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Is Your Company Equipment Impacting Employee Turnover Rates?

Jun 7, 2024 | Public | 0 comments

Equipment is an important factor in keeping your business operating smoothly and plays a key role in the satisfaction of employees. Here, we’ll cover how equipment can become obsolete and eventually result in higher-than-usual staff turnover.

How Failing or Out-of-Date Equipment Comes About

Well-maintained equipment will last longer and operate more smoothly, but there are ways that obsoletion occurs due to poor upkeep, equipment manufacturer changes, and failures in updating technology-based gear.

Natural Deterioration

Heavy machinery, vehicles, and other equipment can show signs of impending breakdowns or simply fail to operate properly over time due to natural deterioration. Depending on the issue, it could be more costly to repair older equipment rather than replacing it. Keep track of your equipment’s lifespan, and stick with a maintenance schedule to prevent disruptions and downtime.

Manufacturer-Planned Obsolescence

Manufacturers often plan on products becoming obsolete every few years. This is a way that they generate income by giving users no choice other than to buy new models instead of making repairs. They tend to do this by discontinuing parts, updating features, and not offering anymore software updates.

Technological Obsolescence

When modern technology advances past your equipment’s abilities to be adapted, you’ll have no choice other to invest in new machines to stay operational and competitive. Commercial and construction equipment can both become technologically obsolete. However, investing in new tech-enabled machinery can result in less downtime and greater efficiency along with overall company safety.

What Is Employee Turnover?

Employee turnover represents the numerical percentage of staff that leave your company during a set time frame. It’s important to keep track of this figure to determine the need to hire more people and determine the reasons they are leaving. This could range from poor work conditions and negative management practices to outdated equipment. Replacing employees can result in high costs for recruitment and training, as well as lower morale for remaining staff.

Old Equipment and Outdated Technology Can Lead to High Employee Turnover

While you might not see an issue if PCs are running slowly, the internet is sketchy or cybersecurity is lacking, these situations can be problematic for your employees. Workers may be less productive and frustrated, leading to their quitting along with other issues for the whole company. Staff that continually faces obstacles like slow technology and outdated equipment are inclined to find other work, especially if no action is taken to resolve the problems.

Employee turnover can interrupt the business. Until new hires are trained, the productivity of their particular position can be hindered. Those responsible for training are likely to accomplish less product production or work within their own position.

Furthermore, when employees leave a company, they tell others why they did so. They are likely to explain that the company uses outdated technology or malfunction equipment and refuse to resolve it. This makes it seem as though a company isn’t supporting their employees, which tends to shine a negative light on your business.

Examples of Equipment

Manufacturing industry companies typically use:

  • Storage tanks
  • Generators
  • Mixers
  • Centrifuges
  • Shredders
  • Packaging machines
  • Lifts
  • Compressors

Heavy construction equipment will vary and may differ for each job site. Some of the most common pieces include:

  • Cranes
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Skid steers
  • Articulated trucks
  • Compact track and multi-terrain loaders
  • Asphalt pavers
  • Compactors
  • Cold planers

Warehouses also require specialized equipment, such as:

  • Conveying devices
  • Packaging machines
  • Storage for tools and products
  • Organizational tools
  • Lifting equipment
  • Packing materials

Stay on Top of Equipment Repairs and Updates

It’s essential to have functioning machinery and tools to streamline productivity and keep staff happy. You can increase productivity and boost employee morale by doing so.

Taylor McKnight wrote this article on behalf of General Construction Crane Service Inc.

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