This is the first post in our new series “Work in Progress”. We focus on making it easier for industrial businesses to put the right people with the right skills working on the right job at the right time. In this post, we’re diving into the very tactical needs of leaders on the frontlines — supervisors, foremen, captains, shift/cell/zone/area leads, etc.


Many industrial companies face the difficult challenge of forecasting how quickly end-market demand will ramp back up (think: business and personal airline travel, new car sales, etc.). As a result, it is difficult to know how many workers they need, which workers they need, when they need them, and then which workers are available. Now layer on the fact that daycares and schools may not reopen as planned (i.e., kids are still home), some workers have underlying health conditions, many companies have rolling furloughs where different workers are out different days of the week, or that frontline leaders that keep track of who knows how to do what — in their heads or on spreadsheets on their desktops — may no longer be with the business. All of these factors taken together are making it extremely difficult for businesses to know who can/should work on what when. …


Matthew Delaney

Co-Founder of Covalent Networks

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