One of the primary responsibilities of a plant manager is managing a workforce, particularly the recruitment, development and retention of employees. That responsibility has been made more difficult by the recent labor market, which considerably favors the job seeker.

This climate intensifies the need for a company culture that staff members enjoy, and potential employees want to be part of. Because supervisors are the voice, eyes and ears of a business, they play a crucial role in building or hurting a company’s culture.

While there are numerous key competencies necessary for supervisors to create a good workforce, below is a small set of major abilities that plant supervisors should embrace.

1) Effective Onboarding

Studies have revealed the first 90 days of employment figure out if a new hire will stay with a business and how effective that hire will be. In the end, supervisors expedite the success or failure of a new hire during this key period and beyond.

A good approach to onboarding reinforces the many positive aspects of the company, its policies, its culture and its brand. From outlining a company’s history to establishing standards to clearly reviewing job descriptions, a thorough checklist is essential to effective onboarding.

2) Coaching

Typically, coaching abilities are developed through manager training. This instruction should provide supervisors with the capacity to offer specific, steady and timely performance-based feedback. One major key is being able to explain why a worker’s performance is crucial for both the worker and the business.

3) Listening

When an organization has personnel issues but can identify a root cause, it often comes down to bad communication and poor listening skills more specifically.

Active listening isn’t just paying attention to what someone else is saying. It also involves being open-minded in processing what you are hearing.

4) Conflict Resolution

In a company with many people, everyone brings their own unique points of view and part of a manager’s job is to resolve conflicting viewpoints in a healthy manner.

With regards to managing conflict, it’s critical to pull together details, ask staff members for their thoughts and develop potential solutions. Once you have settled on a solution, present it clearly and concentrate on maintaining an open dialogue. The worst thing you could do in resolving conflict is to discourage ongoing communication.

5) Managing Change

Change is a normal portion of the human condition, and the way a plant manager manages the change that happens under their watch will dictate how employees deal with it.

A change management strategy should begin with open communication. Keep staff members current by framing change clearly and in a positive way. Invite staff members to take part in navigating the changes, which helps give them a greater sense of ownership.

Above all, communicate and inspire progress. The top talent will gravitate to your company if it can encourage growth and development through change.

We Can Help Your Company Managers Achieve their Goals

At Jarvi Group, we help company managers achieve their goals by providing them with comprehensive talent acquisition solutions. Please contact us today to find out more.

Jarvi Group

© Jarvi Group

1350 Scribner Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


We are here to help and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.