires some fresh thinking and a willingness to try new approaches. As these issues continue to be addressed, the global economy can keep on its path to recovery.

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