The key to your profits within the manufacturing industry are to increase your production while keeping your costs as low as possible. By motivating your employees and maximizing wages, you can encourage them to produce more. Employees are more motivated when the following strategies are implemented:
Trust is shown
You need to not only say that you trust your team, they need to see you put that trust into action. When you believe that they can do something, they will work hard to prove you right. Conversely, the opposite is true as well. If you do not have faith that your team can handle an upcoming challenge, chances are they will live up to that expectation. Give your team as much autonomy as possible within the grand scheme of things.
Always be ready to deliver feedback — without blaming
Mistakes are going to happen, but calling the culprit out isn’t the answer. Instead of being a motivator to not allow the mistake to happen again, doing so just breeds resentment and bitterness. Not only from the mistake-maker, but from others on your team as they worry about how you will call them out in the same manner when they make the inevitable mistake. Instead, present the dilemma to the entire team as an open-ended question designed to ensure a better outcome in the future. Ask the team what improvements could be made to avoid a similar issue.
As it often happens, those employees that are on the manufacturing floor are the ones who know the machinery and processes the best. They often come up with innovative ideas that can increase production while streamlining methodologies. Be sure to encourage these observations as this is where innovations are often birthed.
Invite Employee Input
Always maintain an open-door policy to encourage employee input of any type. Have roundtable meetings in which employees are encouraged to set goals for the team. Encourage their input on important plans and decisions on a rolling basis. Of course, your employees understand that you are the boss so you make the final decisions, but the fact that you listened to them will be a motivating factor all its own. By inviting their feedback, you will be privy to relevant ideas and information.
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