Posted with permission from the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a Frost & Sullivan company.
As anyone in manufacturing knows, production team members’ tasks in manufacturing and assembly operations are evolving away from physical, hands-on labor, making differentiation difficult to operationalize. Changes in automation, digitization, new technologies, and changing customer requirements stemming from Manufacturing 4.0 are changing not just the pace, but the very nature of work on the plant floor.
And let’s not forget that these skillsets need to evolve as quickly as your innovations in engineering, design, and technology, and the customer’s ever-changing buying preferences. Lean tools alone are not enough to address needed skill, behavior, and mindset changes, and better processes and systems address only the symptoms resulting from outdated skills, not the cause.
What’s needed are better-focused and engaged production team members who are not afraid to own the problems that arise and can collaborate to address problems at their source.