Manufacturing environments are notoriously busy, with their pace of operation unmatched in other industries. Measuring data such as production volume, downtime, your Productivity Factor and Overall Operations Effectiveness (OOE) are key to measuring and improving overall performance – but did you know that this same data can also be used as a key performance motivator within your manufacturing teams?
Keeping your workers engaged with key metrics and effective messaging is proven to help maintain productivity. In this article, we’ll outline the power of using data as a key performance motivator; and how to ensure sharing it doesn’t involve unnecessary effort.
A Senior Advisor to Microsoft’s CEO was recently quoted as saying "Data is quickly becoming the new raw material of business." But why is this? It’s pretty simple: highly motivated employees build highly successful companies. And data is the key to that motivation.
In layman’s terms, performance metrics (such as information about deadlines, sprint goal progress, sales or budget goals) create a strong sense of ownership and belonging, including:
Successfully sharing company data relies on both transparency and efficiency. In other words, it’s key that your team has access to data that will both motivate them and positively influence how they do their job; without creating unnecessary messaging clutter or noise. The sales department doesn’t necessarily need to see the rate at which products leave the conveyor belt, and vice versa.
When it comes to deciding what to share, make sure you consider these parameters:
Align and motivate
Data should align and motivate your team by bringing them on the company’s journey, such as remind them how the data relates to your company’s vision and purpose!
Set performance expectations
Data should set performance expectations.
For example what’s the baseline OOE that the current team on shift can compare their performance to?
Show real-time data
To be truly meaningful, data should be shared as close to real-time as possible.
Key metrics should be presented in a meaningful way, easy to understand and act on.
Let’s face it – data is powerful; but it’s not easy to ‘free’ those benefits from spreadsheets, enterprise grade dashboards and data warehouses and hubs.
At Vibe.fyi, we’re on a mission to take the headache out of sharing data with your manufacturing teams.
Years of working to help large organisations communicate with hard-to-reach workers (those who don’t sit at their desks, like yours) has taught us that to achieve cut-through, messaging needs to stand out and be actively placed in front of the workforce. Data is no different – it has to be brought to life in a meaningful, visual and vibrant format.
Vibe.fyi has become an essential tool for many companies with a large workforce who need to present complex data to their teams. Vibe.fyi
transforms data (in many cases automatically) into high impact visuals, presented in a snackable format,
and with immediacy so that information is easily understood and retained.
Seamless integration within your digital workplace (i.e. SharePoint, Power BI, Facebook Workplace, MicroStrategy and others) and customer satisfaction data (Ask Nicely, Customer Radar, Qualtrics and others) means content delivery can be automated and presented via digital screens and (if employees have them) screensavers and the default browser home page.
Using Vibe.fyi to visualise data insights allows you to:
Keep your warehouse schedule
on-track with live updates on production.
Share progress on shift targets.
Motivate your employees to keep H&S top of mind.
When choosing a product, Vibe.fyi ticked all the boxes.
Vibe was head and shoulders above the rest, because it offered the best and simplest application.
The flexibility of the Vibe.fyi solution impressed our project team
Some screens show events; others display news, weather and quizzes; and others a ‘personal touch’, with birthdays and anniversaries.
It's a really simple and effective way to help communicate key messages to all workers on our construction sites.
Rather than settling for basic posters that don't get updated often, Vibe's moving imagery and fun colors catches the eye.
Their customer service is exceptional.
From our very first introductory meeting, they have always been on hand to offer information and support. They proactively step-in to find ways to make things work. Friendly, knowledgeable and very responsive!
Vibe provides a way of supporting the key messages around safety, wellbeing, operational updates and employee recognition.
We’ve experienced a 20% reduction in volume of emails.
With an obviously more positive, interactive, connected and engaged workforce, who appear a lot happier!
Vibe gets cut-through
Vibe is now officially part of our channel mix and is becoming one of our main channels of communication (and has the potential to become the main channel).
Vibe helps us drive engagement. Definitely a very positive tool!
It has enabled us to display life-saving rules, incentive tracking and information that hasn't been available to non-wired staff previously.
There was a lot of printing of flyers and posters which is both costly and environmentally unfriendly.
With Vibe's on-screen format it’s easy to make changes instantly on the fly without the need for a reprint. No more excuses from staff not reading internal emails. Messaging is right there, on the screen.
It's very cool and a great way to communicate with and engage my non-wired employees.
The digital templates are extensive and the Vibe team support is outstanding. The feedback I get from my team tells me we're on the right track.
We originally needed a mechanism to push out health and safety information to all of our people.
After a few years, we now use the screens for Health & Safety, general notices, reporting dashboards, news, financial and wellness programs.
You can just have it all on Vibe.
Even when you’re at home, you can have these snackable bits of content you can retain, instead of having to check an email, look at an announcement, go from one platform to another.
Our people love the wellbeing program content!
Our people are impressed that we are providing them with communication that is timely and will help improve their safety, health and wellbeing.
It saves us time, plus it's a very modern solution and it helps engage and inspire our people.
With uncertain times, we have another communication channel to ensure our business key messages are been seen.
Specifically for those that communicate with our customers.
I like having the ability to control what content is displayed on each screen with playlists.
We have screens across two different locations with a different audience requirement for each one.
Great way to engage with our team. Different to standard notice boards where the team don't look at it.
Keeps areas noise-free and are able to just have a tv screen with rolling information.
We started with COVID messages, but by mid-Nov we were communicating other business events on site.
We're using Vibe for EVERYTHING. Facebook groups, café menus, surveys (with a QR code), internal videos, welcoming our summer interns, Christmas messaging from our CEO + more!
Vibe has been a hit from the beginning! Better collaboration, visibility, sharing and accountability.
We’ve also experienced a 60% increase in awareness of upcoming events in the business calendar and were able to celebrate at least five times more staff achievements than we could have using email.
Being a construction project we also use Vibe to show our office-bound staff what’s happening out on site.
This helps promote a greater understanding of progress and gives a feel of inclusion.
It has helped raise awareness around services we offer.
The screens have not only been a great visual aid for residents, they have also been an excellent marketing and sales tool.
One of our favourite features is the ability to show social media feeds - with Yammer.
Our people can keep their finger on the pulse of what's happening and they don't have to be stuck behind their desks all day.
The Vibe team are great to work with - super proactive, super helpful.
Infact we haven't needed them too much because it's really easy to use and very simple and effective.
Vibe is a great tool for bringing staff together and sharing news and event footage internally.
I'm not an IT person at all, but the Vibe system is super easy to use, requiring minimal input.
The screens are fabulous and have been a great tool for improving the accuracy of information, removing a lot of frustration around the village.
People love Vibe. I would say using Vibe.fyi has been 100% effective!
Employees stop and look at the screens. Our deskless workforce say they feel more informed, as they saw something before their team leader told them.
It's transformed our communications for our non-wired staff.
The comm's tools we used previously for our non-wired employees weren’t up to the same level as those for wired.
Vibe has worked during COVID-19; and beyond.
As an essential service, needed Vibe in all Distribution Centres during the first lockdown to provide H&S information. It's been the solution we needed to reach all of our staff in a timely manner.
This software has helped stop geographical office separation and team silos.
Meetings are shorter. We get immediate reporting to the whole business on performance without having to send more emails to get the data required.
Vibe helps us get internal messaging to staff in a fun, graphic format.
As well as the serious stuff, slideshows of staff events are very popular. Plus, promote our outward-facing social media content inwardly to staff and visitors.
We are now able to share general company information and specific site information to large groups of people.
It suits our teams and contractors in different locations, which in the past has been difficult to communicate with.
We can easily share information to staff across New Zealand that isn't always available to them.
The different templates are a bonus - there's always a layout that works with what you want to share.
Vibe.fyi has helped the team improve resident engagement
The MATV feed is hugely popular with residents who don't have to leave the comfort of their own room to access information about what's going on in the village.
Really great for providing snackable and understandable content, it’s visually a great way to communicate.
The impact when people see our big digital wall at reception is great.
The results have surpassed our own expectations.
Our key stakeholders have wanted to know how we implemented such a stunning platform. Our CEO has been raving about it!
Vibe is a great internal communications tool that is user-friendly and customised to our business.
Their customer service team is friendly and quick to get in touch if you have a query or issue.
I haven't seen a solution this powerful before!
Our people absolutely love it and it's helped us transform how we communicate.
This software is amazing!
There are some real cool features on Vibe and it's easy to use.
We have found Vibe very effective as an implementation model for dashboard content.
It helps us visualise data. It’s a great system and I would definitely recommend it.
We're saving time and increasing team efficiency!
Vibe.fyi has had a positive impact on team meetings – the duration of meetings has reduced by approximately 30% because of not needing to cover the tracking of core services.
If we took it away now, there would be a riot!
Being able to set all the screens up differently is fantastic. It provides a real 'feel-good' factor for residents.