Just as you expect lower-level manufacturing workers to go through regular training to ensure their skills align with your organizational needs, you should be doing the same with your managers. The fact is that these employees have just as much need for brushing up their skills — if not more so — because of the unique role they play at your company; their job is to position many team members for success.
With that in mind, the following areas of focus can be highly effective when it comes to manufacturing manager training, so read on to boost your company's operations:
1) Increasing emotional awareness
Managers simply can't be demanding for every hour their on the job, but they also can't always expect employees to come to them with problems they may be having, according to California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. For that reason, training managers to be more emotionally intelligent and recognize the signs that someone might not be able to give it their all on a certain day is vital. This helps build better connections and keep them attuned to worker needs.
2) Becoming a better listener
In much the same way as emotional intelligence is important to identifying problems, so too is being able to listen to employees when it's time for a discussion, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting said. Whether someone is trying to convey a problem with work-related processes or is going through something tough in their personal lives, managers who know how to listen will build a better rapport and keep their teams effective.
3) Identifying issues that lead to slowdowns
Outside interpersonal dealings, manufacturing managers also have to be able to ensure operations flow smoothly, according to Fishbowl. In this business, little bottlenecks can turn into big problems in relatively little time, so being able to dig into the data or the many moving parts of the manufacturing process to identify and straighten out problems is definitely a skill worth cultivating.
4) Setting and meeting your targets
Of course, it's not always easy to understand how effectively you're operating from one month to the next without a clear way of delineating where you want to be and where you actually got, according to Hashmicro. While you may set top-down organizational goals, it's important for managers to see how those affect their teams and what that will require of them in terms of throughput. Moreover, they have to understand whether high-level goals are actually feasible based on what they know about their unique teams.
5) Taking your own training skills to the next level
Finally, you no doubt count on your managers and other leaders to run employee trainings throughout the year, Hashmicro added. That means they should be getting training of their own for things like public speaking, conveying potentially complicated ideas and so on. When all involved are more confident in their leaders' training abilities, the quality of those sessions — and the amount employees get out of them — tends to rise.