How to Attract Production Workers

by Alejandro Russell

Production workers facilitate the manufacturing process by performing various laborious tasks, such as assembling units, loading and offloading goods, packing and sorting finished products, and more. They work in various manufacturing industries, such as food, pharmaceutical, and vehicle and assembly. To become a production worker, you must be physically fit and have at least a high school diploma. Most organizations find it hard to attract skilled production workers due several reasons, such as unfavorable working conditions and poor pay. However, a few pointers can help manufacturers to draw these important workers to their organizations.

Providing Job Security

Most productions workers are either casual laborers or work under short-term contracts of about three months. This leads to uncertainty because there is no surety of contract renewal or getting work every day. Manufacturing industries constantly need these workers because production is a continuous process. If you want to attract production workers, consider introducing longer contracts of at least one year. This might help in retaining and winning over employees because they feel that their jobs are more secure.

Improving Health Benefits

Most production workers perform laborious duties while in the manufacturing plant. Some stand for long hours while assembling parts or lifting heavy loads. Others spend most of their time sitting throughout the packing-and-sorting process. Working hours may have serious health issues such as fatigue and backaches. For example, those in the agricultural sector work in the open and face hazards such as unpredictable weather conditions, insects, and pesticide exposure. They also work in a high-risk environment that makes them more prone to work-related accidents. Most production workers only enjoy a minimum health plan that covers work-related injuries. Introducing a more comprehensive medical plan that covers most ailments will endear you to production workers.

Improving Working Conditions

Production workers across all industries work in shifts to ensure production is not halted. There are the day and night shifts, each lasting for at least eight hours. These long hours may lead to health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases, and also strains family relationships. Considering that most of the duties in a manufacturing plant are manual, working for eight hours is exhausting. If you want to attract production workers to your plant, you may try introducing shorter shifts.

Improving Their Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011, the salaries of production workers differ across industries. The highest hourly mean wage was $26.46 in motor vehicle manufacturing, while the lowest was $12.40 in animal slaughtering and processing. This translated to an annual mean wage of $55,040 and $25,790 respectively. BLS puts the mean annual wage of production worker at $30,670. Companies hoping to attract more skilled production workers to their manufacturing plant may consider increasing the hourly wage. It is no secret that production workers play a critical role in the production process and deserve a better pay.

Photo Credits

  • Getty Images/Lifesize/Getty Images