Flexing the Workforce: Using Overall Labor Effectiveness to Manage Fluctuating Demand

Learn a variety of ways manufacturers can flex their workforces while maintaining positive labor relationships to create an agile, lean supply chain. As the supply chain becomes leaner and more volatile, it becomes more dif­ficult for manufacturers to balance the desires of the workforce — such as the expectation of a 40-hour workweek — with the demands of the business. Flexing the workforce is an efficient way to maintain labor effectiveness during changing demand. When it’s used ineffectively, it can act as a buffer that masks inefficiency. Find out how an overall workforce flexing strategy can give you a competitive advantage.