Every business needs objectives in order to drive their actions. Reaching these objectives is made easier when employees are aware of how impactful their actions are. Companies can help their employees see the relationship between the two more clearly. This is done most easily by taking a S.M.A.R.T. approach to manufacturing leadership.
The First Step
As with anything new that affects them, all your employees need to be informed that a new method of objectives management is going to be implemented and why the change is being made. You also need to hammer out your objectives. This is something that — though it can be challenging to accomplish — is absolutely necessary for success.
The S.M.A.R.T. System
The S.M.A.R.T. system makes it easier to set objectives that are clear and attainable. By using the following S.M.A.R.T. system, the process is more finely focused, leading to better results.
S = Specific:
Each objective that your company strives to meet needs to be very specific. While general objectives — such as increasing productivity overall — are a good start, it is crucial that you turn this generalization into something more specific such as increasing productivity by 15 percent.
M = Measurable:
In order for you to determine if your objective has been reached, you must be able to measure it. For example, if your company has a new department, you couldn’t measure its ability to increase its productivity simply because no prior data exists.
A = Achievable:
Going back to the example of increasing your productivity by 15 percent, your employees must have access to what they need to achieve those objectives. If there is an industry shortage in a key element that is needed for them to ramp up production, this objective might not be attainable.
R = Realistic:
Each of your objectives need to be realistic. Building on the factor mentioned above, it is possible that you can rework the objective to reflect the realities of the situation. Perhaps the backlogged material is being rolled out and is enroute to your location. You could change the objective to increase productivity by 15 percent beginning immediately with one that instead reflects the delay in obtaining materials.
T = Time-based:
Adding a time element to the objective is the final factor. By making your goal to increase productivity by 15 percent for the last two quarters of the year, you provide a built-in review date as well as a definitive end time.
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