How can automation counteract the fluctuation of logistics workers?

Employees, Automation

As we all know, fluctuation is a completely natural process from a business perspective. It's also a fact that some areas of your operation - such as warehouse logistics - are more affected by it than others. Nevertheless, high fluctuation rates are unpleasant and have a negative impact on efficiency and costs.

In the following, you will find a compact summary of how automation can effectively contribute to sustainably minimizing fluctuation in the area of intra- and transport logistics.

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Now back to the positive impact of automation solutions on attrition:


Fluctuation as a risk-related phenomenon

In intra- and transport logistics, the reasons for higher turnover rates are mostly physical and mental.

Potentially dangerous as well as physically heavy work with an elevated risk of accident or injury represents a strain for all logistics workers in both physical and mental terms, leading to frequent sick leave and fluctuations within the workforce. In addition, the jobs concerned are increasingly perceived as unattractive.


Fluctuation as a business problem

High fluctuation rates and the loss of attractiveness as an employer are therefore also accompanied by business management problems, such as

  • Increasing costs for bridging, recruiting, and training new employees’ workforce
  • Loss of know-how due to the leave of long-term key employees
  • Productivity losses due to a lack of motivation and identification with the company
  • Difficulties in filling vacancies in the longer term


Automation as a solution to fluctuation

Automation also proves to be a predestined solution regarding fluctuation because it addresses all critical points simultaneously. By relieving - not replacing(!) - your employees by means of automated and autonomous transport systems - which now take over the execution of potentially dangerous as well as physically heavy work processes - operational safety increases by a significant value. In addition, you can use the freed-up employees in positions with significantly higher added value by retraining them. Also, automated and autonomous logistics systems reduce production costs, thus securing jobs in the long term. And because of the increased attractiveness as an employer, you can easily fill any vacancies with experienced specialists.

As you can see, automation scores in terms of fluctuation as a solution by increasing operational reliability.

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