While you likely won’t be able to automate every function in your warehouse, the processes you can streamline may mean a reduced need for staff. But as the UC Berkeley Labor Center found,
there shouldn’t be “dramatic job loss” over the next decade. Instead, companies will be able to hire less-skilled workers and reduce training times – which can be beneficial for both employers and employees.
Safety Measures Cut Costs
Another element that’s a worthwhile business expense is a solid safety protocol for your entire warehouse. After all, when a worker gets hurt, companies pay. Worker’s compensation claims average over $41,000 per year and cover incidents like falls, workers getting caught in machines, and worse.
By implementing and sticking to strict safety protocols, you can avoid mishaps, lower worker risk, and enjoy more productive (and cost-effective) working hours. In fact, safety is a primary motivator for warehouses adopting automation as well, notes US Chamber. Even though technology implementation has sped up due to the pandemic’s impact on commerce, keeping workers protected is a priority.