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Recruitment and Retention Trends: What Will Help Food and Beverage in 2021?

Jan. 14, 2021
How has COVID-19 impacted the food and beverage manufacturing workforce? We talked to The Conference Board's Elizabeth Crofoot about trends and solutions for 2021.

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Food and beverage manufacturing is hard work. According to Food Processing's recent Workforce Development Trends Webinar, 65% of food workers report being injured or made sick on the job. With that statistic, it's easy to understand why some processors may have a difficult time finding and retaining employees. 

During the recent webinar, Pan Demetrakakes spoke with Elizabeth Crofoot, Senior Economist for The Conference Board, about what recruitment and retention strategies processors could employ in 2021.   

During the broadcast, the duo discussed on-boarding measures some companies have undertaken, such as mentoring new employees with more senior employees.

Other companies, such as General Mills, have systematized their onboarding process. Using augmented reality and artificial intelligence for training, scenario-based learning, and reinforcing training with manager check-ins have all made this Food Processing Top 100™ company stand out in the workplace satisfaction game. 

Other companies, like Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods, have turned to third-party firms to help with workforce training. From financial literacy to mechanical training, both of these meat producers work in concert with their employees to help them get the training they need. 

Training aside, how have food and beverage companies managed to recruit and retain employees throughout a pandemic? To learn more, be sure to download our Workforce Trends webinar

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