I’m writing this from my Marketing Manager’s office, who by the way is never around. My company wants to implement the concept of IE (Industrial Engineering) in their apparel manufacturing process, unfortunately it seems my Production Manager is more interested in increasing his productivity and getting his female workers to work harder. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s all bad, he has managed to convince the company to install an air conditioned floor and has worked with Swedes, Sri Lankans and Chinese, set the company’s lines; it’s his insistence that internationally applied methodologies cannot be applied to our own industry.
Now as a newbie, I really agree on the fact that not everything you learn in the classroom, you can apply in real life. But somethings, such as facts can and must be learnt by everyone!
The different scales for example are very important. Machine Operators in a factory floor come from various backgrounds, most of them are not very educated; herein lies the responsibility of the employee, that will be you: Tell what you know in the best way possible. Don’t presume that he know, one operator I’m training has been working in the industry for 15 years and she didn’t know what an inch was!