The manufacturing industry is a vital cog in the economy wheels of almost every country. And behind every successful manufacturer, lies a fantastic team of workers who are productive, innovative, and creative. But, given the critical role factory workers play in the success of their companies, are employers doing all they can to support them? Ultimately, if your factory team starts to ‘turn bad’ the impact will affect your profits. With this in mind, here is how manufacturers should approach building – and creating – high-quality factory workers.
Leading from the front
As a manufacturing employer, you have to lead from the front. Hiding away in your office well away from the factory floor or constantly being away on business trips is going to send your workers all the wrong signs. Don’t forget, as a leader, all your actions will trickle down to the workers, and if they view you as aloof and uncaring about the business, why should they have a stake in its success? It’s these subtle little parts of running a business that many people pick up on – and could be the difference between a motivated workforce and a group of individuals who just don’t care.
Instill a positive company culture
Factory work isn’t the most glamorous industry to be in, so instilling a sense of a great company culture can do wonders for motivating your teams. It’s important to work hard on that culture, too – you can end up in dangerous territory if you assume your company will just be a great place to work as if by accident. Weave your values and expectations into the heart of your business, and stick to those principles through thick and thin.
Invest in training
No worker in your company wants to stick around for years on end without any hope of progression. So, while new workers might start off on the factory line or packing departments, most will want to explore a lot more opportunity. As paulsonplasticsacademy.com state on their website, thorough training for your employees can result in a skilled workforce that is at the very top of their particular industry. And helping them on the road to being the best is a good reason for them to show you loyalty and commitment for many years to come.
Care and attention
One of the biggest reasons factory workers take time off sick is due to burnout. Production in manufacturing can be a tiring and repetitive job, which leads to serious issues. Quality control can take a dip, as can productivity. And while there might be other issues at play, FairLabor.org suggest it is often due to burnout. Make sure your workers are achieving an excellent work-life balance, and never push them too hard. There will be times when you need them to work long hours, of course, especially during periods of high demand. But you have to balance it out by giving them time off in lieu, too, so that everyone can recharge the necessary batteries.
Never forget that your workers could be the difference between success and failure. And looking after the factory floor will lead to loyal, productive staff that stick around for many years to come.
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