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WORKPLACE IMPROVEMENTS
Bakers should
prioritize employee
comfort and
fulfillment when
automating.
JSB Industries/Muffin Town
Uber workforce, because it's at the discretion of people if
they want to work and when they want to work, " he said.
Many people today don't view jobs as anything more
than something they'll try out, Mr. Quigg emphasized.
And if they don't like it, they're gone.
" You'll never hear from them; you'll never see them.
They'll just completely ghost, " he said. " COVID shifted
the dynamic for people to say, 'If this is a job that I
don't like or won't like for a very long time, I'll just try
something new.' It's given people the ability, which can
honestly be a positive thing, to find what's really right
for them. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily always
involve people aspiring to work in a bakery manufacturing
environment. "
Automating out of labor troubles
Today's worker shortage has forced bakers to reconsider
their capital spending priorities.
" Post-COVID, we live in a different world. Metrics
have changed, " Mr. Salman explained at the ASB panel.
" Return on investment used to be the most important
factor, but now there are two other metrics: return on
comfort of our employees and re-employment of our resources
in the bakery. "
Instead of focusing only on technology that will boost
their bottom line, bakers today must consider upgrades
that will also reduce their dependency on labor positions
they can no longer fill.
" There's a new element of 'How do I really take
a swing at spending my money in a way that'll give
me more capacity, more consistency and help with
the real big pinch,' " said Rowdy Brixey, president of
Brixey Engineering.
Baking & Snack's " Automating Out of the Labor
Challenge " study, conducted by Cypress Research, found
that bakers understandably view automation as a way
to improve product quality (90%) and increase product
capacity (86%). However, 85% of respondents also see
automation as mitigating labor shortages by eliminating
the need for manual labor.
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BAKERS TODAY MUST
CONSIDER UPGRADES
THAT WILL ALSO REDUCE
THEIR DEPENDENCY ON
LABOR POSITIONS THEY
CAN NO LONGER FILL.
5 Generation Bakers has increased employee pay 30% since the
pandemic and offers a loan program to help employees in need.
Michael Ray
Some of the best tasks bakers can automate are those
requiring repetitive motion or heavy lifting.
" Especially with jobs that are repetitive and can be automated,
those are the ones that people generally don't
like to do, " Mr. Quigg explained. " I think the fundamental
shift in the labor workforce has led us to where we
are, which is where it's really hard to find jobs that are
not interesting or unique or challenging, both mentally
and physically. "
Another area that's being automated, especially among
small to midsize bakeries, is mixing. Standardizing this
process gives bakers greater product consistency, leading
to less rework and waste.
" If you think about what impacts labor, it's volume, "
Mr. Brixey explained. " If 10% to 20% of your volume is
to remake what you already made due to mixing errors,
you get two benefits there: the reduction of labor and a
reduction in waste. "
Baking & Snack's study found that 16% of small to
midsize bakeries and large bakeries plan to upgrade
their recipe-driven mixing systems, while 18% of small
to midsize bakeries that aren't using these systems are
considering purchasing them. On the packaging side,
23% of large bakeries and 22% of small to midsize bak
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