Labor Lookout: Go Mobile, Create Talent-Filled Enterprises

On this Labor Day, when much of the country takes a day off from the laborious rat race of work life, it’s a perfect time to look inside the state of employment, specifically in the information technology industry, specifically focused on mobile transformation.

The intersection of legacy industry processes and millennials is an awkward one. On this side you have an up and coming workforce that is deemed “digital native” growing into companies that consider digital transformation something that has to do with a stationery desktop computer and fax machine.

According to Deloitte, there’s one industry that is expanding, but without embracing mobile technology could find itself with empty offices and work areas.

Between 2015 and 2025, the manufacturing sector is expected to lose some 2.7 million workers due to retirement, expand the job force by 700,000, and only be able to fill 1.4 million of those spots. That leaves a 2 million job gap less than a decade from now.

So how can the industry curtail that major upcoming issue?

In a separate study, Deloitte said 77% of millennials want better mobile connectivity in their workplace, and in the same breath reported just 16% of that age group expect to stay with their currently employer through decade’s end.

Clearly the manufacturing sector is facing two challenges: a hiring gap, and having the proper tools in place to retain whatever young talent an employer does onboard.

According to VDC Research, slightly more than a third – just 36%  – of manufacturing companies were currently using mobile technology to support business initiatives. Conversely, more than double that figure – 78%  – claimed mobile initiatives present a competitive advantage.

Of course this is no surprise to anyone. New technology breeds more efficient workflows and, ultimately, better ways of doing things. If not for technological advancement, offices around the globe would still be saddled with abacuses.

Future generations will be focusing more and more on how to create those technologies rather than how to best utilize them while in the workforce. Mobility and automation will soon go hand in hand, and if enterprises aren’t seeing the writing on the wall, they’ll fall behind quickly and have a tremendous time trying to recover.

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