The Seven Myths and Misconceptions of Labour Management Software


Our labour management software experience shows us that confidence is the most impactful factor in a successful implementation.  Users need to be assured that the calculations are accurate and the measurements are correct when implementing labour management software that monitors productivity.

  1. Make sure your system gets that end-user support by choosing something reliable and proven. JDA Warehouse Labour Management software (JDA WLM) is widely respected in the supply chain industry and considered one of the most detailed and accurate labour management systems for measuring productivity.
  2. Dispel myths and misconceptions about productivity management.

Don’t let labour management software myths and misconceptions like these stall your selection or implementation:

Productivity Management is about working faster

Productivity management is a tool that above all else is used to ensure consistency. It depends on processes being performed in a consistent and sequential order. Everything works correctly when moving from step one, to step two, to step three…and if something unexpected occurs between step one and step two, most likely productivity scores and measurements will be impacted negatively. JDA WLM allows you to easily identify when tasks may detour from the expected sequence and then make the necessary corrections.

Labour Management is just a score

JDA WLM can do so much more than provide a score when it comes to managing your labour. This includes measuring things like quality, planning, balancing, indirect, travel, order profile, observations, and so on. Companies like Open Sky Group can help you make sure you’re getting more than just a productivity score from JDA WLM.

Productivity Management negatively affects morale

This one is easy. The system allows you to move beyond seeing forklifts and assembly lines. You’ll now understand who is most impactful to your success and be able to give immediate, real-time feedback. Many companies use JDA WLM or other labour management software to implement an incentive program. This is by far the best way to answer the question, “How am I doing?”

JDA WLM only works with JDA WMS

False, false, false. This is probably one of the largest labour management software myths in the industry. Oftentimes vendors who make multiple products create them so that they can be used as a unit or individually. We’ve implemented JDA WLM with a number of different warehouse management systems (WMS).  JDA WLM is built to easily integrate to a number of WMS products. As a gold implementation partner and reseller of JDA WLM, WFM, TMS, and WMS, Open Sky Group helps customers get JDA WLM installed, configured, and integrated to whatever WMS a customer is currently using.

JDA WLM doesn’t require any maintenance

Not true. There is some maintenance necessary for any productivity management system, such as JDA WLM or other labour management software. For example, some maintenance may need to be done if changes are made to your WMS or to your processes. There are a number of reports and dashboards in JDA WLM that can make this maintenance easy to track and perform. Companies like Open Sky Group can help identify issues with maintenance and keep your labour management software running, or get you back on track if something has happened.

Labour Management will fix everything in my operation

Labour management software is first and foremost a reporting tool and there is still a utilization component associated with it. Companies like Open Sky Group can help determine how this product is utilized in your operations and show you how reporting can be used more effectively to increase productivity.

Labour Management Software won’t work in an operation my size

From operations measuring six employees to 600 employees and building sizes from 100,000 square feet to two million square feet, JDA WLM can help improve the performance and productivity of your workforce, as well as allow you to accept more business with your current workforce.

Don’t let labour management software myths and misconceptions like these stall your selection or implementation. If you lack the in-house expertise or skills, find a partner that has experience in both operations and your chosen software who can help you get the most from your JDA WLM, like Open Sky Group. Contact us today.

Article written by Jeremy Hudson, OSG