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How to improve employee productivity in manufacturing

May 27, 2022

We all strive to improve our own productivity levels each day. But how much work can you get done in the day and still produce the same amount of quality work?

We look for new hires who can deliver great work quickly and efficiently without slacking off. Can you trust your employees to complete tasks without micromanagement? If not, how can you improve your numbers while supporting workers?

Wondering what it'll take to close your own productivity gap at your manufacturing company? Here are some tips to get started.

1. Provide your employees with the tools they need to succeed

Sometimes getting work done quickly can prove difficult when you don't have the technology or efficiencies necessary to complete the task. Maybe this is in the form of lessons and training sessions on how to best use the tools available for the job. For example, you may have a pick, pack and ship warehouse where the process has not been clearly laid out. By training your employees on the best way to use the machinery and technology, you can quickly close the gap and clear up bottlenecks.

2. Promote and hire quality management

Inefficiencies travel from the top down. If your management is not communicating with employees, there's no chance for your manufacturing business to streamline operations. Qualities in excellent management hires could include things like showing rather than telling, empathy for employees, leading by example and especially patience.

3. Skilled labor

To create efficiencies and hire incredible employees who may develop into management, you must hire the right people. In the labor market we're in now, you may be tempted to hire just anyone to complete the job. In the long run, though, you'll realize these workers lack the skills and passion you need for long-term success. Training can only go so far; in manufacturing, you need to hire people who are excited about the industry and have some relevant experience. For entry-level roles, this could even be working at a grocery store stocking shelves, interacting with customers, keeping track of inventory and working closely with coworkers.

4. Knowing your employees

As the old saying goes, money talks. When you offer your workers competitive rates with robust benefits packages, you give them more incentive to work harder for your business. Rewards and bonuses are a job well done can also do a lot to motivate your employees.

However, not all employees are money motivated. Get to know your employees and understand what keeps them going. It could be the opportunity to move up in the company, better benefits or pay-time-off, flexible hours and so on.

Productivity isn't about squeezing every ounce of energy from your employees. It's about ensuring they're doing their best to contribute to the success of the business.

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