Lim Kee Food Manufacturing
Breaking away from conventional norms: Underpinning workplace learning in digital transformation
How do traditional businesses keep up with the latest trends, especially in an increasingly digitalised world?
For enterprises in the food manufacturing line, the struggle to recruit right talents for the job has intensified, partially due to the perceived notion that factory jobs operate in a tougher working environment, as well as an increasing lack of desire by the younger generation to work for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Aside from struggles in hiring, retaining talents posed as another key issue for one of the leading home-grown food manufacturers, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing Pte Ltd (Lim Kee). While the pandemic gave rise to an increase in job flexibility, opening up possibilities for flexible work arrangements for those in offices, the same cannot be said for those working in the manufacturing industry.
With the newer generation of the workforce constantly on the lookout for the next-best job opportunity in today’s fast-paced world, it further aggravated the situation for Lim Kee in sourcing for fresh, new hires to support and ramp up transformation efforts in streamlining existing operations.
It became evident to Lim Kee that the way forward was to reskill and upskill existing employees, to prepare them for the age of digitalisation and to allow them to take the lead in transforming the enterprise to one that is agile and future-ready.
72% of CEOs in Singapore have seen their new digital business models accelerate during the COVID-19 period.
of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore now have digital transformation strategies in place.
Four in five
employees agree that digital transformation is important for business survival, but only about one in five
stated that they are willing to stay in a company that prioritises digital transformation.
Business leaders today acknowledged that digital transformation can have a positive impact on five key areas: optimising operations; empowering employees; engaging customers; transforming products; and facilitating internationalisation. But the question is, which area is the most important for businesses? In the new normal, the answer to that seems to be employee empowerment.