June 29, 2023
In manufacturing, large groups of very diverse people have to work cooperatively to create as much output as possible while still adhering to appropriate quality standards. Because of this, a manufacturing culture that promotes cooperation and self-actualization is crucial for an organization’s success.
But how do you go about doing so? Unfortunately, many managers’ first instinct is to beat the drum in an ultimately vain attempt to force their workers into greater productivity. This mentality and attendant lack of concern for employee welfare are leading to a situation where a projected 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled between now and 2028. This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the current situation.
Once you realize the problem exists, the question becomes obvious. How do you increase efficiency in a way that actually works while encouraging worker retention at the same time? The answer is both simple and complex: foster a positive and productive company culture. While the concept is easy enough to understand, many choose to either ignore it or don’t know how to facilitate its effective implementation. This is a shame since positive company culture has been conclusively linked to increased productivity and customer satisfaction, reduced turnover and higher levels of innovation.
Below we’ll discuss the current state of manufacturing culture and how it can be improved by emphasizing frontline worker engagement and happiness, including actionable steps you can take to immediately enact positive change.