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Motivation for repetitive production workers


Production line work can be boring, repetitive and uninspiring. How do I motivate production line operatives in a factory environment, bearing in mind that pay rates are fixed and and all operatives work on a two shift system?
Paul Chetwynd

3 Responses

  1. motivation
    Dear Paul

    As you know, it can be extremely diffucult to motivate people in this type of environment. One of our clients has a scheme, whereby any production line worker who has a bright idea about how to improve their job or their working life is reworded by being appointed to head up the project team working on their idea until completion.

    There are of course other ways to motivate peoplpe, for example, satisfying their self-esteem and self-actualisation needs. If you would like to talk more, give me a ring.

    Maggie Mosley
    Director of Business Psychology
    Progressive Management Solutions Ltd.
    020 8871 5063

  2. help them own a patch of turf
    Dear Paul,
    ‘a patch of turf’ is one of the most powerful motivators there is – and the most natural. When Pehr Gyllenhammar was embarking on his motivational activities as president of Volvo in the seventies, one of the first things he did in the mile-long Torslanda line was break it up into manageable groups, sometimes with things like a little roof to diminish the noise, so that the line became a series of ‘rooms’, each owned by a group who worked there. For many the chance to decide on facilities – improve the washroom, locate the coffee machine etc added to the sense of membership – so the emphasis was on ‘our’ turf. If you don’t help this process along, it will happen anyway, not always the way you’d want it. Cheers – Nancy Foy 01796 473 470, [email protected]. Let’s talk.

  3. Motivation in Manufacturing!
    Hi Paul!
    There are a number of options if the lack of motivation is due to the repetitive, uninspiring nature of the work. However, these feelings could stem from other, deeper issues, so dealing with them on the surface won’t give you a long term solution! We have the same challenge with one of our clients!
    If you would like to chat, feel free to call on 01793 616100.


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