As the fourth quarter of 2018 approaches, it’s time to start creating your business plan for 2019. Once you firm up the budget for labor, material handling equipment and other expenses, turn your attention to establishing key productive goals that are both challenging and realistic.
Past performance is a starting point, but don’t simply recycle measurements from year to year. Use these helpful guidelines to set accurate goals that give employees a clear roadmap for success.
Use the SMART Method
The more precise your goals, the better equipped employees will be to follow them and the easier it will be to track progress. Make sure goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Maintain Open Communication
Workers are more likely to internalize goals when they feel as though they’re part of the process. Solicit input from employees at all levels and remain open to regular feedback throughout the year.
Determine Key Metrics
What metrics will give you the clearest picture of productivity levels? Units per labor hour, or UPLH, is an industry standard that’s straightforward and efficient.
Other metrics to consider include:
– Safety: Workplace injuries affect the number of experienced workers available and impact morale of other employees.
– Quality: Time spent handling quality issues has a direct impact on UPLH.
– Turnover: New employees have to be trained and they require time to develop the necessary skills, resulting in uneven productivity levels.
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