U.S. Shift Work Growth Stalled, Finds Kronos Workforce Activity Report

Kronos | August 04, 2020

National Overview: According to the U.S. Workforce Activity Report from Kronos Incorporated for July 27-Aug. 2, shift work volume1 remained essentially flat between the weeks ending July 26 and Aug. 2, growing just 0.5% week-over-week. This slightly outpaces the 0.3% weekly average shift work growth that occurred since the week ending June 28. While shift work grew 32% during the first 11 weeks of the recovery, which begin the week ending April 12th, it has grown just 1.5% since late June. Region Snapshot: The Northeast has now recovered 62% of shifts lost during the pandemic – up from 55% in late June – and is the only region to post a significant gain in shift work during the month of July. On a weekly basis, shift growth held essentially flat for the week ending Aug. 2. The Southeast2 grew 0.9% and is now 13.9% below pre-pandemic shift levels. The West3 experienced a half percentage point (0.5%) increase and now sits 11.1% below pre-pandemic levels. The Northeast4 must recover another 15.1% to reach the same volume of shifts worked the week ending March 15 – the last week of “normal” workplace activity before the pandemic – after growing shift volume 0.3% last week. The Midwest5 declined 0.1% and must recover another 10.8% to achieve a full recovery.

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Analytics has permeated, virtually, every department within an organization. It’s no longer a ‘nice to have’. It’s an organizational imperative. HR, specifically, collects a wealth of data; from recruiting applications, employee surveys, performance management data and it sits in systems that remain largely untapped. This data can help drive strategic decisions about your workforce. Analytic tools have, historically, been difficult to use and required heavy IT lifting in order to get the most out of them.

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Analytics has permeated, virtually, every department within an organization. It’s no longer a ‘nice to have’. It’s an organizational imperative. HR, specifically, collects a wealth of data; from recruiting applications, employee surveys, performance management data and it sits in systems that remain largely untapped. This data can help drive strategic decisions about your workforce. Analytic tools have, historically, been difficult to use and required heavy IT lifting in order to get the most out of them.

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