The refractory industry, like many, has seen a lot of change over the past few years. Some of the most significant changes have been to the way we work.
New ways of working, social change in attitudes towards work, and the freedom that comes with technology are changing the work landscape as we know it.
How the refractory industry has been impacted in recent years:
There is extensive evidence that people are choosing to move jobs to improve their work/life balance.
Flexible working has revolutionized how, where and when we all do our jobs. It has given employees more freedom to choose when and where they work and how they fit their work around their lives. In most cases, this has led to changes productivity and satisfied workforce.
There are many benefits of flexible working for both employees and employers. Employees can benefit from increased productivity, reduced stress levels, and better work/life balance, while employers can benefit from increased employee satisfaction, reduced staff turnover rates, and lower staff cost.
The days of working set hours are fading away as technology allows for new and more flexible ways of working. Digital technologies are disrupting traditional industries and processes and creating new ones.
Technological advances and the rise of artificial intelligence are two major factors driving this change in the refractory industry.
Artificial intelligence is also having a significant impact on the way we work. It is making it possible for businesses to automate tasks that were once done by human beings, leading to increased efficiency thanks to the implementation of robots and automation in the workplace, thus improving safety.
The internet of things (IoT) and connected devices make it possible for businesses to collect and analyze data in real-time, helping them make better decisions and improve performance.
The changing role of women in refractories:
To create a diverse and inclusive refractory industry, every individual needs to be offered equal opportunity and a rewarding career path. The refractory industry continues to change and evolve, and so too, are women's roles within it.
As more women join positions in the refractory industry, a diversity of perspectives, creative approaches, and solutions become available. This trend is helping shed light on a unique and unprecedented opportunity for our global industry expansion.
Global supply chain:
The global supply chain for raw materials has been disrupted in recent years by a number of factors, including natural disasters, political instability, and the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to logistical disruptions and shortages of raw materials for refractory manufacturers.
The refractory industry has been dealing with material shortages by qualifying new suppliers and materials.
This process of qualifying new materials is important for two reasons. First, it helps to ensure that the refractory industry has a reliable supply of raw materials. Second, it allows businesses to explore new options and find innovative ways to overcome disruptions in the global supply chain.
The refractory industry is facing many challenges but is also experiencing a period of change and opportunity. By embracing new technologies, working flexibly and valuing diversity, the refractory industry can continue to thrive in the years ahead