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6 reasons manufacturers depend on effective communication

When it comes to manufacturing, communication is key. From the average factory worker to the top level of management, effective dialogue makes all the difference.

But if communication falls to the wayside, productivity falters and attrition takes its toll. Here are six important reasons communication is vital to manufacturing.

1. Communication breaks down barriers
Establishing dialogue sets the precedent that managers are ready and willing to field concerns, questions or insights. Sometimes, the biggest barrier to effective communication is simply that nobody's taken the first step. Encourage managers to reach out and create both one-on-one and town hall meetings with the staff.

2. Talking leads to teamwork
Manufacturing work relies on camaraderie to truly succeed. Without teamwork, any given process, protocol or function may fall off the rails. When workers are more comfortable communicating — not just to management, but to each other — ideas can be proposed and mistakes can be avoided.

3. It's the best way to identify (and prevent) burnout
Workloads can often get away from even the most efficient employees. When workers burn out, their performance and productivity decline. Burnout is a serious danger to both mental and physical well-being.

Proactive communication can help managers identify employees on the verge of burnout. With a simple conversation, you just may save your workers the baggage of mental exhaustion. Identifying those at-risk employees is in both the company's and the staff's best interest.

4. There's no better way to learn than to listen
Everybody wants to feel like management takes them seriously. In fact, employees who feel heard are over four times more likely to feel empowered to work their best, according to Inc.

When managers take the opportunity to listen, they also empower themselves. A good manager relishes the chance to learn how they can better lead their employees to success. By talking — but more importantly, listening — to the workforce, leadership can gauge which areas of the workplace need improvement.

5. It keeps staff engaged in their work
Disengaged employees are bad for business. According to Gallup, only 25% of U.S. manufacturing workers are engaged in their job. As a whole, disengaged workers cost the economy nearly $600 billion every year.

Gallup recommends opening an active line of dialogue between management and the workforce to keep employees involved at work. In doing so, manufacturers can cut the exorbitant costs of replacing workers by engaging and retaining their staff.

6. You can keep everybody on the same page
Manufacturing can be a dangerous profession. Workers operate heavy machinery and use dangerous equipment as a regular part of their job. That's why it's so important to ensure each and every employee is well-versed in the latest safety guidelines and best practices. Effective communication not only helps a manufacturer comply with regulations; it also makes the workplace safer.