Training is critical in a job shop, especially for employees on the shop floor. However, training isn’t just about meeting OSHA requirements, although those are critical. Training can make your shop more efficient and keep your best employees from looking for work elsewhere.
Efficiency in Your Job Shop
Training your employees to meet quality control standards will make your shop much more efficient. For starters, if employees make a part the right way the first time, y they won’t have to spend time and materials redoing it. Another benefit is that employees will know the best way to finish a step on a job. There may be multiple ways to complete that step, but there is likely one way that’s the fastest and most accurate. If your employees know what that step is, then they won’t waste time on inefficiency.
Another way training can improve efficiency in your job shop is through cross-training. If only one employee knows how to operate a particular machine or program, what happens if that employee is out? Some tasks can slip through, and you may only have one person who knows how to do them. Ensure that at least two people can do every important task in your shop. If you have all of the steps written down and kept up to date somewhere everyone can access them, even better.
Keep Your Best Employees
Cross-training your employees can also help your shop by keeping your best employees there. The best employees are the ones who are always learning and wanting to do more. If they’re stuck doing the same job without change, they may start looking for a shop where they can try different things. Training these employees in other parts of your shop will keep them engaged and interested in coming to work.
This training could take on different forms. Maybe you train them on every machine in your shop. Or perhaps you help your employee to earn various certifications to make them better at their job. If they’re interested in lean manufacturing, they may be able to help your shop run better once they get that training. Employees who are engaged and encouraged to grow end up paying it back to their employers using their new skills.
Training employees in a job shop has ripple effects that can help the shop get better. Who doesn’t want to make their shop more efficient and hang onto their best employees? You may even find that your shop can bring in different kinds of work if your employees get trained on new processes or other ways to use your machines. The limit is only on your shop’s creativity.
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