When you are just starting out at a manufacturing company, or your firm brings someone else aboard, it's important to be as professional and open with these new people as you can. And while it's not always easy to get into the swing of a new work culture right away, you can certainly do more to make that process as seamless as possible from either side of the relationship.
That starts with giving everyone at your facility common courtesy and following basic etiquette, including these examples:
1) Know your role
First and foremost, you need to recognize that everyone in the factory has their own particular role and, in many cases, they've been doing it for years, according to All About Lean. For that reason, you shouldn't presume you can just start questioning their processes. The same applies to new hires; as long as they have proven proficient in the past, it's important not to get too in the weeds with showing them "your way" of doing things.
2) Keep your head on a swivel
No matter if you've been in at a manufacturer for two days or two decades, it's critical to know that there's a lot of activity going on at all times and the factory floor can be a dangerous place as a result, All About Lean added. Not only is it just good practice to be aware of your surroundings, it's also vital for staying out of your coworkers' way and not gumming up the works.
3) Keep your feedback constructive
This is good advice for your life, but it's critical that any time you're giving people feedback, you're not just putting them down, according to Karico International. It's always going to be better for all involved to say, "Have you thought about doing that this way, because..." instead of "Why are you doing it that way? Do it this way instead!" That's true not only because it's more courteous, but also because the other person is far more likely to actually take the advice.
4) Acclimate to the culture
If you're a fresh hire, it's important to get the lay of the land and try to blend into how your new employer operates on a daily basis, Karico International said. You may have gotten the job done quite well at your old company, but there's certainly more than one way to be effective and efficient. Even if you think there are ways your new company can improve, you should raise those issues a little farther down the road.
5) Be respectful
This is another good piece of life advice, but no matter what situation you are in — whether dealing with coworkers, bosses or subordinates — prioritize treating everyone at your business like an adult, according to Zippia. That means no talking down to them, no gossiping, and generally treating everyone the way you would like to be treated. When you do that, you are in a far better position to build great, lasting relationships with everyone under your roof.