Workplace Stress in Manufacturing: What’s Accumulation Got To Do With It?

Jan 13, 2023 | Manufacturing

On this blog and in our interactions with prospects and customers, we often highlight how our equipment can help manufacturers increase their throughput. As manufacturers of accumulation tables, conveyors, and distribution systems, it’s no surprise that throughput is our core focus.

However, our accumulation systems can also help solve other challenges faced by factories and plants across the United States. One of the major issues that manufacturers face today is stress in the workplace.


Stress among employees can lead to decreased productivity, increased costs, and high turnover rates. This is especially relevant in today’s tight labor market, where manufacturers are competing to attract and retain top talent.

But how does accumulation relate to reducing worker stress and improving morale? In this blog post, we’ll explore the connection between these two issues and the role that Garvey’s equipment can play in addressing them. 


The manufacturing industry is dealing with a numbers problem


The manufacturing industry is facing a numbers problem. With job openings at an all-time high and a shortage of skilled professionals to replace an aging workforce, manufacturers are struggling to retain their best employees and recruit new talent. Nearly a quarter of all workers in the manufacturing sector are over the age of 55.


To attract and retain top talent, manufacturers must prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees. This includes addressing the issue of stress in the workplace.

The effects of stress on employees and employers


Stress is one of those slippery concepts. It’s difficult to accurately calculate its impact on your business, but it’s probably affecting your bottom line more than you think. Stressed workers are less satisfied, less motivated, and more likely to make mistakes. 



So, what’s accumulation got to do with it?


While adding accumulation tables to your lines won’t eliminate workplace stress overnight, research suggests that when employees have adequate equipment to do their jobs effectively, their stress levels decrease.


At Garvey, we believe that our accumulation systems can play a role in reducing stress by keeping lines running smoothly, ensuring production targets are met, and minimizing downtime. By providing operators with “more room to breathe” during service on individual machines, our equipment can help alleviate some of the stress associated with their job.


Our customers report an improvement in morale


Our customers have reported an improvement in worker morale after adding Garvey equipment to their lines. For example, one customer reported that “The operators seem to love the tables. They take away a ton of stress from the operation and give us much more room to breathe. We cannot believe we actually used our original accumulation tables at this point.”


Nice, right? Like every other company in the world, we love hearing that people love our products. Everybody is looking to save money (inflation is another 2023 trend), but cutting costs does not have to impact worker safety and stress. Our solutions accomplish both. 


At Garvey, we’re proud to offer solutions that not only improve throughput but also contribute to a safe and stress-free workplace for employees. If you’re interested in learning more about how our accumulation solutions can help your workforce succeed while improving your throughput, contact us today.