7/25/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Shop Manager Shows This Video to Help Employees Focus

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

The shop’s team members “need to understand their responsibility to our stakeholders to be productive in an extremely competitive global market,” he says. Distractions such as headphones work against this, because our brains cannot really multitask.

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

In my recent column, “The Attentiveness Gap,” I mentioned the observation of a group of travelers I was with that manufacturing workers in Japan do not listen to music while working, even when they are doing repetitive tasks. Mike Petrusch, VP of manufacturing for Cox Manufacturing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, wrote to respond to this. He said:

“Your comment that the Japanese do not listen to music while working reminded me of a video that we show in our shop to new employees. Despite what people think about their ability to multitask, the human mind can really only focus on one task at a time. You can either listen to music or work with your hands. Take a few minutes to watch this YouTube video [embedded above].”

He went on to say: “I have been showing this video for a couple of years. The reason: our millennials. I have watched our youngest employees bouncing to the music in their headphones while either punching offsets into the controls of our very expensive CNC production equipment or ensuring the quality of our customers’ parts. We want them to enjoy their time at work, but they also need to understand their responsibility to our stakeholders to be productive in an extremely competitive global market.

“I banned the headphones. They are a distraction as well as a safety concern. While I have not banned cell phone use in the building, I have stressed that its use should be appropriate to work. Focus!

“That focus is important. We stress to the staff that anyone with several million dollars can buy every piece of equipment we own. There is nothing unique about the Tornos Deco, Tsugami, Index, Euroturn or Miyano equipment that we own. The only competitive advantage that we have is each team member’s brain working in conjunction with the brains of their co-workers.”

Hand holding a crystal ball

We’d rather send you $15 than rely on our crystal ball…

It’s Capital Spending Survey season and the manufacturing industry is counting on you to participate! Odds are that you received our 5-minute Metalworking survey from Modern Machine Shop in your mail or email. Fill it out and we’ll email you $15 to exchange for your choice of gift card or charitable donation. Are you in the U.S. and not sure you received the survey? Contact us to access it.

Help us inform the industry and everybody benefits.

RELATED CONTENT

  • Does This School Have the Formula for Mfg Education?

    A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.

  • A Practical Guide To Presetters

    Tool measurement devices help shops save time, control runout and improve tool management.

  • Advice On Starting Small

    Read what shop owners had to say to someone who wondered whether he should open a very small shop of his own.

Related Topics

Resources