Manufacturing companies are often driven by high targets and strict deadlines, with most of this pressure falling on the production workers. Often these employees feel disengaged, which can lead to a negative impact on both quality and productivity.
Manufacturing environments need an engaged workforce to grow and thrive, fortunately there are effective ways to promote Employee Engagement, boost morale and increase productivity.
1. Don’t Ignore the Power of Internal Communications
Internal communications remove the unseen barrier between management and employees, creating transparency in the workplace.
Sharing company news, achievements and information builds trust and loyalty within the workforce which can be an important addition in a manufacturing environment where communication between management and front line workers can be inconsistent.
Manufacturing workers are often left out of the communication loop as many of them don’t have a company email address & traditional bulletin boards often go unseen.
Using automated push notifications & having employees on a singular platform such as Nvolve’s Workforce Excellence solution removes these barriers to effective internal communications.
By providing employees with access to an Internal Communications tool they feel acknowledged and included in the organisation.
2. Offer Feedback and Recognition
Offering support and recognition can be trickier in the Manufacturing Industry due to the majority of the workforce being deskless.
Manufacturers need to embrace a culture of consistent & repeated Employee Recognition to increase productivity, improve delivery times, increase retention and have more committed employees.
Knowing their value leads employees to embrace their tasks and performance. By assigning a means of Employee Recognition that can be tracked such as allowing employees to reward each other Kudos points, employees feel empowered and engaged in the process.
Changing attitudes results in changed behavior and employees are more responsive when getting feedback and recognising one another.
3. Simplify Training & Enable Complete Compliance
Manufacturing employees need to know how to operate and effectively work with all the required components on the production floor as quickly as possible.
Finding time to train every employee can become a time-consuming process and cutting corners is not an option. The safety, quality and integrity of each process depends on compliance to every operating procedure, rule and regulation.
Employees need to be updated quickly on all new training requirements & processes. Management need to be able to quickly identify and fill any training gaps. With a singular platform for Learning Management, teaching and informing employees becomes much easier.
Management can track & manage training, standard operating procedures & employee compliance all from one console. It creates a sense of uniformity among employees, engaging them by giving an interactive learning & development experience.
4. Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement
By creating a culture of Continuous Improvement, where every employee at every level is committed to increasing productivity and efficiency, management can effectively harness the experience and knowledge of production workers.
Production employees know manufacturing processes in and out and know first-hand what’s working and what isn’t.
By having the right tools in place to allow employees to easily submit their improvement ideas management are likely to gain insight to more effective solutions they didn’t even know were available. The result is increased quality, productivity and potential to reduce cost.
Employees should be able to track their idea submissions every step of the way to feel engaged and recognised by knowing that their ideas are being reviewed and implemented.
Consistent recognition can prove to have tangible and measurable results, and the ROI of implementing a tool for Continuous Improvement will become quickly apparent.
Organisations with a higher level of engaged employees typically see higher rates of productivity than those with a high level of non-engaged workers. According to a number of studies organisations with high levels of Employee Engagement also hold higher safety records, lower turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and greater profitability.