A Manager’s Simple Guide in Supervising a Factory

How can you determine a company’s success? In the manufacturing sector, a business’s success is reliant on the effectiveness of the processes in the industrial plant. How organized is the supply chain? Are the workers productive? Is the workplace safe? Are the workers trained in handling technology, equipment, processes, and systems?
The owner and the manager must ensure that the production process is working seamlessly.


First, the manager needs to make sure that the factory is up to code. That means having an experienced EICR inspector over to check the electrical lines. If there are faulty lines and breakers, the company needs to address these immediately. While you can save on the cost of electrical repairs initially, it will create life-threatening accidents in the future that will put you in a long and tedious legal process. Your business can close down because of neglect.

Of course, the security of your workforce should be your number one priority. One of the factors of making a manufacturing plant success is its ability to follow health and safety standards. A manager should make sure these standards are in place. Organizations should also quickly adopt new safety regulations because of the coronavirus outbreak. Although your employees need work, they are also nervous and anxious about resuming work and being near each other.

Streamlining Process

Businesses should use technology to streamline processes. This will also ease the workers’ duties rather than intimidate them. If a worker has to spend an hour rummaging through paperwork, then it is demotivating for them. If workers have to walk a room end-to-end, then that is a waste of time. They can spend that time doing their work instead. Investing in tools and technology such as warehouse carts and automated systems will save time and energy spent on menial tasks.

Even something as simple as automating chat responses for inquiries sent on Facebook will have a huge impact on your bottom line. Other things you need to look at are allowing employees to check their schedules on their mobile phones and creating a mobile-friendly module where they can access training materials and company policy information. Streamlining processes are as much for your business as they are for your employees.

It also leads to a more productive workforce. When employees don’t need to waste their time finding documents, answering inquiries, and finding inventory, they can spend the time they saved on doing their tasks for the day. Workers’ productivity depends on a smooth-running process in the office, factory, and even in their own houses.

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Communication and Training

When your doors are not open for communication, workers may sometimes feel that their opinions are not valid. Show them you value their suggestions by making sure there is a platform where they can voice out their concerns and recommendations for the company. No one knows the business the way you do, but your workers know it by heart, too. They’ve spent at least 40 hours every week in the office or factory.

As a manager, you have to give them the floor once in a while. If they have an idea of how to make the processes better, then give them a chance to test their ideas. The best organizations are those that can leverage the valuable knowledge from their workers for the betterment of the company.

The scope of the jobs in the manufacturing sector is shifting from manual to automation. This means that organizations must do their part not only to invest in technology but also to train their staff on how to run new systems and programs. Training newly hired and current employees is a huge investment, but it’s the kind of investment that will benefit your company.

Work-life Balance

Are the workers happy? Are they overworked? Do they have enough time to take a break or be with their families after work? How do they feel about their compensation? Are they satisfied with it or are they looking for a better-paying job? Part of being a manager is making sure your workers want to stay with the company. What makes employees want to stay is a work-life balance. That means receiving compensation that’s enough to provide for their families. At the same time, they need time for leisure and entertainment.

Not too many employers and managers think about how their workers are faring. Caring for your employees have as much impact on your business’ success than any revenue-generating mechanism you can think of. Your organization’s strength hinges on the strength of your workforce.

An effective manager knows the nitty-gritty of what goes on in the company. Yes, that includes rumors running among the employees, too. Though you don’t always need to react, it helps to know things and watch out how these will affect your business. The same principle applies to make sure that the organization works like a well-oiled machine. Knowing how to help your employees, as well as what your business needs from top to bottom, will make you a more effective leader.

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