We are starting to hear the communities think about "opening back up" after the first wave of extreme social distancing comes to a close. Employers have furloughed and laid off staff, and they are already thinking through who would be best to bring back on full time, part time, and who is a permanent departure from the team.
As you and your leadership team respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can think of this as an opportunity to improve your manufacturing team culture. Take this opportunity to invest in people, and you will have a stronger employee culture on the other side. “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
I’m always overwhelmed when I walk in a manufacturing plant and see miles of endless charts on the wall with red and green dots. Individually, I know that chart means something to one or a few people, but collectively my brain is blurred at answering the most basic questions:
“The majority of blue-collar workers believe pay increases should be earned by performance as opposed to tenure.” The workforce today wants to be great at what they do. The employees want objective performance reviews, and they want to be recognized when they are adding value for the business and team. Creating a performance management system at work can be successful if you do these three things. If you miss one of the three foundations in your performance management system, you won't achieve the benefits of more engaged employees and better business results.
I've been reading several industry reports in the last week, and all of them suggest that developing a "Digital Transformation Strategy" is the most important thing for manufacturers to be doing to stay competitive. I agree that leveraging technology better than your competitors is going to keep you ahead in the coming years, but what will it cost you?
Do you think you are like Kobe Bryant? You are Kobe are not that different. Here are 5 Kobe Bryant quotes that could be said to your teams in your manufacturing plant.
Do you have a clear and consistently followed cell phone policy for your factory floor? We summarized best practices from manufacturers on how they police cell phone usage in their plants. There are several different flavors of cell phone policies, so we listed a couple popular options and identified the pros and cons of each type of policy. You might find that you pick and choose from these options to create the policy that is best for you.
TL;DR: It’s all about your employees. Retain them. Engage them. Grow them.
Whether you are a seasoned manufacturing leader or this is your first day on the job, you can start doing these 5 things immediately.
When you are looking to improve your manufacturing results, the first thing you do is look at your losses. If you've got a perfectly prioritized list of loss reasons, and you can make spending and improvement decisions in a snap, you're awesome! Most of us have a list of reasons that someone put together many years ago, and operators might (or might not) be recording downtimes in those reason categories. Your loss reason categories and lists can and should be critical to your decision making on where to spend time, money, and resources. If you aren't getting the most out of your downtime pareto charts, then keep reading. With a little bit of investment, you can make faster decisions with more actionable loss data by choosing better loss reasons and enrolling your team in the process.