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Optimize Your People for More Production

by | Jan 19, 2024 | Control & Safety Systems

Amy Thibault

Amy Thibault

Director Marketing, Brand & Communications, Zedi SaaS SCADA

There is no doubt that you already have some very talented people working in your organization. They’ve been working hard to help increase production and profits in your operation, and now it’s time to help them. Added stress from fewer skilled workers in the workforce can escalate to burn out, safety risks, and lost production that can all quickly add up to lost time, lost profits and serious risk factors to people everywhere.

Upskill your people (help people increase their skills) and optimize their own performance with a few easy-to-implement ideas that can take your operations to the next level of performance in a very short amount of time – all while increasing your people’s abilities and confidence and produce positive short and long term outcomes.

Most employees everywhere generally want to give you their best – make a difference in your organization and feel great about doing their part in the world to make it healthier, safer, smarter, and more sustainable. It’s just human nature to want to be part of something that will do good things and that will help others – all while supporting their families and communities and living their best lives.

While ‘optimize your people’ may sound a bit cold or harsh, the reality is that in the workplace market today it’s important to give them all the mechanisms to take advantage of and enable them to be their best, produce their best and feel their best or you’re not going to keep those amazing people for long. They will find greener grass elsewhere (or hope to), and you’ll be left scrambling around trying to find someone else you can start all over again with and no one has time for that.

Have the right tools

Any small job around the house can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t have the right tools available to you – try hand washing all your clothes for a week, and then suddenly you have a new level of appreciation for the clothes washer in the laundry room that has been so over-worked through the years. Getting the right data from any location to the right people, at the right time can present everyone on your staff with actionable analytics.

Then you have people making faster, smarter decisions all around you! All it takes it the right ‘tool’s – like implementing the right software that’s easy to use, and presents your people with clarity in what the data is actually telling them.

Ask your people if they have fast access to data that’s impactful.

Easily accessible training

Emerson's Zedi SaaS platformWe’ve all heard that saying ‘you don’t know, what you don’t know’ – and as much as it sounds like just a poor excuse, it’s a reminder to make sure all of your people have the right training available to them that makes them better at their role. Nothing implements more self-confidence and stronger business outcomes than people that really know what they know!

Emerson’s Zedi SaaS platform offers several ways for your people to get as much training as they would like; including a wide-array of complete eLearning courses and workshops right within the platform itself, as well as loads of easy to find videos with quick tips and tricks and of course traditional group classes to be sure all of your people have the right level of training on how to fully utilize our software.

Training is all part of our straightforward pricing plan and there is never an added cost to speak with our 24/7 support that can help with any additional questions that may come up.

Supercharge your people with a wide-array our courses, workshops, and support.

Wide-array of complete eLearning courses and workshops

Disable imposter syndrome

When someone experiences self-doubt surrounding their intelligence, abilities and accomplishments—even when they have demonstrated good work and accomplishments this is referred to as ‘Imposter Syndrome’. And sadly, this is a very real problem in many organizations. It can stem from several previous experiences, and can quickly have a negative impact on your business.

Set clear expectations and give honest feedback (the good, the great, the bad and even the ugly)!

Over communicate

It’s easy to assume, but we all know where that gets us. So, don’t let your people assume anything either. Communicating with them on a regular basis helps to deliver them the information they need to know about the health, targets and goals of your organization. It’s important to over-communicate so that your employees can identify gaps that they can help with, be focused on the right outcomes, and discover more efficient ways of doing something that matters to safety, production or your profit margins.

Every long-lasting relationship is based on great communication skills – successful, long-lasting employees are no different when it comes to the leadership being upfront and honest; tell it like it is and let your people help you make the problematic pieces better.

You’ve hired the best, now keep them in the ‘know’ so they can help.

Celebrate the great

Here’s a pretty easy one to make a giant impact -don’t forget people, are well, people and every person I know loves to be recognized when they go above and beyond the call of duty. People not only want to feel like they are making an impact to your organization, but it’s nice to recognize people when they do something that they didn’t ‘have’ to but did anyway that made a substantial impact to your safety, your production, your profits or your long-term sustainability as an organization.

It doesn’t have to be a big thing; simply saying thank you can mean a lot to someone that has gone the extra mile. Send them a nice email, or a small gift card to say thanks – it doesn’t have to be huge; but it’s more important than you may realize to that person that you even noticed.

Recognize and encourage what people do to make a difference.

You may have strong profit margins for now, or an impressive safety record this year; but without your people being optimized you don’t have much for the long haul. Let us help you figure out where the gaps are for your people and we can help you get them optimized so everyone is making a positive impact on your short and long term goals through actionable data.

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