Hidden cost: Labor Availability
The workers you can’t hire are costing you
Existing and newly entering people into the workforce have choices. The more fluid nature of today’s workforce, reliability, cost and retention of readily-available labor will only continue to get worse.
of warehouses can’t hire enough workers
unfilled warehousing jobs in the U.S.
Hidden cost: Turnover
You lose money when you lose people
The high turnover rates in material handling coupled with the costs to replace a departed worker, is a recipe for disaster. The average warehouse with 100 FTE spends more than $365k per year on turnover costs alone!
industry turnover rate
cost of salary to replace a worker
Hidden cost: Training
Workers need to get up to speed
Training is one of those expenses that many operations take for granted. On average, 43% of your staff will need to be trained each year resulting in recurring cost and lost productivity.
training cost per worker
productivity hit due to onboarding new employees
Hidden cost: Understaffing
The drag of your missing worker
Understaffing has a significant impact on throughput and carries both additional costs and lost revenues. And the cost of these absences translates into a productivity hit to your existing workers who have to pick up the slack.
more likely to quit due to understaffing
understaffing in warehousing
Hidden cost: Lost Productivity
The labor-only double whammy
Along with persistent understaffing, the average U.S. worker is LESS productive today than they were in 2010. So even if you can fill those roles, you have an uphill battle to keep them at work and more productive.
or more in lost output due to understaffing and productivity losses
decrease in average worker productivity since 2010
Hidden cost: Inflation
Wage increases that defy gravity
Labor costs will continue to rise. And all of the factors mentioned above combined with external inflationary pressure means that cost of your workers is only going one way. Up.
wage increases in the last two years
Hidden cost: Safety
The cost of safety is material
Workers can become quite skilled at highly repetitive tasks but accidents will happen from time to time. Even minor incidents cost tens of thousands, and happen more frequently than you might expect.
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