Avoiding Perfectionism in Your Hiring Process

April 26th, 2012

Perfectionism has its time and place – neither of which can be found anywhere during the hiring process. It might seem like, with so many people lining up for any and every available job, now would be the perfect time to find the perfect candidate. However, you can get so caught up in the search that you overlook excellent candidates who would serve your business well today. Doesn’t that sound better than sifting through mountains of resumes and dealing with an endless queue of interviews? Here are a few things that should help you with your search.

There’s No Such Thing as Perfect

Every candidate, no matter how many checks he has in the plus column, is going to bring some negatives to the table. That’s the beauty of dealing with people. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Your job is to find out which strengths and weaknesses you can and cannot live with.

Sometimes the Best Employees are the Biggest Surprises

Most of the time, the hiring process is a bit of a crap shoot. You never know what you’re really going to get. Some people interview well but really don’t work all that well once they’ve been hired. Others look great on paper, but the reality doesn’t quite meet with the expectations. While you don’t want to hire people who are completely unsuited for the position you have available, that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the one who looks perfect on paper comes along either.

Weigh the Pros and the Cons of Individual Candidates

The odds are high that you’re going to receive a lot of applicants for the position that’s available. Once you eliminate from the mix those who are completely unqualified for the position, the challenge becomes figuring out which candidates are better “fits” within your organization. The best way to do this is to make a list of pros and cons for each candidate.  See how they stack up to the position you need filled by also listing the strengths and weaknesses already present within your organization. Remember that most companies operate as a team of people working together these days. One person’s strength can make up for another person’s weakness.

How Trainable is the Candidate in Question?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to trainability. No matter how much industry knowledge or experience a candidate has coming into an organization or business, there is going to be a bit of a learning curve. Can this person be trained to operate in the way your business needs? How long do you believe it will take to turn each candidate on your short list into a real winner for your organization?  If you’re interested in a long-term return on investment, choose the one that offers the most potential, not the one that seems “perfect” right now
Sometimes, a little perfectionism can go a long way towards making the world a better place. But, there are also times when it’s best not to  wait for the perfect solution when there is a perfectly good possible solution right here, right now.

Increasing Productivity on the Manufacturing Floor

April 13th, 2012

As an employer, your job is to get the work done to get the job done. The faster it can be done, without any reduction in the quality of work, the sooner you’ll be able to move on to the next money maker. Meeting goals and demands is challenging. In nearly all manufacturing industries, the ultimate goal is to find ways to improve productivity on the floor. How you do this will depend greatly on the way you do business and on the areas of opportunity present on your floor.

Increase Real Time Response

One of the biggest hang-ups in the industry is the delay in getting information from the machine or worker to the production manager. By implementing devices and tools that can increase the real time experience of those on the floor, you’ll easily increase the productivity possible. There are numerous ways to do this. Some businesses have resorted to using Apple’s iPad to deliver this type of real time processing. Other devices, including remote sensors, real time location systems and wireless networks, can all add to the process and increase productivity.

Find the Problems

By using a method to analyze the way the system is working and to pinpoint problem areas, you can begin to understand what’s affecting your business’s productivity on the manufacturing floor. For example, if you implement methods that can detect and then eliminate problems associated with production systems, you’ll be improving response times and reducing those time consuming and cost intensive concerns. You can ramp up production with ease then.

Communications Matter Too

One of the biggest breakdowns in any business is a lack of communication. Hands down, if a business wants to improve its productivity, it needs to open up business communications at all levels. Streamlining communications can help ensure that everything from customer demands to on the floor problems get attention right away. Be sure that those who have the ability to make decisions are readily able to gather the information through a real time method. In other words, empowering those at a lower level to handle some types of problems on their own can improve the reaction time and response time.

The manufacturing floor of any business needs a customized solution. It is not always possible to use every method for increasing production in your business, but by using some basic tools, it is possible to make significant improvements. It may be necessary to use an analysis system or company to help find those problem areas so you can then find the best way to improve the situation.

Where are your hang-ups? If you do not know the answer to this (and every business has them) then you may be positioning your business to be limited in productivity.