Manufacturing operations look a lot different today than they did back in our grandfathers’ era. Technology has changed the way everyone works, and manufacturing is no different. Both what we produce and how we produce it has changed, and not just over decades, but sometimes just over mere days. We can create more in less time with less materials, and our skilled workers, contingent employees and full-time tradesmen must come to the table with a whole new set of skills. It makes many of our clients ask, “How can my company keep up?”
At Malone Solutions we know the importance of being able to adapt to change. Sometimes that means bringing in new talent or hiring for new positions, but sometimes the greater potential lies right in with your current staff. That’s when a learning culture can really make a difference in your company’s success.
What is a learning culture?
Some companies seek to acquire top talent, while others learn how to develop it. A successful company, especially in the manufacturing workforce, knows how to do both. Creating a learning culture will provide your employees with opportunities to learn new skills and build on current strengths. The possibilities are endless; they can explore new technology, develop leadership traits, create safer work environments and collaborate on strategies to increase profits and productivity. A successful learning culture offers seminars, sessions and workshops that encourage your employees, both permanent and contracted, to take charge of their own career development.
What are the benefits of a learning culture?
Promoting a learning culture helps develop leaders at all levels, from your apprentice machinists to your senior managers. Continuous learning and strong leadership drives innovation and opportunity. Your workers become more invested in their jobs, more satisfied with their work and more committed to the company’s goals and mission. A learning culture can deprogram bad habits that employees developed over the years and at previous jobs. Employees who participate in continuous learning can positively influence product quality, production efficiency, customer service and response times. Safety practices and procedures get a solid boost, too. Want your on-the-job accidents and incidents to decrease? Empower your employees with education.
How can you implement a learning culture?
First, and most important, all levels of management must value a learning culture. This can’t be something implemented without everyone on board. Your employees need to feel the excitement. They need to be encouraged. Second, avoid placing your staff in a traditional classroom setting. They’ll quickly become bored and under-stimulated. Give them training with technology, like game-like simulations and app-based exercises. Let them collaborate and encourage peer training, along with providing mentoring opportunities such as networking and informal coaching.
Finally, you’ll need to do homework on your employees. What do they need to learn? What skills can they develop that will make your company more competitive? How can you give them easy access to these learning opportunities? From these answers you can start to build a curriculum that is rich in both content and interaction.
Partnering with a staffing agency like Malone Solutions can help empower your employees through professional development. We offer unique staffing and workforce solutions custom-tailored to your needs and goals. Contact us today to tap into our extensive pool of recruiting and staffing services.