Employee productivity is critical for the success of any manufacturing companies. Manufacturers usually implement lean manufacturing strategies to increase their employee productivity, but relying on that alone is not enough.
It is undeniable that manufacturers need the role of technology to help them run their business processes. The combination of software and hardware has proven to be able to increase employee productivity significantly.
Here are several things that you can do to encourage your manufacturing workers to be more productive.
Improve Communication & Training
Before getting your employees to start working on the specific tasks, you need to first communicate your goals and expectations. Your employees must know the company’s overall goals.
As a leader, you also have to help your employees achieve company goals as well as personal growth. Therefore, training has to be conducted regularly. Without adequate training and clarity of job roles, employees tend to lose motivation to increase their productivity.
Conduct Regular Performance Appraisals
Conduct employee performance assessments regularly, for example once every three months or every semester. Ask your human resource manager to create employee appraisal forms and get all your employees to fill them out.
Performance appraisals can have both direct and sustainable effects on employee productivity. Recognizing the positive aspects of employee performance can help increase their confidence. In terms of dealing with negative aspects of employee performance, you can work with your employees to take corrective actions and find solutions to improve their performance.
Here are several popular types of employee performance evaluations you can conduct:
- Numerical rating scale: this usually involves rating employees on a scale of 1 to 5 or 1 to 10 to measure their performance on a plethora of areas such as teamwork, communication skills and reliability
- Objective-based: this is a practical way to monitor monitor the overall success of employees by measuring it based on the targets they have achieved
- 360-degree feedback: the type of performance assessment that involves feedback from multiple parties such as managers, subordinates, coworkers, and even clients
- Critical incidents: A performance appraisal method that involves identifying and describing certain events (or incidents) in which an employee did something very well or something that needs improvement
Consider using HashMicro’s HRM system to make it easy for your HR manager to conduct assessments and surveys as well as maintain ability records of employees to match them to the right jobs.
Read the related article: 7 Ways to Improve Efficiency at Your Manufacturing Plant
Increase Manufacturing Worker Productivity with Software
Productivity improvement will be difficult to achieve when your employees still have to do various daily processes manually, like relying on papers or spreadsheets when tracking inventory or going through work orders.
Today, many manufacturers have abandoned the old ways and switched to ERP systems. If your competitors have automated their business processes, then you should too. ERP software eliminates the most time-consuming and labor-intensive manual processes, gets them done faster, thus allowing your employees to focus on tasks that are more profitable for your business.
Take advantage of the Internet of Things
In addition to implementing software, you should also consider using the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, the IoT is becoming a hot topic in the manufacturing industry, because it has proven to be able to dramatically increase the productivity of employees on the manufacturing floor.
The IoT is basically a network of physical devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity that allow them to connect, collect and share data. It involves expanding Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, to various physical devices or everyday objects that seem impossible to connect to the internet.
Currently, more and more manufacturers are transitioning to the IoT. Just like ERP, it helps manufacturers increase the productivity of their employees, because repetitive and strenuous processes are automated. The IoT has even proven to be able to optimize the functions of the software systems used by manufacturers, especially ERP.
Optimize Your Employee Shift Scheduling
Although manufacturing companies are known for their long work shifts, the work schedules can be made more flexible and employee-friendly.
With more systematic work scheduling, unexpected overtime can be avoided and the task distribution can be managed more effectively. Timesheet management software can help you organize shift schedules, monitor time usage, and calculate your employee’s salary based on their working hours (this will be very helpful especially if you hire part-timers).