KEY RECOMMENDATION 6

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Create Attractive Workplaces for All

Create Attractive Workplaces for All

Creating safe and healthy workplaces is a vital pillar of any industrial sector. However, in competitive economies, workplaces must not only meet basic needs but also be appealing to potential talent and workers. Attractiveness of the workplace helps to improve competitiveness and meet all the needs of workers. An attractive workplace must promote well-being through health, safety, comfort, positive socialisation, diversity, and fair compensation. The more appealing a workplace is the greater amounts of talent a company will have to choose from therefore allowing them to select high-quality employees that will help to improve processes and stay competitive. Both the public and private sector must work to create attractive workplaces that provide a positive environment for workers. 

Attractive workplaces should also promote inclusion through equal representation regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual identity and national origin in order to drive innovation forward and create value. Organisations are advised to invest in all workers through the promotion of diversity awareness, equal educational access, safe and accepting work environments. Similarly, companies are urged to encourage human resource management practices to promote diversity and inclusiveness among workers. 

Factories will be designed to provide an appealing and challenging environment for humans. The paradigm of Human Centred Manufacturing should be developed according to the development of new technologies, new interfaces between humans and machines and between machines to enable new levels of cooperation. New technology will not replace humans in creativity and decision power in key areas: technology will support human activity and augment their capabilities to higher levels of effectiveness and value added. Machines should adjust to human beings and not the reverse. 

Similar to creating inclusive and attractive workplaces, stakeholders must also consider the attractiveness of workplace beyond their walls with regard to location, work-life balance and quality of life. With the advent of urbanisation, the so-called Urban Manufacturing trend is creating workplaces close to residential areas resulting in shorter commuting time, less environmental impact and a better work-life balance. Urban Manufacturing should be considered as an important characteristic in the context of smart cities and plays a role in improving the image and attractiveness of manufacturing. 

In order to create a comprehensively attractive work environment, cities are competing amongst each other to bring in new businesses and maintain current companies. Manufacturing is driving this competition and helping to create more attractive environments for workers in both their personal and professional lives. Cities must become more attractive to companies and workers by providing well-functioning services such as public transportation, healthcare, education, public safety and cultural life. By creating an attractive environment both within a company and in regional environments, the manufacturing sector can recruit and maintain top talent to bolster competitiveness. 

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