The manufacturing industry relies on motivated individuals working collectively in order to maintain operations to a professional standard and make manufacturing improvements. Without this, a business in the sector is likely to fail.

As a manufacturing business typically employs a large number of people, there is always a risk of some individuals doing less work than others, which can impact overall productivity and operational performance. On the other hand, there will be employees who work harder than others to achieve their goals, and this can go unnoticed by business leaders in daily operations.

Manufacturing workplace training can be structured to put employees in a position of responsibility by testing them in actual situations mirrored to their daily roles. In doing this, business leaders will be able to see who the real talent at their business is, and take steps to retain these high potential employees and offer them opportunities to progress at the company.

Motivate high potential employees

According to a study conducted by Motivates, nearly one-third (29%) of employees say that they are not motivated at work. Of these employees, a quarter said that they have no career progression. If employees, especially talented employees, do not see any opportunities to progress at a business, they are more likely to seek new ventures.

Presenting employees across a company with the opportunity to learn the skills required for roles that are above their current position as part of manufacturing workplace training will give business leaders a clear indication of those with high potential. In carrying out these tasks, high potential employees will be able to handle increased responsibility and actively engage with the programme, working to develop their skills in order to succeed. In contrast, demotivated employees will not engage and show a lack of interest.

Despite potentially making mistakes, motivated employees will show a determination to make manufacturing improvements as part of their training. These are the employees that business leaders can identify as high potential.

Business simulations

Business simulations can be implemented into manufacturing workplace training to immerse individuals in exact situations that they will have to undertake as part of their daily roles. When structured correctly, individuals can develop their skills, make manufacturing improvements and increase their learning retention.

The benefit of business simulations compared to traditional manufacturing workplace training methods is that employees have the opportunity to mirror a typical workplace situation in a risk-free environment, meaning that when the time comes to put the skills learnt during training into practice, employees will be able to make manufacturing improvements more easily.

Allowing employees to work together to develop their commercial skills as part of a business simulation or risk awareness training programme will also give a clear indication of the individuals who perform better than others. Talented individuals will engage with the simulation, listen and respect others and be able to accurately assess their performance including what was done well and what could be improved on.

The most talented employees at any business want to be motivated within their roles. They want reassurance that their hard work will be rewarded with opportunities to progress and develop their skills even further. Effective manufacturing workplace training will allow these individuals to flourish, while also helping business leaders to identify them easily.