Productivity, performance, and people within manufacturing

Measuring productivity is essential within manufacturing. Making the most out of machinery and labour not only ensures high-cost savings and high performance it also highlights the potential within employees. Whether you are an OEM or EMS provider, productivity should consistently be monitored so you can continuously improve your production processes resulting in further development and growth.

The article below by How's Business provides a useful insight into how to improve performance within manufacturing. I found in particular that self-assessment was an interesting point. By encouraging staff to work on their self-awareness this can lead to them feeling more motivated and therefore more productive. The article then goes into more detail about giving employees regular feedback which ensures they continue to stay on the right track. Having informal chats with employees can be hugely beneficial; it is important to maintain and build relationships with all employees to produce a good working environment.

The article takes quite a different spin on how to improve productivity by focusing on employees, I think within the manufacturing industry, we are quite prone to just looking at machine efficiency and achieving maximum output.

Your employees are often the lynchpin in your business. Without them, your life would be a lot harder, as you wouldn’t be able to handle all of the daily tasks of running your business alone. Not only is it important to hammer down the skills gap on your team, you’ll need to show you value them.

Written by Felicity Warner

Felicity has over 8 years’ experience in Electronics Manufacturing Services in both customer service and costing roles. In her current role at ESCATEC as Cost Engineer, Felicity works closely with the Business Development and Key Account Management teams to prepare competitive quote proposals for clients.