BLUFWorkforce shortages are creating smaller workgroups, putting more pressure on routine tasks, and making it difficult to focus on the operational and strategic roles and inputs—while also adversely affecting worker health and welfare.
Alex Christian writing for BBC Worklife makes these points about understaffing:
- In 2022, 76% of manufacturing and hospitality firms reported. difficulties recruiting staff, while 56% were operating below capacity.
- When workers try to pick up the slack, it can create stress, anxiety and burnout.
- Under-resourced teams can affect output for companies
- Employers also create understaffing since it makes financial sense for companies to operate as lean as possible.
- Current macroeconomic factors mean many workers can expect to be on short-staffed teams, for the time being, at least.
Recent Runway Posts related to this topic:
- These are the industries that are struggling most to find workers – TheRunway (airforce.gov.au)
- How to deal with work stress — and actually recover from burnout – TheRunway (airforce.gov.au)
References from the Web :
- SEP 2022 Understaffing Problems: 5 Signs to Look Out For – Allegiance Staffing
- FEB 2023 The hidden costs of chronic understaffing – Fast Company Magazine