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Are staff jumping ship? Report on employee attitudes plus retention advice for shipping industry bosses

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Are staff jumping ship? Report on employee attitudes plus retention advice for shipping industry bosses

How to stop staff jumping ship: why effective workforce management is essential to aid employee retention

A new report from workforce management solution Quinyx, highlighting the experiences of employees within the UK shipping industry, has revealed that just 36% of workers in the sector see their role as long-term (1 year+).

With the industry continuing to face considerable pressures following Brexit and COVID-19, the report highlights the most pressing areas of concern for shipping and distribution workers.

It found that UK workers are less likely to say they feel valued at work than employees in other countries that also have prolific shipping industries – 36% in the UK compared to The Netherlands (79%), Belgium (67%) and Germany (62%). The data also highlights issues of understaffing and a lack of employee flexibility.

In this feature, Toma Pagojute, Chief HR Officer at workforce management solutions provider, Quinyx, explores the priorities of workers – flexibility versus higher pay, for example – and looks at the steps employers can take to boost retention of their most important assets, their people.

Drawing insight from Quinyx’s State of the Deskless workforce study, which polled the attitudes and experiences of UK shipping and distribution workers amongst 11,000 workers globally, she’ll discuss:

  • The impact of staff shortages, reduced productivity, under and over-resourcing in the sector and what can be done to address these issues.
  • How improved forecasting, better staff scheduling and real-time communications can enhance operations.
  • Why companies focusing on flexibility may have the competitive advantage..
  • How the UK measures up – comparisons with international counterparts and how shipping firms globally are holding up amid ongoing challenges.

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