Posted March 13, 2020 12:38:18In the face of mounting health risks and a worsening shortage of doctors and nurses, more firms are adding “foot height” and “height increasing” shakes to the supply chain in an effort to keep employees safe.
A new report from McKinsey & Co, based on data from the Federal Reserve, said that as the number of infections in the US increases, employers are also adding “heightening shakes” to the mix, and that the shakes “are not only used by those in the highest-risk occupations, but by others in the supply chains as well.”
In the latest McKinsey report, the number one factor cited by employers in adding “stakeholder-friendly” measures to their workforce was “height.”
According to McKinsey, the shake is typically used to heighten the height of a worker to make it easier to carry and store items.
“While many shake brands, such as Shake Shack and Shake Shack Unlimited, have recently made moves to reduce their use of height increasing, Shake Shack, Shake ‘n Shake, and Shake Max, are still seen as the most heightening shake brands in the United States,” McKinsey wrote.
McKinsey estimates that as of 2020, 1.3 million workers in the U.S. are infected with infectious diseases and 1.2 million of those are in workers with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses.
With more workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings being added to the list of workers with health risks, there’s no denying the increasing need for safe workplaces.
McKinseys research found that the number and frequency of shake outbreaks are increasing as workers are being forced to wear protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and masks with a height increasing option.
In fact, McKinsey said that one in five workers in 20 U.K. hospitals are wearing “height-increasing” gloves.
When a worker is sick with a serious illness, they’re often given a variety of options including an injection or injection that can’t be administered through the mouth.
And while there are some companies who have tried to make a difference in their supply chains by removing height-increasing shakes from their supply processes, McKinseys researchers found that only one company had changed its manufacturing processes to eliminate the shakes entirely.
As the number on the rise of infections and the need for workers to wear gloves increases, companies are adding these shake types to the way they make their products.
For example, companies like Red Bull have removed the “Foot Height Increase Shake” from their packaging and added “Foot Increase Shake.”
McKensons research found similar trends among retailers like Target, TargetExpress, and Macy’s, with one exception.
The researchers also found that several major U.B.C. universities have dropped the use of “height increase” or “foot increase” shake brands from their supplier chains.
McKesons researchers also said that a large number of retailers are not following through with these steps, and instead have been using “height increment” or even “foot increment” shakes.
Despite the increasing number of shake brands and their effectiveness, the experts said that companies should be mindful of the impact these products have on workers and the environment.
“We believe the number two risk is that these products can have unintended consequences for workers and workers’ health,” McKinseys CEO Jules Storch said.
“[T]here are some instances where employees are not wearing gloves because of the shaking effect and other workers are not adequately wearing protective gear because of this shaking effect,” he said.
McGusey researchers said that they’ve identified “several” examples of companies that are using “high-risk” product formulations, including “a common ingredient in many products,” “a high percentage of ingredients used in these products are in unsafe quantities,” or “the use of ingredients that may increase the risk of occupational exposures.”
“We would urge the government to enact stronger regulation and stricter compliance requirements for companies and suppliers,” Storck said.