Just like the machines that power your production processes, a good factory is at its best when everything is working in concert and running as smoothly as possible. To get to that point on a reliable basis, it's vital that you streamline your communication efforts in whatever way you can.
There are some obvious benefits up front when it comes to this sort of initiative, but you may not realize that you'll get all of the following boosts to your operations when you put better communications standards into place:
1) It increases production and efficiency
Simply put, when you make communication clearer and more effective in a way that makes sense for your operations, everyone is more likely to pull in the same direction, according to Mantec. When you're working in that way on an organizational level, the odds that any confusion or difficulties arise are greatly reduced.
2) It keeps everyone on the same page
Especially if you have a relatively large operation with dozens of employees, it can be difficult for one hand to know what the other is doing, Mantec advised. If you have effective communication, the message starts at the top and trickles down with no nuance lost.
3) It's critical to keeping people safe
Your employees' safety should be your No. 1 concern in manufacturing, and better communication can quickly alert them to new risks and emergencies, according to Sensear. A good alarm system that connects directly to individual employees and throughout the facility as a whole will ensure proper reaction.
4) It helps avoid conflict
You never want a situation where a person is told one thing by a supervisor and then another by a coworker, Sensear said. If these messages are even slightly contradictory, it creates needless confusion.
5) It makes training easier
Proper training requires cohesive messaging and reinforcement of the concepts being taught and applied on an ongoing basis, according to Beekeeper. A better communication plan will help your company achieve that level of effective training and, in doing so, make you more effective in your production processes going forward.
6) It saves managers time
A great part of a better communication system is that you will typically only have to say something once, and leave behind a record of what was passed on initially, Beekeeper noted. That way, the central idea behind your messages from the top of a given team (or even higher up the ladder) is preserved, giving employees the ability to refer back and ask follow-up questions as needed.
7) It creates immediacy
When you need to get a message out to your employees quickly and ensure that they enact what you're asking them to in a timely manner, your electronic communication plan allows you to do that quickly and easily, Beekeeper further added. That way, when messaging needs to reach everyone ASAP, there is no slow trickle of information, but rather a straightforward and immediate directive.