Many fields across manufacturing and service are facing a shortage of professionals, specifically those equipped with seasoned expertise. Although employees continue to age out of the workforce, keeping and retaining skilled employees is not a new issue. There are many complex pressures widening the skills gap. Fortunately, companies are facing the skills gap head on with augmented reality (AR).
How do I slow the skills drain and extend the employee lifecycle without overburdening senior experts?
How can I get the next generation of employees up-to-speed faster in the field— as physical assets require more complex and individualized skills?
Draining Skills Reservoir
How do I amplify the effectiveness and efficiency of both new and tenured employees?
Lack of Skilled Resources
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While age-based attrition can’t be avoided entirely, career length can be extended even for just a few years. AR's remote assistance can virtually connect field workers with experts in a shared view of the work environment, enable collaborative problem-solving, and eliminate the burden of having to physically travel on site.
As senior employees grow closer to retirement, their individual expertise can be captured and turned from the knowledge of one to the knowledge of many. Experts can capture input related to specific step-by-step procedures and best practices that can be repurposed into a shareable training and upskilling resource.
Rather than stretch employee resources too thin, technicians and experts can come together remotely to collaborate and help remote customers from anywhere. Using remote assistance powered by AR to problem-solve with experts, companies can reduce scrap, rework, and unplanned downtime.
By using AR to overlay immersive AR-guided instructions and performance data over physical assets and environments, critical information can be delivered to frontline employees. Equipped with real-time instructions as they work, new employees become more effective in the field with far fewer errors than with traditional paper-based instructions.
Seasoned employees can benefit from AR-guided instructions for process customization or upskilling and training.
Replace traditional classroom learning methods with AR-based training. Turn senior expertise into shareable resources that use product visualization to display interactive digital twins of the physical assets themselves. This helps new employees learn faster and retain more information.
Maximize the current pool of expertise by pairing seasoned experts up with more junior employees to provide mentorship. Through a shared view of their environment, AR’s remote assistance empowers senior employees to act as a real-time resource while employees get acclimated in the field or on the floor.
Continue to discover how manufacturers are effectively narrowing the industrial skills gap using industrial augmented reality.
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