Maximizing Employee Potential to Create a Lean, Quality-Focused Culture
A key concept of Lean manufacturing philosophy is
differentiating between value-added and non value-added activity. Within that
category is the concept of necessary non value-added activity or activities
that are necessary, but don’t add value to the products being built.
Supervision is considered a necessary, non value-added activity. While
management involvement in the production process has not disappeared at Burton
Industries, its management team has questioned how much supervision is really
necessary if employees are trained in the “why” behind their jobs and
understand how they interrelate to the production process.
This philosophy has driven cross-training efforts that have
created a more nimble, flexible workforce able to work in multiple production
jobs as production demand dictates. This training focus has evolved over
multiple years into a program known as Learn 2 Earn, that increases team
members’ compensation as their skills proficiency increases. In some cases,
team members are trained in skills applicable to multiple processes in
individual work cells; in other cases they are trained to work as a cohesive
team in a single work cell.
For more information contact Burton Industries Inc.
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T: (906) 932-5970
F: (906) 932-9822
1260 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI, 49938, United States