Every manufacturer has job functions that can be done remotely with the right tools.
Because manufacturing is a very hands-on business, it may be counter-intuitive to think that many of the jobs required for manufacturing can be done remotely. But they can be. Companies that had a Cloud ERP system when COVID hit were able to implement the other needed online tools and quickly allow remote working. Those who did not have a cloud ERP may have had other ways to “remote in,” but it was not easy. If they did not have online access, they were forced to make reductions in working hours or risk breaking mandated safety protocols. It’s not uncommon for a small to the mid-size manufacturer to have a third of the workforce in the office and one in five employees on the plant floor in a non-production. When you gather a cross-functional team to discuss PPP (personal protective protocols), talk about what functions could be done remotely with the right tools, you may be surprised at how much could be done from the home office.
Make it easy to work any job. Anywhere.
In a post-pandemic society, all companies need to make it as easy as possible for their workers to move back and forth between the office and home without disruption. There shouldn’t have to be special, different instructions for one work environment or another. Cloud ERP is a key tool for manufacturers enabling remote work. Manufacturers who provide laptops, a collaboration software tool for chatting, sharing screens and video calls, and a cloud ERP can work very effectively from any location. Combine this effort with better shop floor communication tools, and you may find your company is more collaborative than they were when they could just walk over and talk to each other!
Cloud-based Saas ERP systems for manufacturers scale up and down with your needs.
Though subscription models vary with different ERP Saas companies, you can expect a Cloud ERP to be flexible, allowing for more or fewer users depending on business conditions. Everyone who needs access to your core company data can get it, and if you need to scale down, you may be able to reduce the number of user licenses and thereby reduce the monthly cost.
Buffer pandemic-driven disruptions with high-quality cloud ERP.
The future of manufacturing is more technology-driven than ever. Employers must have a plan to seamlessly transition the workspaces of their employees, cross-train positions and provide remote access to everyone. The business must be able to sustain dramatic changes, key employees suddenly unavailable, entire groups of employees here one day and absent the next fourteen days. No matter how much we protect ourselves with social distancing, masks, and cleaning, it’s just a matter of time before the odds catch up and business-as-usual will be disrupted. You can buffer that disruption by making it easy for everyone to access your core business application, your ERP where ever they need to work.