This concept will dramatically reduce the amount of struggles and heavy lifting that managers, upper leadership, and business owners have to handle.
Leadership can make or break any manufacturing operation.
The manufacturing industry relies on equipment, processes, materials, knowledge and many other factors to make a product efficiently.
But there are some traits and behaviors from the people that work in manufacturing that are key for this efficiency. Its people, with an understanding of the power of collaboration and best practices is what drive results and make a difference, here is how.
There are different ways manufacturing business leaders handle their own operations. Each shop floor is different, every department and even every supervisor is a unique. However, the core concept of strong leadership in a manufacturing environment remains the same and the benefits are universal.
Sales, operations, logistics and any other phase of a manufacturing enterprise will function inefficiently without these traits in people.
Nearly everyone has at one time had a boss that destroyed morale; although we all know employee morale plays a monumental role in the efficiency and productivity of a manufacturing workforce.
If people aren’t confident that they matter beyond being just a set of hands, if it is not clear what role they play in driving the business forward or if they don’t feel their physical, mental and even emotional effort is appreciated, they will have no way to be willing to go the extra mile, nobody would.
What are these core behaviors that make us either a driving force or a dragging force for our company?
People is a driving force when they demonstrate constantly in their behavior:
DEVELOPING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
DRIVE FOR RESULTS
PLANNING, ORGANIZING AND CONTROLLING
INFLUENCE IN OTHERS
Here are a few examples of how these traits touch everyday work on a manufacturing floor:
Communicating properly related to product, service, equipment, quality, or efficiency.
Communicating with supervisors, peers, or subordinates
Interpret correctly specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for other workers.
Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Enforce regulations like safety, sanitation and others.
Helping with recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and promoting.
Drive For Results
Goal Setting and Achieving
Planning, Organizing And Controlling
Plan operational procedures, schedules or sequences
Schedule events, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Monitor and control Processes, Materials and resources
Conduct employee training in equipment and procedures.
Work on safety procedures
FINANCIAL IMPACT: COST CENTER VS PROFIT CENTER
When people do not have the right leadership, their efficiency and productivity as you know will be low. Your supervisors, managers and all the leadership structure in your company, set the nature of the financial structure too, resulting in either you operate with COST CENTERS or PROFIT CENTERS.
People are dragging forces for your initiatives
People come to work every day, just to do the barely minimum to not get fired
People spend 40% to 60% of their time doing something else or pretending to be busy, but are not actually working on a specific assignment
For every 100 dollars your company pays them, only around 40 to 50 dollars are truly productive
It is like an old heavy and rusty machine that needs a lot of lubrication and energy (money) to move
People are driving forces for everyday work
People come to work and take action to accomplish their goals every day
They are inspired to go the extra mile as frequently as possible and influence positively others to follow.
The efficiency of your payroll is between 70% and 90%
It is like a well oiled and machine that runs efficiently with low energy costs
These two different ways of performance in financial centers are the direct result of the leadership demonstrated by the supervisors, managers and executives in every company.
These are 3 quick examples from REAL PROJECTS of how the complete process looks like, from leadership skills to manufacturing and financial results:
Proper leadership has a dramatic impact on the overall competitiveness of any manufacturing operation. Understanding that success goes hand in hand with strong leadership and an enthusiastic workforce will keep any manufacturing operation moving forward.
Also, this will dramatically reduce the amount of struggles and heavy lifting that managers, upper leadership, and business owners have to handle.