Many businesses are struggling right now with several labor challenges. From high turnover rates to difficulty filling vital positions, companies everywhere are looking for better, more efficient ways to maintain their staff.
While this crisis has affected nearly all industries and job positions, maintenance seems to be hit exceptionally hard. Labor shortages mean rising costs and when that is coupled with increased requirements for cleanliness and disinfection, the gravity of the situation is evident.
If retaining a full maintenance crew has been a challenge for your organization, know that this is not an isolated issue. The problem is widespread across many industries. However, Tennant has solutions that may help you meet your maintenance needs.
As maintenance staffing shortages continue to rise, many organizations are finding that co-botting is a viable solution. This practice employs collaborative robots that are designed to work close to and in conjunction with human beings.
The Tennant T16AMR, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR), is the first robotic floor scrubber designed specifically for large spaces like warehouses or 3PL (third-party logistics) facilities. It is specifically designed to operate in complex, real-world environments without the need for direct operator control. It notifies the maintenance supervisor of route completion—and it even provides weekly reports so you know exactly what was cleaned and when. It increases cleaning efficiency without overextending cleaning teams that may be overtaxed or not fully staffed.
Co-botting eases the work burden of maintenance staff. This minimizes the impact of labor shortages and subsequent stressful work environments which leads to turnover reduction. Furthermore, co-botting frees up cleaning teams so they can take care of other responsibilities that may have been downplayed because other tasks like deep cleaning and sanitation had greater priority.
The benefits of automation are profound:
- Optimizes labor by reallocating employees to higher value tasks
- Reduces turnover and positively engages employees
- Executes reliable and consistent cleaning,
- Improves cleaning performance and provides real-time performance data
- Fast-charging, high-capacity lithium-Ion battery option allows for up to 13 hours of cleaning in a 24-hour period
This technology doesn’t replace maintenance staff but works with humans to provide more efficient and effective cleaning capabilities. The T16AMR and other Tennant solutions can increase labor efficiency for cleaning teams and achieve a better, deeper clean.