I firmly believe that in a world filled with extraordinary people…
Good Enough is the enemy of Great
In America, the trade industry of skilled crafts workers is dwindling. Each year we see a growing demand in occupations like construction, carpentry and metalworking.
Some people might say it’s because of the nation filled with people who “don’t want to work”, but I don’t believe that.
I believe these industries have a reputation for being extremely difficult because mediocrity have never been rewarded.
On top of that, deadlines and lead times have grown smaller over the years in an effort to increase profit margins.
Experienced workers may be able to maintain a level of quality while cutting corners, but a newbie will fail to achieve it, therefore being labeled “slow”.
People want to work, but not in an industry that they’re likely to fail at; humans don’t instinctively take risks.
Stay “Ahead of the Pack”: Through my eyes as a worker in the manufacturing industry.
Three Keys to Satisfaction!
Speed and efficiency are always top priority in the manufacturing industry. Alone, those two properties could carry a business for a little while. But without a third key, they’ll fall short when it comes to customer satisfaction. So what is missing in the equation to create lasting success in a business of product creation?
I’m talking about QUALITY; the “dirty word” that some businesses might neglect if they’re chasing that 10-15% increase in production (unknowingly sacrificing the sanity of their workforce). The backbone of your company should have the highest expectations of themselves to produce the best product (not just the fastest junk they can pump out). Pride in workmanship is a fail-proof way to maintain employee morale.
Make it fast or make it great – is there a way to do both?
In this high speed world of quick production and shorter lead times, we have to adapt to keep quality up, and satisfy the market at the same time.
Over the last 5 years in the sheet metal fabrication industry supplying some high volume companies, I have learned skills in production and efficiency. I have grown with the company that I am employed by and have become one of the “go-to” employees for management.
My hunger for finding the most efficient method while chasing an internal requirement to produce the highest quality possible has pushed me to lead others and bring more value to their work.
I have always under promised and over delivered in every service I have ever offered. I may not be the fastest worker, but I surely do not waste time at the water cooler while work needs to be done.
When I present a client with a finished product or service, I want them to be more than satisfied. If I fall short, I will find a way to make it right and move forward in a positive way.
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc.
Learn from my experience and research!
I have created a blog section, specifically to provide information to understand what it takes to produce efficiently.
From home improvement tasks to metalworking or woodworking, we’re going to explore the tools and methods used to get the highest quality finished products.
With a deeper understanding of what is required, it may even be advantageous to contract out a project you’ve been considering instead of tackling it yourself.
Life is a journey that we all go through at some capacity, and being more prepared by learning from others is invaluable.